Saga has announced that Portsmouth has been chosen as the location for the official naming ceremony of their second new-build boutique cruise ship, Spirit of Adventure.

Nigel Blanks, Managing Director of Saga Cruises, said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce that our second new ship, Spirit of Adventure, will be named in Portsmouth.

“The city is steeped in British maritime history and it will be another first for Saga Cruises with Spirit of Adventure being the first ever cruise ship to be named in this historic port.”

Spirit of Adventure‘s sister ship, Spirit of Discovery was named by the Duchess of Cornwall in Dover last year, though no clue has been given so far to the identity of the new ship’s godmother.

Spirit of Adventure will have a distinctly different identity to her sister ship, which is why we have chosen a different port for her Naming Ceremony,” Blanks added. “Alongside the port and the city’s partners, we are planning another utterly memorable event.”

Portsmouth’s dramatic harbour, maritime heritage, and wider regeneration plans for the port were crucial deciding factors for their choice of the city for what will be a first for its port.

Spirit of Adventure’s 17-night The Inaugural Cruise will depart from Dover to the Baltic on August 21, 2020, with further cruises scheduled for 2020 including the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands and Norway.

Spirit of Adventure will feature three speciality restaurants including the world’s first Nepalese restaurant at sea – Khukuri House alongside Amalfi, a high-end Italian cuisine restaurant and the Supper Club, a dining and live entertainment venue.

The new ship will also feature a 500sq metre spa, The Lido outdoor pool, The Playhouse, a 444-seat theatre and a large library.

The naming ceremony will be held on 19 August. Click here to read a Spirit of Discovery review.

For more details on Spirit of Adventure visit saga.co.uk/ocean-cruises.