British business magnate Richard Branson is making Miami the main port for his new Virgin Cruises, and plans to have three ships sailing by 2020.
Branson made the announcement at a press conference at the Perez Art Museum Tuesday. Branson announced in December he would launch the cruise line, which joins a strong Virgin compound of a record label, an airline and even space travel, among others.
Virgin Cruises President and CEO Tom McAlpin joined Branson at the event.
Branson and McAlpin announced the signing of a letter of intent with Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri for three new mid-size ships that will feature 1,430 cabins to host 2,800 guests.
Virgin Cruises plans to offer a range of seven-day Caribbean cruises sailing out on Sundays from PortMiami.
McAlpin joined Virgin Cruises in December and was President of Disney Cruise Line and The World, Residences at Sea.