By John Smith • 10 February 2020 • 16:18
Spirit of Discovery enters the water
Credit: Dickelbers CC
A LINER diverted from planned visit to Gibraltar as 89 suspected cases of Norovirus (Diarrhoea, vomiting and fever) not Coronavirus, hit passengers on board and the vessel with 868 passengers and 513 crew returned to Southampton.
The Spirit of Discovery is the first cruise liner to be built for Saga Cruises which has always in the past purchased second hand vessels and then renamed them.
On July 5, 2019, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall christened Spirit of Discovery at Dover, ahead of its maiden voyage which circumnavigated the United Kingdom.
Since then it has made regular cruises, often in the Mediterranean and a second vessel to be called Spirit of Adventure is due to join her in 2021.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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