Passengers on a Virgin Australia flight got in on the fun when its founder Sir Richard Branson appeared via Facetime and offered them free vacations worth up to $7,000 each. More than 150 passengers were on flight VA 1316, bound for Melbourne to Hobart on Thursday morning, when they were told a free trip with Virgin Voyages to celebrate the cruise line’s arrival in Australia.
She will arrive in Australia for the first time next month with Resilient Lady (Virgin Voyages’ Australian ship) calling Melbourne her home port.
The reason this particular flight was chosen is because it is the same route Resilient Lady will traveldeparting Melbourne’s Station Pier on December 11.
According to News.com.au, Mr Branson he was reportedly in the middle of a tennis tournament on his private island – Necker – when he contacted the crew, who then relayed his message to the passengers.
“We’re counting down to the arrival of Virgin Voyages – setting sail the Virgin way with adults-only routes to Australia and New Zealand. Sorry guys, you’ll have to stay outBranson told the passengers. “Well today you happen to be traveling the same route as our Australian MerMaiden Voyage. To celebrate this milestone, I’m delighted to gift every adult passenger a free Virgin Voyages cruise to the excited passengers.”
Resilient Lady is Virgin Voyages’ newest ship which only started sailing this year.
The ship has set sail in Athens and in October began its 45-day voyage to Dubai, Singapore and Sydney where it will then head to its new port in Melbourne, notes the New York Post.
Some of the most interesting features of the ship are that it includes a tattoo parlor – for which there is reportedly a waiting list – and an on-demand champagne delivery service, where one can request champagne to be delivered via their phone anywhere on the ship.
Source: News Beast
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