HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has been announced as the Godmother of Saga’s newly built boutique ship Spirit of Discovery.
Lance Batchelor, group CEO of Saga, said: “I am delighted that The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to be Godmother of the Spirit of Discovery. The launch of our new ship is a key moment in both history and the 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. I am immensely proud of what we have created with shipyard Meyer Werft.”
The Duchess of Cornwall will attend Spirit of Discovery’s naming ceremony in Dover on 5 July where she will be given a tour of the ship.
It has also been revealed that for the ceremony, Hush Heath, an independent wine producer from Kent, will provide a jeroboam of sparkling wine specially blended for the ship.
In building Spirit of Discovery, classic and contemporary materials and furnishings have been combined to create a luxurious environment. The 1,000 plus pieces of art on board will include 400 original pieces commissioned from British-based artists and artisans.
It will be the first cruise ship to be named at the Port of Dover for over a decade, and the first to be docked at Dover Western Docks following the £250m redevelopment of the area.
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. HRH is the patron of the charity and the Silver Line is Saga’s first national charity partner.
Sophie Andrews, CEO of the Silver Line, said: “Our team is absolutely delighted to see this coming together of our patron and our charity partner, Saga. The Silver Line helpline receives more than 10,500 calls every week from vulnerable and isolated older people, many of whom have nowhere else to turn which demonstrates the depth of loneliness felt by huge numbers of the UK’s older population.”
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