SAGA Cruises has announced it is taking up an option for it’s second new ship to be built at the busy shipyard of Meyer Werft in Germany.
SAGA’s first newbuilding, to be named Spirit Of Discovery, enters service in July 2019, and will now be joined by a sister ship, Spirit Of Adventure one year later.
Both ships will each carry less than 1,000 passengers, will have balconies for all cabins and will feature the intimacy and personal touches that Saga is noted for.
“Our first new ship, Spirit of Discovery, will be in service in June 2019 and with pre-sales being very strong, this confidence in demand has supported our decision to expand the new build fleet and purchase our second new ship, to be delivered in August 2020,” said Lance Batchelor, Saga plc chief executive officer.
“Our loyal customers have played a key role in the design process for our first new build ship Spirit of Discovery,” said Robin Shaw, chief executive, Saga Cruises.
“To date, almost 7,000 passengers, who had pre-registered to sail on her have already gone on to book one of our new itineraries. This is a phenomenal conversion of over 80%. Thanks to this strong demand, the desire of Saga members to keep doing the things they love and the forecast growth in the cruises allows us today to confirm that we have now agreed to build a second new ship, Spirit of Adventures for delivery in Summer 2020."