Spirit of Chartwell barge

Former name: Vincent van Gogh

Specifications of Spirit of Chartwell barge

Year built1997  /  Age: 24
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
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2012
Former namesVincent van Gogh
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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 artifacts 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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In 2019, Douro Azul (Mystic Cruises) introduced a new 10-day Douro River itinerary roundtrip from homeport Oporto. Prices started from USD 2030 pp (double occupancy rates).

Date / TimePort
03 AugDeparting from Oporto-Leixoes, Portugal (bus transfer)
04 Aug - 05 AugRegua, Portugal (Overnight)
05 Aug - 06 AugPinhao, Portugal (Overnight)
06 Aug - 07 AugVega de Terron, Salamanca, Spain (Overnight) + Salamanca
07 Aug - 08 AugBarca d'Alva, Portugal (Overnight)
08 Aug - 09 AugRegua, Portugal (Overnight)
09 Aug - 10 AugPorto-Leixoes, Portugal (Overnight)
10 AugArriving in Oporto

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