Spirit of Discovery, Saga Cruises’ first-ever new-build cruise ship, has completed its transfer from the Meyer Weft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, to the open sea, marking the official start of its journey towards its home port of Dover, England.
Nigel Blanks, COO of Saga Cruises, said: “Our major milestones for Saga Cruises and Spirit of Discovery are now coming thick and fast and it is amazing to see her complete her conveyance towards the North Sea.
“This ongoing journey sees everyone at Saga Cruises pioneering the future of British boutique cruising, creating a host of unique, new experiences, both ashore and at sea, and providing a fresh new concept in the global cruising market.”
The only cruise ship being built for the British market this year, Spirit of Discovery was towed along the River Ems after leaving the shipyard in Papenburg. It will now undergo technical and nautical sea trials in the North Sea until mid-June.
Saga will then take official delivery of the new ship on 20 June before it arrives in Dover for its official naming ceremony on 5 July. Five days later, Spirit of Discovery will depart the UK port for its inaugural cruise, A British First.
The 999-passenger ship will provide a British contemporary classic ambiance, specifically designed to provide a personalised and luxurious cruise experience.
All the architectural and interior design has been created by UK-based agency SMC and showcases British style and excellence to the highest level.
Spirit of Discovery is the first of Saga’s two new passenger ships being constructed at Meyer Werft shipyard. The second, Spirit of Adventure, is a sister ship to Spirit of Discovery, and is planned to enter service in 2020.
Blanks adds: “Our thanks go to the impeccable team at Meyer Werft for all their ongoing work on our iconic, stunning new ship.”
For more details on a Spirit of Discovery cruise, go to saga.co.uk/cruiseint