Interpreting on a cruise ship in the port of Barcelona


Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson, Chesca Guim and Víctor Amela on the Valiant Lady

Sir Branson with Victor Amela and Chesca Guim

Interpreting Richard Branson


Thanks to our partner Tradnologies, this month we had the privilege of interpreting Sir Richard Branson on the Valiant Lady, the cruise ship currently moored in the port of Barcelona, which has started her journey around the Mediterranean.

During the meeting, Chesca Guim from CGS Translations did the simultaneous interpretation of press interviews with Covid protocols. Sir Branson was interviewed by journalists from La Vanguardia, Condé Nast Traveller Magazine, local and national television channels TVE3. The interpreters used single-use radiofrequency devices, in accordance with SARS-CoV-2 prevention protocols.

Sir Branson, a dynamic, approachable man with a great sense of humour, who found business success from very early on in his career, answered questions about business entrepreneurship, his cruise offerings and especially about his extensive philanthropic work at Virgin Unite on issues such as drug decriminalisation and conflict resolution.

The final interview of the day ended with a surprisingly tender moment; when asked what three things he would take with him to a desert island, the tycoon replied, “firstly, my wife, otherwise I’d be in a lot of trouble, then my children and, of course, my grandchildren”. In life, it is clear that money really isn’t everything.

Sir Richard Branson with Chesca Guim

The Valiant Lady

Service provided

Simultaneous interpreting ENG>CAT, CAT>ENG