When a vessel is refurbished, several things can ensue. On the one hand, passengers will be able to enjoy a slew of new and exciting features, but on the other hand, new equipment might lead to accidents and the subsequent need for a cruise ship injury attorney. Hopefully, there will be no mishaps as the newly refurbished ship, MV Voyager, heads out on her maiden voyage today from Portsmouth International Port.
The luxury vessel arrived in Portsmouth on December 1, after a month long refit. Part of the “Voyages of Discovery” fleet, the 540 passenger cruise ship has a brand new look and several innovative features, including new décor, dining areas and a panoramic view piano bar.
Around 1,500 prospective guests were expected to take tours of the Voyager during a three-day period before it set sail. Portsmouth officials and residents celebrated the Voyager’s arrival over the weekend with an expo in the terminal building featuring many of the City’s main attractions.
Before the maiden Voyage sets sail, Reverend Phillip Hiscock, the Chaplain for the Port of Portsmouth, will lead the naming ceremony. The vessel will then embark on a 147 day Grand Voyage around the Caribbean and South America before heading back to Portsmouth at the end of April.
Voyager’s newly appointed godmother, Miranda Krestovnikoff, a British television host specializing in natural history programs, will name the vessel. According to Alan Murray, Managing Director of Voyages of Discovery, “Miranda embodies discovery, a love for exploring and learning about new destinations, which are all the core values of Voyages of Discovery.”
Krestovnikoff was equally excited about the ceremony.
“The size of Voyager means that she is able to access remote, out-of-the-way places which is perfect for people like me who like to explore new destinations. I hope that through this association with Voyages of Discovery, I will encourage others to get out and discover more of the world. The event in Portsmouth is such an important date in a ship’s life span and I am really excited to be a part of it,” she said.
Portsmouth International Port has been experiencing more traffic than usual recently, with 50 cruise ships expected to call at the port next year – an increase of 43 percent from this year’s projections. Martin Putman, Port Manager at Portsmouth International Port, is thrilled with the cruise industry boom the area has experienced and is happy to welcome the Voyager.
“We are delighted to host MV Voyager’s naming ceremony. It will be wonderful to welcome her, the passengers, and hundreds of potential customers to the Port over a four-day period. We’re looking forward to showing them just what a wonderful time they can have by adding a day or two to their holiday and visiting some of Portsmouth’s excellent attractions,” said Putman.
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