A jeroboam of English sparkling wine will be smashed against the bow of Saga Cruises’ new ship, Spirit of Discovery, when it is christened in Dover on July 5.
The exclusive blend – named after the 999-passenger ship – has been created by Hush Heath Estate in Kent, the county where Saga also has its headquarters.
Nigel Blanks, Saga Cruises’ chief operating officer, said: ‘We are making history with our first new British cruise ship for the British market, so it’s the perfect blend to christen Spirit of Discovery with her own beautiful sparkling wine.’
The wine – specially made to go with afternoon tea – will also be served on board the ship.
Winemaker Owen Elias, who worked with Hush Heath Estate producer Richard Balfour-Lynn, said: ‘We wanted to produce a bespoke wine to mark such a wonderful occasion. It is a delicious sweeter wine with balanced acidity and a delicate mousse.’
After the christening, Spirit of Discovery will set sail on a maiden voyage around the British Isles on July 10.
Mr Blanks said: ‘Saga is very proud of its Kentish heritage. We have our headquarters in Folkestone and our first ship set sail from Dover more than 20 years ago.
‘We also source much of our fresh produce from the county and so the new Spirit of Discovery sparkling wine, made from grapes grown and picked in Kent, the Garden of England, is another exciting treat for our guests.’