Saga Cruises has released an artist’s impressions of its new ship, which will be launched in summer 2019.

“The all-balcony cabins will be spacious and modern, designed with a fresh and contemporary twist,” said new build director David Pickett.

“In fact, the whole ship has the ‘wow’ factor. It is being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Hamburg and at the moment we’re heavily focused on technical design, the engine, generator and propulsion plant – everything to make sure we deliver a practical, working ship of the highest specification.

“We are scheduled to lay the first block in late summer 2018 – just over a year away.”

Passengers’ thoughts and recommendations have been incorporated into the design and the sleek as-yet-unnamed ship will carry fewer than 1,000 guests and feature 540 all-balcony cabins.

Some 20 per cent of the accommodation will be for solo travellers, with a choice of single cabin grades.

Features will include single-sitting dining in a choice of speciality restaurants, a selection of bars, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, a library, an observation lounge and signature Britannia Lounge.

David added that the Britannia Lounge is his favourite feature of the ship. He said: “The Britannia Lounge is going to be a magnificent signature space set across two decks. I know how important this area will be to our loyal guests, so we’ve worked hard to ensure it doesn’t disappoint.

“It’s been our aim to listen to current passengers during consultations and get as many of their wants and desires into the new ship while future-proofing the build, so it can operate for many, many years ahead.”

For more information, call Saga Cruises on 0800 015 4310.