Voyages of Discovery Launches Newest Cruise Ship

December 4, 2012

(10:00 a.m. EDT) -- BBC TV's wildlife presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff became godmother to Voyages of Discovery's newest ship, Voyager, today.

Krestovnikoff officially named the 540-passenger ship at a ceremony in Portsmouth, before the ship sets sail this evening on its 147-day maiden voyage to the Caribbean and South America.

The former Alexander von Humboldt has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, ahead of joining the VoD fleet as a replacement to Discovery.

Speaking at the naming ceremony onboard, Krestovnikoff said: “This is a great honour, and is adding to my career highlights.

“The enormity of the role didn't hit me until last night.

“As with being a godmother to a child, the role is one of guidance. And I take my duties very seriously, so if there is a space for me –- perhaps on a forthcoming South America cruise –- that would be fantastic.”

After a short service conducted by the Chaplain for the Port of Portsmouth, Krestovnikoff then unveiled the ship's new name, stating: “I name this ship Voyager, and God bless her and all who sail on her.”

In addition to undergoing a complete refurbishment inside, Voyager has added more than 30 balcony cabins and had major technical upgrades. The ship has 270 cabins, 87% of which are outside cabins. There is open seating dining in two restaurants onboard as well as a pre-bookable specialty restaurant, The Explorer Club.

--Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor