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Spirit of Chartwell

The magnificent Spirit of Chartwell is a fantastic vessel, tasteful and elegant in just about every way. Built in 2000, this fine ship is designed in a classic 1930s style, with facilities, club rooms and cabin created with class, comfort and taste all in mind. Passengers can take in the distinct charm of the golden Douro river from the refined restaurant, the nostalgic club rooms or from the comfort of their own spacious stateroom. With excellent dining and drinking options available, and a warm and welcoming crew, this is simply the best way to discover this excellent corner of the world.

While these days, it years are spent cruising the gentle Douro river in Portugal, the Spirit of Chartwell's remarkable history has strong connections to the British Royal Family. Thanks to its unique elegance, the Spirit of Chartwell was selected and used by Her Majesty the Queen for the river pageant of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The ship transported Her Majesty, Prince William, Prince Harry and others down the river to various events in its position as the Royal Barge. With the Spirit of Chartwell's beautiful interiors and comfortable facilities, it is easy to see why the ship was granted the Royal Barge status.

Key Facts

  • Built: 2000
  • Decks: 3
  • Length: 63.87m Width: 6.7m
  • Classic Double Cabins: 14
  • Max. passengers: 30
  • Speed: 12 knots

Facilities

Facilities on board the Spirit of Chartwell are superb, and are perfect for you to make the most of your time on the ship. The George Bradshaw restaurant is charming, with large and wide windows for you to take in the views as you tuck in to some fine dining. Meanwhile, the Somerset Maugham Piano Bar is a fantastic venue from which you can kick back and enjoy a glass of port, or another tipple of your choice from the well-stocked bar. As its name suggests, there is also a baby grand piano here.

On the final top deck, the sun deck is available with a range of deck chairs for you to perhaps while away the night in the company of your fellow passengers.

Dining

Dining takes place in the George Bradshaw Restaurant which is split up into separate booths for a more intimate dining experience. There are also larger, 8-person tables for a more social meal. All of these are served by an excellent dining staff who are happy to answer any questions or assist with any dining requirements you may have. Enjoy the sublime scenery through panoramic windows as you enjoy classic Portuguese and international dishes, created with local ingredients brought on at each stop.

Deckplan

Cabins

The cabins on board the Spirit of Chartwell are split into 14 staterooms and one Royal Suite. Each cabin is spacious, comfortable and tastefully furnished, with windows from which you can see the river drift lazily by. Each room has a television, a trouser press and individual air-conditioning as well as an en-suite bathroom. An interesting touch are the light fittings, all of which come from the original SS France, one of the longest cruise ships in maritime history.

Royal Suite - Saloon Deck

The Royal Suite can be found in an elevated position on the Saloon Deck, in easy reach of the bar and the restaurant. With large windows, more space and a large double bed, the Royal Suite is the finest cabin on board the Spirit of Chartwell.

Stateroom - Stateroom Deck

The staterooms of the Spirit of Chartwell are elegant and spacious, with either twin beds or a double bed depending on your preference. Tasteful hardwood finishing makes up the interior décor, while amenities include a television, a hairdryer and air-conditioning.

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Iconic port wine, enigmatic cities and Portuguese charm, all on a ship used by Her Majesty the Queen, makes this cruise one to remember. Discover the unique culture of the golden Douro river on board the exclusively chartered Spirit of Chartwell as you visit quintas, explore villas and sample Portuguese delicacies. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.

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