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Duchess of Cornwall to name Saga’s new cruise ship Spirit of Discovery in Dover

The Duchess of Cornwall will name Saga’s newly built boutique cruise ship, Spirit of Discovery, in Dover on 5 July.

The ship will be the first to be named at the Kent port for more than a decade, and the first to be docked at Dover Western Docks following the £250m redevelopment of the area.

Spirit of Discovery
Spirit of Discovery is the first of two new builds for Saga Cruises

Before the naming ceremony, the Duchess will be given a tour Spirit of Discovery, which has been built using classic and contemporary materials and furnishings. It also boasts more than 1,000 pieces of art on board, including 400 original pieces commissioned from British based artists and artisans.

Hush Heath, an independent wine producer from Kent, will provide a jeroboam of their sparkling wine for the naming ceremony that has been specially blended for the ship.

The Duchess of Cornwall and Saga share a common link in their support for The Silver Line, a charity founded by TV presenter Dame Esther Rantzen after she experienced intense loneliness following the death of her husband. The Duchess is the patron of the charity and The Silver Line is Saga’s first national charity partner.

Lance Batchelor, Group CEO of Saga, said: “The launch of our new ship is a key moment in both the history and future of Saga. Carrying fewer than 1,000 passengers, she is a boutique ship that offers our customers and members the highest standards of accommodation, furnishings, cuisine and entertainment. ”

Spirit of Discovery has been registered in the UK and will proudly display London as her port of registry on her stern. Her sister ship, Spirit of Adventure, will also fly the Red Ensign when she launches in 2020.

Spirit of Discovery will arrive in Dover on 28 June. The keel was laid for Spirit of Adventure on 3 June.

Posted on 8th June 2019 at 12:05 pm in Cruise News | New Ships | Cruise Lines | Saga Cruises |

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