Saga Spirit of Discovery duchess of cornwall godmother

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall becomes godmother to Saga's Spirit of Discovery

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall became godmother to Saga’s new boutique cruise ship Spirit of Discovery in Dover, Kent on Friday.

It’s the first cruise ship to be named at the Port of Dover for over a decade.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall joined more than 500 guests in true British style for the garden party on a quayside.  She was given a tour of the cruise ship which has been designed and built to be a British ‘boutique’ hotel on the sea. On board she met Jools Holland OBE in ‘The Club by Jools’, as well as Captain Julian Burgess and crew on the Bridge and entertainers in the Playhouse, the ship’s theatre. She also viewed some of the 400 plus pieces of original art commissioned by British based artists and artisans. Following the tour, 

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall formally named Spirit of Discovery with a jeroboam of the specially-blended Hush Heath English sparkling wine, before an eco-confetti cannon fired across the proceedings.

Robin Shaw, chief executive officer of Saga Travel, said: “This is an immensely proud moment for Saga. We started this journey to build something special some three and a half years ago, and today, we are honoured to be joined by our Godmother, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. We firmly believe that Spirit of Discovery creates a new British quality standard in the cruising market and we can’t wait to welcome guests on board.”

The inaugural cruise of Spirit of Discovery, named ‘A British First’, will depart from Dover on July 10 and sail around the British Isles.


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