Saga marked the keel-laying of its second new boutique cruise ship for the British market, Spirit of Adventure, with a ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The 999-passenger ship will set sail in summer 2020 and the keel laying marked the official start of construction.
One of the four specially celebrated events in a ship’s life (which also include launching, commissioning and decommissioning), the keel laying ceremony saw a commemorative coin stamped with Spirit of Adventure’s name, keel-laying date and the lettering S715 – denoting the identification marker for the ship during her build and until she is formally handed over to Saga in summer 2020 – placed under the first block in the dry dock. A total of 54 blocks will be used to create the 58,250 gross tons ship.
Speaking at the ceremony, CEO of Saga Travel Robert Shaw said: “These are exciting times for Saga and the occasion marks a key stage in the construction of our second new build cruise ship. Our decision to build two new boutique cruise ships, Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Adventure for our guests heralds a new era in the history of Saga cruising.
“Both ships have been designed to epitomise Saga’s British boutique cruising concept and they are the first small, luxury ships to be built by a British company, for the British market, in more than four decades.”
He added: “Each of our new ships has been exclusively designed for the British market and we have incorporated luxury interiors to meet our past and present guests’ feedback. We are proud to be working with Meyer Werft again, and it will be an honour and a pleasure, to celebrate the delivery of this ship in summer 2020.”
The ceremony comes six days after Saga’s Spirit of Discovery completed its conveyance cruise.
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