The latest addition to Saga’s ocean cruise fleet, Spirit of Adventure, was floated out of the covered building dock at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on Friday.
Over the past 18 months, Saga Cruises has been focused on creating a British boutique cruising experience that is not available elsewhere on the market. The arrival of Spirit of Discovery last year was the first milestone in this plan and the ship has been extremely well received by guests.
Today’s float out of Spirit of Adventure brings Saga Cruises another step closer to welcoming the new ship to its fleet.
During the float out, a large crane lifted the funnel onto the ship where it was later mounted. The ship was then moved to the outfitting pier for different tests.
During the following days and weeks, more tests will be executed at the outfitting pier of the shipyard. In August the ship will probably start her passage on the River Ems to the port of Emden to start seas trials later on.
Saga is expecting to take delivery of Spirit of Adventure, it’s second purpose-built boutique cruise ship, in the Autumn ahead of her planned inaugural sailing.
For her first voyage, Spirit of Adventure will leave Southampton on the 5th November to sail the Mediterranean, before returning to the UK.
Spirit of Adventure has 554 all balcony cabins and can accommodate 999 passengers, with the ability to reach speeds of more than 18 knots. The 58,250 GT cruise ship has an overall length of 236 metres and a breadth of 31.2 metres.