03 June 2019, 16:46
Saga’s keel-laying for second new ship Spirit of Adventure‘ heralds a new era in Saga’s history’
Saga marked the keel laying of its second new cruise ship for the British market, Spirit of Adventure, with a ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on Monday, June 3rd.
The 999-passenger ship will set sail in summer 2020 and the keel laying marked the official start of construction.
A commemorative coin stamped with Spirit of Adventure’s name, keel-laying date and the lettering S715 – denoting the identification marker for the ship during her build and until she is formally handed over by Meyer Werft to Saga in summer 2020 – was placed under the first block in the dry dock where a total of 54 blocks will be used to create the 58,250 gross tons ship.
Spirit of Adventure will have an overall length of 774.3ft with a breadth of 102.4ft
Speaking at the ceremony, Robin Shaw, CEO Saga Travel said: “These are exciting times for Saga and the occasion marks a key stage in the construction of our second new build cruise ship.
“Our decision to build two new boutique cruise ships, Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Adventure for our guests heralds a new era in the history of Saga cruising.
“Both ships have been designed to epitomise Saga’s British boutique cruising concept and they are the first small, luxury ships to be built by a British company, for the British market, in more than four decades.
He added: “Each of our new ships has been exclusively designed for the British market and we have incorporated luxury interiors to meet our past and present guests’ feedback.
“We are proud to be working with Meyer Werft again, and it will be an honour and a pleasure, to celebrate the delivery of this ship in summer 2020.”
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Spirit of Adventure
Saga’s second purpose-built cruise ship Spirit of Adventure is being constructed at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
Spirit of Discovery will be named in Dover on July 5, 2019 while her sister ship, Spirit of Adventure, is planned to enter service in 2020. Both ships will host 999 guests and 523 crew members. Spirit of Adventure will be a 58,250 gross tons vessel measuring 774.3ft in length and with a maximum beam of 102.4ft.
Spirit of Adventure will depart Dover for her inaugural cruise on 21st August 2020, the itinerary features calls to Copenhagen, St Petersburg, Stockholm and Tallinn
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