Meyer Werft starts building Saga Cruises newbuild

German shipyard will deliver Spirit of Discovery in summer 2019
Meyer Werft starts building Saga Cruises newbuild
Executives from Meyer Werft and Saga Cruises at the steel-cutting ceremony (Image: Meyer Werft)

By Rebecca Gibson |

Meyer Werft has started construction work on Saga Cruises’ Spirit of Discovery at its yard in Papenburg, Germany.

To mark the start of the building project, the yard held a traditional steel-cutting ceremony, which was led by Saga Group CEO Lance Batchelor and Meyer Werft’s managing director Tim Meyer. The first sections and blocks of the ship will now be constructed in Building Dock 1 ahead of her summer 2019 delivery.

Spirit of Discovery, which is Saga Cruises’ first-ever newbuild ship, will accommodate 999 passengers in 540 all-balcony cabins, around 20% of which will be for solo travellers. Tailored to suit the tastes of British travellers, the newbuild will also have speciality restaurants, bars, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, a library, an observation lounge and Saga Cruises’ signature Britannia Lounge.

The vessel will be joined by sister ship, Spirit of Adventure, in summer 2020.

To hear more about what passengers can expect onboard Spirit of Discovery, read our interview with Saga Cruises’ chief executive Robin Shaw.

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