Voyages of Discovery’s new ship the Voyager arrived in Portland onOctober 31 to begin the final stage of its refurbishment. The ship is undertaking a month long refurbishment in port with international contracting company, Mivan, before her maiden voyage to the Caribbean on the 4th December.
Key new additions t the Voyager will include the introduction of an explorer theme to whole ship, the new Scott’s Lounge and speciality restaurant, the Explorer Club.
Alan Murray, Managing Director, Voyages of Discovery commented: “The countdown is well and truly on, with just a few weeks to go until the launch of mv Voyager. The ship recently arrived in Portland Port to undergo the remainder of the refurbishment project which includes finalising the design of the ship’s interior and public areas. Being a British company it is very important to us that we do all we can to ensure we are supporting the UK economy. It was with that in mind we wished to appoint British contractors to do the refurbishment works and that Portland was the ideal location for that work to be undertaken.”
Whilst Portland Port has seen a steady increase in the number of cruise calls visiting with passengers during the summer months the visit of the Voyager represents a new business opportunity for the port. Ian McQuade, General Manager (Commercial) for Portland Port commented: "We have been delighted with the way that we have been able to get ourselves established with the cruise lines as an attractive port of call to include in their itineraries. The visit of the the Voyager shows that we are also now being recognised as an ideal location for the refurbishment of cruise ships. This is the first time that both Voyages of Discovery and Mivan have used Portland Port for such activity and I am happy to say that they have both been impressed with the support that they have received".
With the global cruise fleet ever expanding the re-fit market is also set to grow. "Whilst the re-fit of the Voyager may be a first for the Portland Port we certainly anticipate that it will not be the last," added Mr. McQuade.