Saga new river ships to be named

Saga announces new river ship to join the fleet in 2022

Saga has held the keel-laying ceremony for its second river cruise ship at the Vahali shipyard in Serbia.

The 190-passenger Spirit of the Danube will visit Budapest, Vienna, Rousse and Tulcea, among other destinations, when it enters service in 2022.

It will join Saga’s first river cruise ship, the Spirit of the Rhine, which is currently preparing for its inaugural cruise in May this year.

Saga Holidays CEO Chris Simmonds said: “Over the past few years, we’ve been focused on redefining our river cruise range to provide a Saga-designed experience for our guests.

Spirit of the Danube joining the fleet marks an exciting milestone in this journey and we cannot wait until she joins her sister ship Spirit of the Rhine next year. Guests will be able to enjoy a range of first-class facilities and we cannot wait to show everything our latest ship has to offer.”

Spirit of the Danube’s design has been inspired by the culture and nature found along the Danube, Saga said, and guests will have access to a range of “first-class facilities”, including a lounge, library, bar and two restaurants.

One of the restaurants will serve a signature dish from celebrity chef Mark Sargeant, who will also join the ship on a number of cruises once it enters service.

The ship will host a range of other celebrities on future cruises, including TV presenter and natural historian Miranda Krestovnikoff, antiques expert and regular on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, Eric Knowles, as well as the renowned horticulturalist, Sir Roddy Llewellyn.

The addition of the new ship comes after Saga announced that it will be mandatory for all guests to be fully vaccinated before travelling with the company.

The company said that “customers want the reassurance of the vaccine and to know others travelling with them will be vaccinated too”.

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