Spirit of Chartwell barge

Spirit of Chartwell barge cruise ship
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Cruise line
Douro Azul (River Cruises)

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Spirit of Chartwell barge Review and Specifications

Specifications of Spirit of Chartwell barge

Year built1997  /  Age : 21
Flag state United Kingdom
BuilderScheepswerf Grave BV (Grave, Holland)
Classhotel barge
OwnerMystic Invest
OperatorDouro Azul
Speed11 kn / 20 kph / 13 mph
Length (LOA)64 m / 210 ft
Beam (width)7 m / 23 ft
Gross Tonnage485 gt
Passengers15 - 30
Crew14
Decks3
Cabins15
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2012
Former namesVincent van Gogh

Review of Spirit of Chartwell barge

MV Spirit of Chartwell is a luxury hotel barge owned and operated by the Portuguese company Douro Azul. The former Queen's Jubilee barge was bought in September 2012 by Mario Ferreira - president of Mystic Invest Group and CEO of Douro Azul. The ship was revamped to a luxury riverboat for Douro River cruises in Portugal.

MV Spirit of Chartwell barge cruise ship

The vessel was initially a Rhine cruise ship (MS Vincent van Gogh). In 2010, MV Spirit of Chartwell was refitted and refurbished as luxury Thames River barge cruise ship by the Dutch Kooiman Group. The ship was back then owned and operated by "Magna Carta Steamship Company" for deluxe cruising on Thames River in England. In late 2011, Spirit of Chartwell was selected to be the "royal barge" as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of HM Queen Elizabeth II. On June 3, 2012 the vessel transported the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh along with a flotilla of over 1000 vessels during Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. In June 2012, the ship was sold to Douro Azul.

During its UK service, Spirit of Chartwell was designed in the style of Cote d'Azur Pullman Express deluxe train. The ship still carries artefacts from the authentic train and ocean liners, like SS France, RMS Windsor Castle and RMS Kenya Castle.

This unique Douro River barge cruise ship has a total of 15 cabins (max capacity 30 passengers). Among the 4-star hotel onboard amenities are 32-inch flat TVs, single beds, en-suite bathrooms in all staterooms, piano bar lounge, spacious sun deck with sunshade awnings.

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Spirit of Chartwell barge Itineraries 2018

The below listed Spirit of Chartwell barge cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest River Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Porto cruise port

01 August 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Gilbert and Sullivan on the Douro with Lisbon
Prices starting
from $2998
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01 Aug      Departing from Porto, Leixoes, Portugal(Coach transfer)   
03 Aug - 04 Aug     Regua, Portugal(Overnight)   
04 Aug     Regua, Portugal   
04 Aug - 05 Aug     Pinhao, Portugal(Overnight)   
05 Aug     Pinhao, Portugal   
05 Aug - 06 Aug     Vega de Terron, Spain(Overnight)   
06 Aug     Vega de Terron, Spain(Salamanca)   
06 Aug - 07 Aug     Barca d'Alva, Portugal(Overnight)   
07 Aug     Barca d'Alva, Portugal   
07 Aug - 08 Aug     Regua, Portugal(Overnight)   
08 Aug - 09 Aug     Porto, Leixoes, Portugal(Overnight)   
09 Aug      Arriving in Porto, Leixoes, Portugal   

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Spirit of Chartwell barge Itineraries 2019

The below listed Spirit of Chartwell barge cruise prices on 2019 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest River Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Porto cruise port

31 July 20197 nights / 8 days, round-trip Gilbert and Sullivan on the Douro with Lisbon
Prices starting
from $3044
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31 Jul      Departing from Porto, Leixoes, Portugal(Coach transfer)   
02 Aug - 03 Aug     Regua, Portugal(Overnight)   
03 Aug     Regua, Portugal   
03 Aug - 04 Aug     Pinhao, Portugal(Overnight)   
04 Aug     Pinhao, Portugal   
04 Aug - 05 Aug     Vega de Terron, Spain(Overnight)   
05 Aug     Vega de Terron, Spain(Salamanca)   
05 Aug - 06 Aug     Barca d'Alva, Portugal(Overnight)   
06 Aug     Barca d'Alva, Portugal   
06 Aug - 07 Aug     Regua, Portugal(Overnight)   
07 Aug - 08 Aug     Porto, Leixoes, Portugal(Overnight)   
08 Aug      Arriving in Porto, Leixoes, Portugal   

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