Virgin Voyages has begun laying off staff following the postponement of its first sailing.
Scarlet Lady, the first vessel from the brand, was expected to launch on April 1st.
However, this has now been delated until August 7th at the earliest in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
In response to the delay, Virgin Voyages has been forced to make a number of redundancies.
A statement explained: “When Virgin Voyages was founded nearly seven years ago, we never dreamed the world and our industry would be facing the type of challenges we all are today.
“These are especially hard times for hospitality and travel.
“We have strong stakeholders who are completely behind us and supportive of Virgin Voyages, but there is a need to make some tough decisions in the interim.”
The statement added: “Our goal right now is to take care of our crew as much as we’re able to despite the global challenges, as Virgin has always been a people-first brand.
“Until we set sail, we wish health and wellbeing to all and we look forward to when we can travel together again.”
The news comes despite assurances from Virgin Group founder Richard Branson that layoffs would be avoided wherever possible.
Commenting on the delayed launch, Branson added: “We…