Liner is renamed in a ceremony at the port

(Left to right)  Richard Daltry, Technical Director of ASV Global, with Mark Garnier MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State together with Vince Dobbin, Sales and Marketing Director of ASV Global in the new 'Mission Control' centre at Portchester

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CRUISE liner MV Voyager was this morning due to be officially renamed in Portsmouth following an extensive refit and refurbishment.

She is tied up at Portsmouth International Port, and just under 2,000 passengers stayed the night or were due to take part in this morning’s events.

They are all members of the cruise industry and media – her first passengers get to come on board today.

Alan Murray, managing director of Voyages of Discovery, which operates Voyager, said the decision to choose Portsmouth for the ceremony was a simple one.

He said: ‘Portsmouth is her home port. The majority of our customers are from around here, and used to travel to Harwich, where we used to split our operations.

‘But they over egged the pudding – the port became too busy – and now Portsmouth is where we operate from.’

Voyager can take 550 passengers, and she will be setting sail today for a 140-day cruise around South America and the Caribbean.

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