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The Spirit of Chartwell will surf in Portugal


The portuguese company Douro Azul announced it has acquired the 'Spirit of Chartwell', a boat-hotel that recently came under the spotlight in the world: was declared royal barge and chosen to carry the Queen Elizabeth II the Thames during the Jubilee celebrations. In September, he moved to the Douro.

spirit-of-chartwell-portugal car hireThe Director-General of the Douro Azul, Mario Ferreira, confirmed that the company, which operates tourist vessels, acquired the 'Spirit of Chartwell', a boat-hotel with a stamp of royalty. This "luxury boat which now no stars to rate", as summarized Ferreira Lusa, will join the portfolio of the company, spending on tourist cruises in the Douro. Bruno Ribeiro, the communications department of the Douro Azul advanced to the trails that the boat will arrive in early September.

The 'Spirit of Chartwell', used to travel by luxury and classic memories of the Thames, belonged to the Magna Carta Steamship Company. The British Royal House chose him for the celebrations of the 60-year reign of Elizabeth II, was restored for the occasion. Tansportou, 3 June, the queen and the royal family by the river London in a procession that brought together more than a thousand ships. Mario Ferreira, told RTP, did not advance the cost of purchase but stressed that the restoration of the 'Chartwell' was valued at 7 million pounds.

The boat, with about 70m in length, is famous for its style to the luxury train, based in Pullman Express the Côte d'Azur - in its decoration and body parts and includes original artifacts of the train, and memory of other historic ships . It includes 14 cabins (and a royal suite), restaurant and piano bar, and a "deck" over the air.

The boat will hold luxury travel along the Douro, and can carry 30 people (with accommodation) and one hundred (on day trips). The cruises will be similar to those already made by the company, and include visits to farms, museums and cellars, with the "aim of raising awareness of the Douro river there," Bruno Ribeiro summed up the leaks.

Interestingly, says RTP, the barge is likely to use the dock of the Ribeira do Porto - for which failure to grant - where Queen Elizabeth II arrived in 1957 during his historic visit to Invicta. At Lusa, Mário Ferreira said he "would like very much" to use the site and that this "be recognized as the Queen's Pier."

Apart from the tourists who will conduct cruises in the "Spirit of Chartwell", everyone can learn more about the boat soon: will be available for visits "at the end of the year to satisfy the curiosity of all who wish to know," confirmed Ferreira.

The purchase of the "Chartwell" is more of an investment DouroAzul that by 2014, plans to build four ships, hotel and up to two boats Rabelo. In the yard of Navalria in Aveiro, are being built two ships for the hotel company (an investment of 22 million euros), which will be delivered in February and March next year to come into operation immediately.

source: publico.pt

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