Spirit of Chartwell
Built as a private yacht in 1994 and totally refurbished and updated in 2007, 2009 and for the Queen's Jubilee in 2012.
The 30 passenger Spirit of Chartwell luxury Douro River Cruise barge sets the standard for service and quality. Very recently designed and refurbished for, and used by, Her Majesty The Queen's 2012 Diamond Jubilee, the Spirit of Chartwell offers select travelers a cruise experience worthy of its Royal Heritage.
The finest interior furnishings, the impressive amount of space, and the high number of staff members per guest, create an elegant, club-like atmosphere for experienced travelers; an environment where every need is predicted and promptly attended to during the calm passage through the majestic Douro River Valley. The inspiration behind the riverboat’s public areas was the Rene Lalique 1929 Pullman car ‘Cote d’Azur’ operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits.
. All rooms have Air-conditioning and heating. Sat. TV. and email access is also available. New owners took over in 2006 and totally remodeled the barge adding in wi-fi, flat screen TV with CNN and new furnishings throughout.
The atmosphere is casual on board. All meals are served in the main dining room which is lined on both sides by large picture windows which allows passengers to view the passing scenery. Dinner is served in single, open seating, with excellent cuisine incorporating regional specialties.
The English-speaking staff is dedicated to quality service throughout the cruise. Traveling with such a small party of guests is a great luxury and engenders a friendly and relaxed atmosphere that is rarely found on larger vessels
* 30 Passengers; 1 suite with queen bedding and 14 twin bedded cabins
* 12-15 Crew members
* 3 Decks
* Satellite TV with CNN or BBC
* Wi-fi on board
* Hair Salon
* Central air conditioning / heating
* Handicap Access - NO
*Length: 217ft and Width: 23ft