The Port of Southampton has welcomed guests from Saga Cruises’ newest cruise ship on her maiden voyage around the UK. Namely, passengers on the ‘Spirit of Discovery’, were welcomed to the city on 22 July. The maiden voyage is touring the UK.
A few weeks after the ship’s naming ceremony on 5 July when the Duchess of Cornwall officially became the ship’s Godmother, the Spirit of Discovery called at the Port of Southampton.
A traditional plaque and key ceremony was also held during the ship’s maiden call, with the Captain exchanging plaques with Alastair Welch, Port Director.
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The Spirit of Discovery’s transit call to Southampton will mark approximately 300 visits from Saga Cruises since the cruise line began in 1997. Each cruise ship call is expected to be worth £2million to the economy. The ship can accommodate 999 passengers.
Commenting on the occasion, Alastair Welch, ABP Southampton Director, stated:
We’re proud to be a transit call on the Spirit of Discovery’s maiden voyage. Saga Cruises has been a long-standing visitor to the Port of Southampton for many years and this new vessel is an example of high-end, boutique cruising