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Spirit of Discovery blog

And she's off...

27th June, 2021

The Big Day!

After a 15-month layup (469 days since we dropped off our last guests) our crew onboard has been working hard over the last month to ready Spirit of Discovery for operation. 35 years at sea and I have not ever seen a finer crew. They are simply “awesome”! I am very proud of what they have accomplished in a very short period.

 Spirit of Discovery crew

Today is finally here and we are readying the ship to welcome guests! A quick look around on the platform, Terminal and a walk through the ship to say hello to the crew.

 Spirit of Discovery crew

They are all set. Welcome onboard!

 Spirit of Discovery crew

Departure from Tilbury, a band, fireboat and confetti as we pull away from the pier. With the spring tide, and little room for a ship of this size, we spin the ship around 30 meters from the pier within her own length using her state of the art azimuthing podded propulsors.

Captain Darin William Bowland

Written by Captain Darin Bowland

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