Spirit of Discovery


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Saga Ocean Cruises (Saga Cruises)

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Spirit of Discovery Review and Specifications

Specifications of Spirit of Discovery

Year built 2019 new ship
Builder Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Class ice-strengthened expedition ship
Owner Saga PLC
Operator Saga Cruises
Length (LOA) 234 m / 768 ft
Beam (width) 31 m / 102 ft
Gross Tonnage 55000 gt
Passengers 1000
Cabins 540
Christened by tba

Review of Spirit of Discovery

Spirit of Discovery is a 55,000 GT Saga Cruises ship, built at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Spirit of Discovery joins line's two existing vessels, Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl II, though it is believed that the newbuild would replace one of the two. There is also an option for a second newbuild from the same shipyard.

Spirit of Discovery cruise ship

Saga Cruises (Saga Shipping) is a British based cruise line, division of Saga Group. By purchasing Saga Rose, the Group decided to start operations of holiday branch. The ship operated as Saga Cruises flagship until in 2005 her similar ex-fleetmate Saga Ruby was bought from Cunard Line. For the 2003 summer Saga Cruises chartered mv Minerva (built in 1989), which sailed as Pearl. Saga Rose was retired after her final 37-night Mediterranean voyage. Subsequently, the ship was laid up at Gibraltar and later scrapped in China. Saga Ruby departed for Gibraltar out of Southampton for the last time on Jan. 10, and was handed over to her new owners on Jan. 13, 2014.

Saga Cruises ship Spirit of Discovery (The Verandah restaurant)

Spirit of Discovery has a capacity of up to 1000 passengers. The ship operates both "ex-UK" and fly cruises. Spirit of Discovery itineraries are to be announced at a later date. The inaugural cruise of the ship is scheduled for 2019 Summer.

All staterooms aboard Spirit of Discovery have balconies. There are no insides among the approx 540 cabins, with a choice of standard, deluxe, mid-ship and larger Suites. More than 100 cabins are specifically designed for solo travellers, which accounts for approx 20% of ship's capacity.

Saga Cruises ship Spirit of Discovery (balcony cabin)

Saga Cruises has employed design company SMC Design, boasting extensive experience with cruise ship design and having worked on P&O Cruises' Indian restaurant, Sindhu; Viking Cruises' Explorers' Lounge; Norwegian Cruise Line's Mandara Spa; and many other cruise ship venues.

Saga Cruises ship Spirit of Discovery (Spa pool)

There is a choice of dining experiences, bars and entertainment venues, including 2 specialty restaurants (one of which Asian, serving complimentary wines), an outdoor Lido Deck (with open-air / alfresco dining space), signature Britannia Lounge, theater, library and a central hub (named "The Living Room"). There is also a wellness complex and 2 swimming pools (outdoor and indoor). The spa complex consists of beauty salon, hydrotherapy pool, salt-steam room, saunas (one is infrared), 5 treatment rooms (for latest therapies and massages). The Library offers coffee and cake alongside one of the best-stocked book collections at sea. The 430-seat Playhouse Theatre features tiered space set to host grand-scale evening entertainment, including cinema screenings, show productions, live music performances.

Carrying less than 1000 passengers in style, the small ship features a private balcony with every stateroom, a world-class selection of restaurants, and a host of other amenities. Sailing on Spirit of Discovery offer the chance to explore the world, taste local food and experience local cultures. All aboard such a luxury ship designed for the market in Britain, and backed by Saga Cruises' inclusive value and personal service.

Led by a team of Executive Chefs, guests are able to take their seat at any of the 5 restaurants, as they please. In the grand dining room, they can expect the best of British-influenced cuisine. The chefs use the produce and flavours of the destination to create menus of ever-changing dishes, giving an authentic taste of the places visited.

Passengers are able to make a reservation and eat in any of the other 4 restaurants at no extra cost. The house wines from the cellar are complimentary in every restaurant. 

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