Saga’s new cruise ship Spirit of Adventure has officially arrived in the UK, where she will be readied ahead of her big debut in 2021.
The new ship boasts a gross tonnage of 58,250 GT and will offer 554 cabins, all of which have a balcony, as well as heaps of fine dining venues. She will be able to accommodate up to 999 passengers.
She joined her sister ship, Spirit of Discovery, in the Essex town of Tilbury where she will sit for the winter before her inaugural sailing.
Saga took delivery of the new ship at the end of September from German shipyard Meyer Werft.
Spirit of Adventure was due to make her debut in November this year, but this was pushed back to February 2021 as a result of delays due to the pandemic.
Currently her inaugural journey is planned is set to sail on the 5th February 2021, on an itinerary across the Canary Islands.
Nigel Blanks, Managing Director of Saga Cruises, said: “We are absolutely thrilled Spirit of Adventure has arrived in the UK to join her sister, Spirit of Discovery, in Tilbury.
“Over the past two years, we have focused on creating a boutique cruising experience for our guests that is not available elsewhere on the market.
“With Spirit of Adventure joining our fleet, we now have more choice for our guests with two unique ships that will help make unforgettable memories for those who join us onboard. We cannot wait for her to welcome her first guests next year to see everything she has to offer.”
Saga has currently suspended operations through to February.
The company is currently working on new health and safety measures to be implemented when it does resume sailings.
Nigel offered a glimpse of what passengers can expect as he explained: “The health and wellbeing of guests and crew is Saga’s number one priority and over the past few months, the team has worked to put in place detailed new procedures for a return to cruising in a COVID world.
“These include reduced capacity, pre-departure testing both at home and before boarding, increased medical staff and facilities and enhancements to our state-of-the-art air conditioning, which already provides 100% fresh air throughout our ships.”
At the time of writing the FCDO advises against cruise ship travel. You can check the latest FCDO cruise advice for more information.