As the Queen and the royal family cruised from Battersea to Tower Bridge last June in The Spirit of Chartwell to mark her Diamond Jubilee; million were held in its sway. The 1,000-strong flotilla had undergone a $1.5 million makeover for the Thames river pageant. This has now been bought over by a Portuguese river cruise company DouroAzul and will be transformed into a luxe ferry for passengers along the Douro River near the city of Porto. The 64-metre-long vessel boasts of 14 luxurious cabins, a Royal suite, a restaurant, a piano bar and a spacious open-air upper-deck. Prices for this new cruise will range from $550 for two nights to $3200 for seven nights.
The Spirit of Chartwell was lavishly decorated for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in red, gold and purple, reminiscent of royal barges of the 17th and 18th century. Though it took six months of work to decorate it, it was stripped off just days later. Previous owner Philip Morrell was planning for the royal barge to sail between Kent and Surrey offering luxury cruises on the Thames through central London but that did not pan out.
[Via – Metro]