Nat Barr got a taste of the luxe life on Tuesday.
The Sunrise host surprised viewers when she was whisked away to Virgin Voyages’ The Resilient Lady halfway through the breakfast show.
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Joining Sir Richard Branson on the ship at Sydney’s Circular Quay, Nat quizzed the Virgin boss on the new cruise line.
“I would not have gone into creating a cruise company unless it was completely unconventional,” Sir Richard explained, calling the ship more like sailing on a “beautiful yacht” around the world.
The flamboyant billionaire beamed as he spoke about the ship being “adults only” with “no buffets” or “tipping” on board, saying it would suit Aussie customers perfectly.
Sunrise’s Nat Barr and Sir Richard Branson on board Virgin Voyage’s The Resilient Lady in Sydney Harbour Credit: Sunrise
“There are a lot of Australians who have said they’d like an adults-only ship to get a break from the kids or maybe they want to meet other single people,” he said.
“So, we are giving it a whole season and the indications are it’s going to be a great success and then hopefully we’ll come back every year.”
Sir Richard explained the cruise ship included “72 different nationalities of staff” on board with “1200 of them to look after you (on the ship)“, and 24 different restaurants.
Nat soon turned her attention to harder-hitting questions, asking Sir Richard about Sydney’s berthing issue, which is preventing Virgin Voyages from making a homebase in Sydney.
“We’d love to have Sydney and Melbourne as homebases and, yes, it’s tough in Sydney to get enough docking space but we will get there,” Sir Richard said.
“Melbourne is a beautiful port and we will operate out of there and obviously we’ve got Virgin Australia to get people to Melbourne so it will work out.”
Richard went on to tout the “enormous” economic benefits of his ship docking in Sydney.
“Everybody who is on the ship is now out in Sydney in restaurants, in shops spending money and so it benefits them enormously, any city, to have a cruise line like Virgin come in,” Richard added.
Earlier in the broadcast, Nat was taken by mini-bus to the ship, surprising viewers.
“She’s big,” Nat said, staring up at the ship when she arrived at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal.
Weekend Sunrise star Monique Wright filled-in for Nat for the rest of the morning.
Virgin Voyages was launched in 2021, with three ships cruising Europe, the Caribbean, and now Australia.
Sir Richard welcomed the ship to Sydney’s Circular Quay on Monday, as he cheered the ship entering the harbour from a speedboat.
Branson has clearly been enjoying his time down under, climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of his Sydney trip.