UK cruise line Voyages of Discovery has officially named its new ship the mv Voyager, at a special ceremony in Portmouth. The vessel, which was named by the wildlife and history presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff , who was recently named as the ship’s godmother, was blessed by the Reverend Phillip Hiscock, Chaplain to the Port of Portsmouth in a traditional ceremony. The ceremony was also attended by media, the lord mayor and other dignitaries.
“Being the Godmother to mv Voyager is a great honour, and as I take on this new role I hope to bring elements of my own personality and passions to the ship, including my love of travelling and discovery,” said Krestovnikoff commenting on her new role.
The ship, formerly the Alexander von Humboldt, was purchased by All Leisure Group in 2009 and has already received major technical upgrades, plus the addition of more balcony cabins. Voyager will become the second ship in the Voyages of Discovery fleet, joining the 650-passenger Discovery, which will undergo an extensive refurbishment prior to returning to service in March 2013.
“Our investment in revamping the ship comes at a time when the UK cruise market, especially for cruises departing from UK ports of call, is outperforming the broader British cruise market,” said Alan Murry Voyages of Discovery managing director. “Ensuring that the bulk of our spend in the refurbishment and technical upgrade was made in
the UK, and in UK businesses, makes us especially proud of the ship, and the high standards of workmanship are a fitting tribute to the nation’s great shipping and exploration traditions.