Spirit of Discovery

Spirit of Discovery Review and Specifications

Specifications of Spirit of Discovery

Year built2019 new ship
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Building costUSD 350 million
OwnerSaga Holidays
OperatorSaga Cruises
Length (LOA)236 m / 774 ft
Beam (width)31 m / 102 ft
Gross Tonnage58250 gt
Passengers999
Crew530
Decks10
Cabins540
Decks with cabins6
Sister-shipsSpirit of Adventure
Former namesSAGA OLYMPIC
Christened bytba

Review of Spirit of Discovery

MS Spirit of Discovery cruise ship is the first of two identical polar expedition vessels built for Saga Cruises at Meyer Werft's shipyard in Papenburg Germany. Spirit of Discovery (scheduled delivery in July 2019) has one sister-ship - Spirit of Adventure (scheduled delivery August 2020).

MS Spirit of Discovery cruise ship (Saga Cruises)

Saga Cruises is an UK company, division of Saga Group. With the purchase of Saga Rose (former NCL ship MS Sagafjord), in 1997 Saga Holidays started passenger shipping operations under the brand name "Saga Cruises". Unlike Saga's current fleet (the operated under charter Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl 2), the new ships are fully owned by Saga Group and will replace the two chartered vessels.

Saga Cruises new ship (The Verandah restaurant)

Itinerary

Spirit of Discovery itinerary program offers both cruises leaving roundtrip from UK ports and UK fly-cruise deals. Ship's both homeports are in England (Dover and Southampton). Dover roundtrips visit ports in Baltic Sea (Scandinavia and Russia, Norwegian Fjords, Germany and Belgium). Southampton roundtrips visit ports in Mediterranean Sea (Spain, France, Italy) and Canary Islands with Madeira. The ship also operates on roundtrip UK (Southampton) Transatlantic crossings to Caribbean and USA ports.

The inaugural cruise was scheduled for July 23, 2019 (themed "Channel Island Hop Cruise"). Next voyages were themed as "Gourmet Spain" (August 3) and "Natural Scandinavia" (August 17).

Cabins

All Saga Discovery ship's 540 staterooms are with private balconies, which also means that the ship has no Inside cabins. Cabin categories include Standard Balcony, Deluxe Balcony, Mid-ship Suites and larger Panorama Suites. More than 100 cabins are specifically designed for solo travellers (can be booked with single occupancy rates), which is approx 20% of the ship's capacity.

Saga Cruises new ship (balcony cabin)

Carrying less than 1000 passengers in style, this large expedition ship features all-balcony staterooms, 3 premium restaurants, modern amenities, British-style onboard activities, professional and traditionally attentive service.

Saga Cruises new ship (Spa pool)

Shipboard dining and entertainment

There is a choice of dining experiences, bars and entertainment venues, including 3 specialty restaurants (one of which Asian, serving complimentary wines), an outdoor Lido Deck (with open-air / alfresco dining space), signature Britannia Lounge, theater lounge, library, a central hub (named "The Living Room").

The ship also features a modern wellness complex and 2 swimming pools (outdoor and indoor). The spa complex consists of beauty salon, hydrotherapy pool, salt-steam room, saunas (one is infrared), 5 treatment rooms (for latest therapies and massages). The Library Lounge offers coffee and cakes alongside one of the best-stocked book collections at sea. The 430-seat Playhouse Theatre features tiered seating and hosts grand-scale evening show productions, cinema screenings, live music performances.

The ship's team of Executive Chefs serves the all 5 onboard restaurants. The Grand Dining Room (main restaurant) serves the best of British-influenced cuisine specialties. The chefs use locally produced food sources (based on cruise itinerary / destination) and create menus of ever-changing dishes. Passengers are able to make a reservation and eat in any of the other 4 restaurants at no extra cost. House wines from the ship's cellar are complimentary and served in every restaurant.

In June 2018, Saga Cruises signed a partnership deal with Jools Holland (English pianist, singer, BBC TV presenter) for "The Club by Jools" steakhouse restaurant. By the 5-year partnership deal (until 2014), at the Jools restaurant will be performed live music and its bar will be designed like a cabaret lounge from the 1950s. The dinner-only restaurant's menu features classic steaks (fillet, T-bone, ribeye, tomahawk steaks), live music performances (by resident and guest musicians) and premium cocktails.

Spirit of Discovery wiki

  • For the new ship series, Saga employed the designer company SMC Design, which has extensive experience with cruise vessel design. Among SMC Design's customers are also P&O Cruises UK (Sindhu / Indian restaurant), Viking Ocean Cruises (Explorers Lounge), NCL (Mandara Spa).
  • Saga Cruises opened bookings for Spirit of Discovery (itineraries 2019 aand 2020) in October 2017.
  • The vessel's construction started on February 28, 2018 (steel-cutting ceremony), attended by Lance Batchelor (Sga Group's CEO) and Tim Meyer Meyer Werft's managing director). The boat's hull sections and building blocks were constructed and assembled at Building Dock I (Meyer Werft's Papenburg shipyard).
  • On June 28, 2018, was held the keel laying ceremony. Traditionally, a commemorative coin was placed under the hull's first block (the first of all 54 blocks). Ship's delivery was scheduled for June 20, 2019.

Inaugural cruise itineraries 2019

The following tables show the ship's inaugural cruise itineraries in 2019. Prices shown are indicative, in USD, per person, and based on double-occupancy (Standard Balcony cabin rates).

4 nights / 5 days "Inaugural Cruise" from UK (themed "A Channel Island Hop", from USD 890 pp)

23 JulDeparting from Dover, England
24 JulGuernsey, St Peter Port, Channel Islands
25 JulBrest, France
26 JulIsle of Portland, Dorset, England
27 JulArriving in Dover, England

7 nights / 8 days Inaugural "Norwegian Fjords" cruise (themed "The Fjords in Focus", from USD 1770 pp)

27 JulDeparting from Dover, England
29 JulBergen, Norway
30 JulAlesund, Norway
31 JulHaugesund, Norway
01 AugKristiansand, Norway
03 AugArriving in Dover, England

14 nights / 15 days Inaugural Iberia cruise (themed "Gourmet Spain", from USD 4030 pp)

03 AugDeparting from Dover, England
07 AugGibraltar, UK
08 AugCartagena, Spain
10 AugSete, France
11 AugBarcelona, Spain
12 AugAlicante, Spain
14 AugLisbon, Portugal
17 AugArriving in Dover, England

14 nights / 15 days Inaugural "Scandinavia and Russia" cruise (themed "Myths and Legends of the Baltic", from USD 4000 pp)

12 SepDeparting from Dover, England
14 SepGothenburg, Sweden
16 SepStockholm, Sweden
18 SepHelsinki, Finland
19 SepSt Petersburg, Russia
21 SepTallinn, Estonia
23 SepKalundborg, Zealand Island, Denmark
24 SepAalborg, Denmark
26 SepArriving in Dover, England

18 nights / 19 days Inaugural Mediterranean cruise from UK (themed "The Chic Mediterranean", from USD 4930 pp)

17 OctDeparting from Southampton, England
21 OctMalaga, Spain
22 OctCartagena, Spain
23 OctIbiza, Ibiza Island, Spain
24 OctPalma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain
26 OctSaint-Tropez, France Riviera
27 OctToulon, France Riviera
28 OctBarcelona, Spain
29 OctValencia, Spain
31 OctGibraltar, UK
02 NovFerrol, Spain
04 NovArriving in Southampton, England

14 nights / 15 days Inaugural Canary Islands cruise from UK (themed "Spanish Islands of the Atlantic", from USD 3020 pp)

04 NovDeparting from Southampton, England
07 NovLisbon, Portugal
09 NovFunchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
10 NovSanta Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
11 NovSanta Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands
12 NovLa Gomera, Canary Islands
13 NovPuerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
16 NovLa Coruna, Spain
18 NovArriving in Southampton, England

35 nights / 36 days Inaugural Transatlantic cruise from UK (themed "Fairy Tale of New York", from USD 9450 pp)

05 DecDeparting from Southampton, England
09 DecFunchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
16 DecBridgetown, Barbados
17 DecPortsmouth, Dominica
18 DecPhilipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles
19 DecSan Juan, Puerto Rico
22 DecKey West, Florida
23 DecMiami, Florida
24 DecPort Canaveral, Orlando, Florida
26 DecNorfolk, Virginia
27 DecNYC, New York
31 DecSt George, Bermuda
09 JanArriving in Southampton, England

Godspeed to the new ship!

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Spirit of Discovery Itineraries 2019

The below listed Spirit of Discovery cruise prices on 2019 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Saga 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
Dover cruise port

23 July 20194 nights / 5 days, round-trip A Channel Island Hop
Prices starting
from $959
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23 Jul      Departing from Dover, England   
24 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Guernsey, St Peter Port, Channel Islands   
25 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Brest, France   
26 Jul 08:00 - 18:00     Isle of Portland, Dorset, England   
27 Jul      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

27 July 20197 nights / 8 days, round-trip The Fjords in Focus
Prices starting
from $1872
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27 Jul      Departing from Dover, England   
29 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Bergen, Norway   
30 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Alesund, Norway   
31 Jul     Haugesund, Norway   
01 Aug 08:00 - 01 Aug     Kristiansand, Norway   
03 Aug      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

03 August 201914 nights / 15 days, round-trip Gourmet Spain
Prices starting
from $4033
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03 Aug      Departing from Dover, England   
07 Aug 08:00 - 16:00     Gibraltar, UK   
08 Aug 09:00 - 17:00     Cartagena, Spain   
10 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Sete, France   
11 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Barcelona, Spain   
12 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Alicante, Spain   
14 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
17 Aug      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

17 August 201915 nights / 16 days, round-trip Natural Scandinavia
Prices starting
from $5085
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17 Aug      Departing from Dover, England   
19 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Skagen, Denmark   
21 Aug 14:00 - 17:00     Stockholm, Sweden   
24 Aug 08:00 - 22:00     Lulea, Sweden   
25 Aug 08:00 - 22:00     Kemi, Finland   
27 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Pori, Finland   
30 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Fredrikstad, Norway   
01 Sep      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

01 September 20194 nights / 5 days, round-trip Summer Soirées
Prices starting
from $881
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01 Sep      Departing from Dover, England   
02 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     IJmuiden, Holland   
03 Sep 08:00 - 15:00     Heligoland Islands, Germany   
04 Sep 09:00 - 21:00     Zeebrugge, Bruges, Belgium   
05 Sep      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

05 September 20197 nights / 8 days, round-trip Fjord Adventurer
Prices starting
from $1413
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05 Sep      Departing from Dover, England   
07 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Bergen, Norway   
08 Sep     Geiranger, Norway   
10 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Stavanger, Norway   
12 Sep      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

12 September 201914 nights / 15 days, round-trip Myths and Legends of the Baltic
Prices starting
from $4214
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12 Sep      Departing from Dover, England   
14 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Goteborg, Gothenburg, Sweden   
16 Sep 14:00 - 12:00     Stockholm, Sweden   
18 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Helsinki, Finland   
19 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Saint Petersburg, Russia   
21 Sep 09:00 - 17:00     Tallinn, Estonia   
23 Sep 09:00 - 19:00     Kalundborg, Zealand Island, Denmark   
24 Sep 08:00 - 16:00     Aalborg, Denmark   
26 Sep      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

26 September 20197 nights / 8 days, round-trip Norway Rocks
Prices starting
from $1390
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26 Sep      Departing from Dover, England   
28 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Kristiansand, Norway   
29 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Bergen, Norway   
30 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Alesund, Norway   
01 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Haugesund, Norway   
03 Oct      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

03 October 20194 nights / 5 days, round-trip Dance to France
Prices starting
from $867
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03 Oct      Departing from Dover, England   
04 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Cherbourg, France   
05 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Saint-Malo, France   
06 Oct 10:00 - 17:00     Le Havre, Paris, France   
07 Oct      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

07 October 201910 nights / 11 days, one-way from Dover to Southampton
Prices starting
from $2639
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07 Oct      Departing from Dover, England   
08 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Guernsey, St Peter Port, Channel Islands   
10 Oct 07:00 - 17:00     Bordeaux, France   
12 Oct 10:00 - 17:00     Bilbao, Spain   
14 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Porto, Leixoes, Portugal   
15 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     La Coruna, Spain   
17 Oct      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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Southampton cruise port

17 October 201918 nights / 19 days, round-trip The Chic Mediterranean
Prices starting
from $4933
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17 Oct      Departing from Southampton, England   
21 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Malaga, Spain   
22 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Cartagena, Spain   
23 Oct 08:00 - 23:00     Ibiza, Ibiza Island, Spain   
24 Oct 08:00 - 08:00     Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain   
26 Oct 08:00 - 23:00     Saint-Tropez, France Riviera   
27 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Toulon, France Riviera   
28 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Barcelona, Spain   
29 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Valencia, Spain   
31 Oct 08:00 - 12:00     Gibraltar, UK   
02 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Ferrol, Spain   
04 Nov      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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Southampton cruise port

04 November 201914 nights / 15 days, round-trip Spanish Islands of the Atlantic
Prices starting
from $3213
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04 Nov      Departing from Southampton, England   
07 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
09 Nov 08:00 - 16:00     Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal   
10 Nov 10:00 - 22:00     Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands   
11 Nov     Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands   
12 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     La Gomera, Canary Islands   
13 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands   
16 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     La Coruna, Spain   
18 Nov      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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Southampton cruise port

18 November 201916 nights / 17 days, round-trip Roman Italy and Sardinia
Prices starting
from $3519
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18 Nov      Departing from Southampton, England   
22 Nov 08:00 - 12:00     Malaga, Spain   
24 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Porto Torres, Sardinia, Italy   
25 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Piombino, Italy   
26 Nov 09:00 - 17:00     Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy   
27 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Salerno, Italy   
30 Nov 08:00 - 12:00     Gibraltar, UK   
02 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Ferrol, Spain   
04 Dec      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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Southampton cruise port

05 December 201935 nights / 36 days, round-trip Fairy Tale of New York
Prices starting
from $9639
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05 Dec      Departing from Southampton, England   
09 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal   
16 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Bridgetown, Barbados   
17 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Portsmouth, Dominica   
18 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles   
19 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     San Juan, Puerto Rico   
22 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Key West, Florida   
23 Dec 08:00 - 19:00     Miami, Florida   
24 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Port Canaveral, Orlando, Florida   
26 Dec 09:00 - 17:00     Norfolk, Virginia   
27 Dec 14:00 - 23:00     New York, Cape Liberty NYC   
31 Dec 07:00 - 31 Dec     St George, Bermuda   
09 Jan      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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Spirit of Discovery Itineraries 2020

The below listed Spirit of Discovery cruise prices on 2020 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Saga 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
Southampton cruise port

05 December 201935 nights / 36 days, round-trip Fairy Tale of New York
Prices starting
from $9639
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05 Dec      Departing from Southampton, England   
09 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal   
16 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Bridgetown, Barbados   
17 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Portsmouth, Dominica   
18 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles   
19 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     San Juan, Puerto Rico   
22 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Key West, Florida   
23 Dec 08:00 - 19:00     Miami, Florida   
24 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Port Canaveral, Orlando, Florida   
26 Dec 09:00 - 17:00     Norfolk, Virginia   
27 Dec 14:00 - 23:00     New York, Cape Liberty NYC   
31 Dec 07:00 - 31 Dec     St George, Bermuda   
09 Jan      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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Southampton cruise port

09 January 202013 nights / 14 days, round-trip Pure Canaries
Prices starting
from $2445
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09 Jan      Departing from Southampton, England   
13 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal   
14 Jan 09:00 - 20:00     Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands   
15 Jan 08:00 - 20:00     Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands   
16 Jan 08:00 - 20:00     Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands   
17 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands   
19 Jan 09:00 - 20:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
22 Jan      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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Southampton cruise port

22 January 202021 nights / 22 days, round-trip An Italian Premiere
Prices starting
from $4208
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22 Jan      Departing from Southampton, England   
25 Jan 10:00 - 16:00     Huelva, Spain   
28 Jan 12:00 - 12:00     Valletta, Malta   
30 Jan 08:00 - 18:00     Corigliano Calabro, Italy   
01 Feb 08:00 - 18:00     Venice, Italy   
03 Feb 08:00 - 17:00     Ancona, Italy   
04 Feb 08:00 - 15:00     Bari, Italy   
06 Feb 08:00 - 16:00     Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy   
08 Feb 12:00 - 21:00     Gibraltar, UK   
12 Feb      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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Southampton cruise port

12 February 20204 nights / 5 days, round-trip Rendezvous in Rouen
Prices starting
from $807
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12 Feb      Departing from Southampton, England   
13 Feb 17:00 - 08:00     Rouen, France   
16 Feb      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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Southampton cruise port

16 February 202015 nights / 16 days, round-trip Norway's Night Skies
Prices starting
from $3595
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16 Feb      Departing from Southampton, England   
19 Feb 08:00 - 16:00     Bergen, Norway   
20 Feb 08:00 - 17:00     Andalsnes, Norway   
22 Feb 08:00 - 17:00     Tromso, Norway   
24 Feb 08:00 - 13:00     Alta, Norway   
26 Feb 12:00 - 18:00     Narvik, Norway   
28 Feb 08:00 - 17:00     Kalvag, Froya Island, Norway   
02 Mar      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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