Voyager named by TV Miranda

Revamped mv Voyager has been christened by her new Godmother, history and wildlife TV presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff, in a ceremony in Portsmouth. Miranda, above with Captain Neil Broomhall, said: “Being the Godmother to mv Voyager is a great honour, and I hope to bring elements of my own personality and passions to the ship, including my love of travelling and discovery.”

The 540-passenger liner is now sailing the Caribbean but will be back next summer offering cruises from the UK. The 14-day “Land of the midnight sun” cruise departing from Portsmouth on June 11 calling at Bergen (Norway), Leknes and Stavenger (Norway) costs from £1,869.

The ship’s multi-million pound facelift includes the introduction of an “explorer theme” – the new Scott’s Lounge, a classic piano bar serving cocktails into the evening, and speciality restaurant The Explorer Club. A new Lookout Lounge provides panoramic views from the front of the ship and a new terrace with all-weather awning has been added to the Veranda restaurant for al fresco dining.

mv Voyager, which has 270 cabins, 87 per cent outside and 30 with balconies, has become part of All Leisure Group’s Voyages of Discovery brand. Passengers left on a circumnavigation of South America and the Caribbean, a five-month voyage taking in destinations including Margarita Island in Venezuela, Puerto Cortes in Honduras, Manta in Ecuador, Callao in Peru, around Cape Horn, cruising the Amazon River in Brazil, the Cuban capital of Havana and back to Portsmouth via the Azores.

Voyages of Discovery MD Alan Murray said: “Our investment in revamping the ship comes when the UK cruise market, especially for cruises departing from UK ports, is outperforming the broader British cruise market.”

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