Saga has welcomed Spirit of Adventure, its second ever newbuild to its fleet, following a ceremony in Emden, Germany with Meyer Werft, the shipbuilder.
Spirit of Adventure is the sister-ship to Spirit of Discovery, which launched last year. The ship will carry 999 guests, all of whom will stay in balcony cabins.
The inaugural cruise will now be on February 5 to the Canary Islands, after it was delayed earlier this week.
Nigel Blanks, managing director of Saga Cruises, said: “This is a really exciting day for us as Spirit of Adventure officially becomes part of the Saga Cruises family. Over the past 18 months, we have been focused on creating a British boutique cruising experience for our guests that is not available elsewhere on the market and Spirit of Adventure is an important milestone in this plan. While she shares some similarities with her sister ship, Spirit of Discovery, Spirit of Adventure is unique in her own right with distinctive design features and characteristics.
“Though the inaugural cruise will take place a little later than we had originally planned due to the ongoing restrictions on travel, we cannot wait to welcome guests onboard and see all she has to offer. Having recently visited the ship in Germany, I can assure you, she is worth the wait!”
The company will has installed a number of health and safety procedures over the past few months, including reduced capacity when the ship does begin sailing and Covid-19 testing at home and before boarding. There will also be increased medical staff on board and enhancements to the ship’s air conditioning system.