Tom McAlpin, CEO of Virgin Voyages, said in a statement emailed to The Epoch Times that the company's goal is to provide "the safest travel experience, which means vaccinations for both our crew and passengers."
The move makes Virgin Voyages one of the first cruise lines to mandate the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus vaccine.
"We know that the future is vaccinations and testing," McAlpin said, and that's why Virgin Voyages is "committed to fully vaccinated cruises," he added.
The Virgin Voyages chief also said the company is "really encouraged" by the Biden administration's latest vaccine rollout plans "in the May time frame."
McAlpin said the adult-only aspect of the cruise line "allows for us to offer a highly controlled, safe environment for everyone on board" and that the company is "uniquely set up to do this with testing and vaccine travel requirements."
"There’s a huge pent up demand for travel," he said, adding that Virgin Voyages would soon be ready to welcome passengers aboard.
Branson announced the creation of the Virgin Voyages, a joint venture with Bain Capital, to fanfare and promise of being a disruptive force in the cruise industry.
“We’ll be operating out of America where [COVID-19] is not an issue,” he replied. “We’re not worried at the moment and the authorities seem to be doing everything they can to get it under control.”
"It's not an issue at the moment and, hopefully, it'll never become an issue," he added.