During last year’s Diamond Jubilee River pageant, the Spirit of Chartwell became the main attraction as it was boarded by members of the Royal Family.
It has now been announced that the Diamond Jubilee barge is begin a new life in Portugal as a Luxury cruise. The Vessel, which underwent a £1 million transformation for the Jubilee, will now offer cruises along the Douro River.
The Spirit of Chartwell was selected to be the royal barge in 2011 and last June during the Diamond Jubilee sailed down the river Thames, with Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, they were joined by Prince Charles, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The barge decorated in red, gold and purple, gained huge cheers from the crowds of over one million people who had lined the river banks, not even the rain could stop the celebration of over a 1,000 strong flotilla. As the million lined the river banks, over 11 million watched the spectacle on BBC One.
Despite being one of the main attractions of the Jubilee, the 64-metre-long Royal barge will now be a luxury vessel for guests, and boasts 14 luxurious cabins, a Royal suite, a restaurant, a piano bar and a spacious open-air upper-deck.
“It is important to keep the charm that it has because it’s a very charming vessel.” Mario Ferreira, the company’s chief executive explained
“It’s a great opportunity for the people that saw that event and saw that beautiful vessel to come and experience it, have a relaxed trip and be treated like royalty.”
Mario added he feels the Douro Valley is the “perfect surrounding” to offer cruises.
photo credit: Commonwealth Secretariat via photopin cc
What a shame it’s leaving Britain. It’s a national treasure now.
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