Saga has announced that Portsmouth has been chosen as the location for the naming ceremony of Spirit of Adventure, its second new-build boutique cruise ship.
Scheduled to be held on 19 August, it will be the first-ever cruise ship to be named at the port.
Saga managing director, Nigel Blanks, said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce that our second new ship, Spirit of Adventure, will be named in Portsmouth. The city is steeped in British maritime history and it will be another first for Saga Cruises, with Spirit of Adventure being the first ever cruise ship to be named in this historic port
“The naming of Spirit of Discovery has been shortlisted for best cruise ship launch for 2019 and we intend to create an event that is just as special for Spirit of Adventure. While the ships are recognisably sisters, they are most certainly not twins.
“Spirit of Adventure will have a distinctly different identity to her sister ship, which is why we have chosen a different port for her naming ceremony. Alongside the port and the city’s partners, we are planning another utterly memorable event.
“Carrying just 999 guests, Saga’s unique boutique cruise ships have been designed specifically for the needs and tastes of the over 50s luxury market. This means there’s no casino, ice rink or climbing wall.
“Instead, they boast the largest percentage of single cabins of any modern ship, a high crew to guest ratio, West End standard entertainment, five different dining options, balcony cabins for all guests and countless other features offering the latest in luxury, boutique cruising.
“The interior design for Spirit of Adventure is bold and striking. Yet again we have risen to the challenge set us by our guests.”
Spirit of Adventure’s 17-night inaugural cruise will depart from Dover to the Baltic on August 21, 2020, with further cruises scheduled for 2020 including the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands and Norway.
Spirit of Adventure will feature three speciality restaurants including the world’s first Nepalese restaurant at sea – Khukuri House alongside Amalfi, a high-end Italian cuisine restaurant and the Supper Club, a dining and live entertainment venue.
The ship will also feature a 500sq metre spa, The Lido outdoor pool, The Playhouse, a 444-seat theatre and a library.
Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said: “We’re so proud Saga has chosen Portsmouth to host the naming ceremony for its newest ship, Spirit of Adventure, which is a first for the city.
“Portsmouth’s dramatic harbour entrance is a stunning backdrop to showcase the ship and we will work closely with Saga to put on an event to match. It will also be a fantastic spectacle with the opportunity to welcome the ship as she arrives in Portsmouth and put on a firework display that will take place in the evening from Southsea Common.
“We’re looking forward to Saga’s new vessels becoming a familiar sight in our city. Our cruise transformation is already well under way with a significant berth extension plan, followed by a terminal transformation, which will be completed next year. This is a new cruise era for Portsmouth, and we can’t wait for leading brands like Saga to join us on our journey.”
Visit travel.saga.co.uk for more information.