Saga Cruises Confirms Second New Ship

By ,   November 23, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

In September 2015, Saga Cruises announced it was ordering a brand new cruise ship - 56,850-ton, and all-balcony, with scheduled delivery in 2019.

The newbuild has been deisgned to carry fewer than 1,000 passengers in 540 suites and cabins, each with balcony. About 15% of cabins will be designed for sole occupancy and the ship will have both outdoor and indoor swimming pools.

Saga Cruises

Now, according to a report by London-based BRL Shipping Consultants, Saga has firmed up its option for a second such ship from Meyer Werft in Papenburg. The ship will be yard number 715 and should be delivered in Summer 2021.

Saga currently only operates two ships, the 446-berth Saga Pearl II and the 706-berth Saga Sapphire, which will eventually be phased out. Demand for cruises on Saga ships is very high: they carried around 25,000 passengers last year, with a 75% repeat passenger rate.