The Spirit of Discovery the latest acquisition of the company Saga Cruises arrives in Lisbon for the first time on August 14th, one of the destinations of a 14-night voyage with Dover as homeport and Gibraltar, Cartagena, Seven, Barcelona, Alicante and Lisbon as ports of call.
Built on the Meyer Werft Shipyards in Germany, the Spirit of Discovery was christened in Dover on July 5 by her godmother, Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall. The Spirit of Discovery was the first ship to be baptized in the port for Dover in the last decade and the first to be docked at Dover Western Docks following the development of the area.
With 236,7 meters in length and 58 119 tons, the Spirit of Discovery has a capacity of 999 passengers and 505 crew.
The Spirit of Discovery represents the rebirth of the Saga Cruises and sets a new standard in small luxury cruise ships. The ship has a classic and contemporary style with a selection of materials and furnishings that create a luxurious environment.
The Spirit of Discovery was built for a British market with London hotel-style specialty restaurants and an Art Deco-influenced Lido area. The ship has 400 original pieces of artwork commissioned by British artists and artisans, most notably the bronze relief spanning three decks of the atrium depicts scenes of the British Isles, including the Saga Head office in Folkestone.
The Port of Lisbon will offer to the Capitan Julian Burgess the usual commemorative plaque, and the ship will be escorted by Svitzer tugboats to the Lisbon Cruise Terminal.