Giant new liner that can carry 4,160 people and weighs 110,000 tonnes becomes biggest ship ever to dock in Portsmouth

A GIANT luxury cruise ship bigger than a Royal Navy aircraft carrier docked in Portsmouth for the first time yesterday.

Richard Branson’s new Scarlet Lady liner is the biggest ship to have ever dropped anchor in the city – weighing 110,000 tonnes.

The Virgin Voyages vessel has space for 3,000 passengers and 1,160 crew members.

Guests can pay up to £1,325 per night to enjoy the ship’s 20 restaurants, swimming pools, spas and fitness centre.

The cruise – exclusively for over 18s – even has its own tattoo and piercing parlour on board.

Mike Sellers, Portsmouth International Port’s director, said: “The eyes of the world will be on Scarlet Lady’s debut, but there is no better harbour than this one, famous for its legendary maritime journeys.

“It will be a spectacle like no other as the distinctive Scarlet Lady sails through the spectacular harbour entrance, we can be sure sailors and crew will experience a warm Portsmouth reception.”

Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group. “Our team has curated such a fantastic experience for our sailors and know this is a holiday they will love.

“Virgin Voyages has been looking forward to sailing, and we’re so excited to announce our plans to sail from the UK.”

The Scarlet Lady

  • Weight: 110,000 tonnes
  • Length: 227m
  • Capacity: 3,000 passengers, 1,160 crew
  • 1,408 passenger cabins and 813 crew cabins.
  • 17 decks
  • Service speed of 20 knots (23mph) and a max speed of 22 knots (25mph)
  • Built in Italy

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