Spirit of Discovery

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
Building cost USD 350 million
Owner Saga Holidays
Operator Saga Cruises
Length (LOA) 236 m / 774 ft
Beam (width) 31 m / 102 ft
Gross Tonnage 55900 gt
Passengers 999
Crew 530
Decks 10
Cabins 540
Decks with cabins 6
Sister-ships Spirit of Adventure
Christened by tba

Review of Spirit of Discovery

MS Spirit of Discovery cruise ship is the first of two identical polar expedition vessels built for Saga Cruises at Meyer Werft's shipyard in Papenburg Germany. Spirit of Discovery (scheduled delivery in June 2019) has one sister-ship - Spirit of Adventure (scheduled delivery August 2020).

MS Spirit of Discovery cruise ship (Saga Cruises)

Saga Cruises is an UK company, division of Saga Group. With the purchase of Saga Rose (former NCL ship MS Sagafjord), in 1997 Saga Holidays started passenger shipping operations under the brand name "Saga Cruises". Unlike Saga's current fleet (the operated under charter Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl 2), the new ships are fully owned by Saga Group and will replace the two chartered vessels.

Saga Cruises new ship (The Verandah restaurant)

Itinerary

Spirit of Discovery itinerary program offers both cruises leaving roundtrip from UK ports and UK fly-cruise deals. The ship's both homeports are in England (Dover and Southampton). Dover roundtrips visit ports in Baltic Sea (Scandinavia and Russia, Norwegian Fjords, Germany and Belgium). Southampton roundtrips visit ports in the Mediterranean (Spain, France, Italy) and Canary Islands with Madeira. The ship also operates on roundtrip UK (Southampton) Transatlantic crossings to Caribbean and USA ports.

Cabins

All Saga Discovery ship's 540 staterooms are with private balconies, which also means that the ship has no Inside cabins. Cabin categories include Standard Balcony, Deluxe Balcony, Mid-ship Suites and larger Panorama Suites. More than 100 cabins are specifically designed for solo travellers (can be booked with single occupancy rates), which is approx 20% of the ship's capacity.

Saga Cruises new ship (balcony cabin)

Carrying less than 1000 passengers in style, this large expedition ship features all-balcony staterooms, premium restaurants, modern amenities, British-style onboard activities, professional and traditionally attentive service.

Saga Cruises new ship (Spa pool)

Shipboard dining and entertainment

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 lounge, library, a central hub (named "The Living Room").

The ship also features a modern 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 Lounge offers coffee and cakes alongside one of the best-stocked book collections at sea. The 430-seat Playhouse Theatre features tiered seating and hosts grand-scale evening show productions, cinema screenings, live music performances.

The ship's team of Executive Chefs serves the all 5 onboard restaurants. The Grand Dining Room (main restaurant) serves the best of British-influenced cuisine specialties. The chefs use locally produced food sources (based on cruise itinerary / destination) and create menus of ever-changing dishes. Passengers are able to make a reservation and eat in any of the other 4 restaurants at no extra cost. House wines from the ship's cellar are complimentary and served in every restaurant.

Spirit of Discovery wiki

  • For the new ship series, Saga employed the designer company SMC Design, which has extensive experience with cruise vessel design. Among SMC Design's customers are also P&O Cruises UK (Sindhu / Indian restaurant), Viking Ocean Cruises (Explorers Lounge), NCL (Mandara Spa).
  • Saga Cruises opened bookings for Spirit of Discovery (itineraries 2019 aand 2020) in October 2017.

Inaugural cruise itineraries 2019

The following tables show the ship's inaugural cruise itineraries in 2019. Prices shown are indicative, in USD, per person, and based on double-occupancy (Standard Balcony cabin rates).

4 nights / 5 days "Inaugural Cruise" from UK (themed "A Channel Island Hop", from USD 890 pp)

23 Jul Departing from Dover, England
24 Jul Guernsey, St Peter Port, Channel Islands
25 Jul Brest, France
26 Jul Isle of Portland, Dorset, England
27 Jul Arriving in Dover, England

7 nights / 8 days Inaugural "Norwegian Fjords" cruise (themed "The Fjords in Focus", from USD 1770 pp)

27 Jul Departing from Dover, England
29 Jul Bergen, Norway
30 Jul Alesund, Norway
31 Jul Haugesund, Norway
01 Aug Kristiansand, Norway
03 Aug Arriving in Dover, England

14 nights / 15 days Inaugural Iberia cruise (themed "Gourmet Spain", from USD 4030 pp)

03 Aug Departing from Dover, England
07 Aug Gibraltar, UK
08 Aug Cartagena, Spain
10 Aug Sete, France
11 Aug Barcelona, Spain
12 Aug Alicante, Spain
14 Aug Lisbon, Portugal
17 Aug Arriving in Dover, England

14 nights / 15 days Inaugural "Scandinavia and Russia" cruise (themed "Myths and Legends of the Baltic", from USD 4000 pp)

12 Sep Departing from Dover, England
14 Sep Gothenburg, Sweden
16 Sep Stockholm, Sweden
18 Sep Helsinki, Finland
19 Sep St Petersburg, Russia
21 Sep Tallinn, Estonia
23 Sep Kalundborg, Zealand Island, Denmark
24 Sep Aalborg, Denmark
26 Sep Arriving in Dover, England

18 nights / 19 days Inaugural Mediterranean cruise from UK (themed "The Chic Mediterranean", from USD 4930 pp)

17 Oct Departing from Southampton, England
21 Oct Malaga, Spain
22 Oct Cartagena, Spain
23 Oct Ibiza, Ibiza Island, Spain
24 Oct Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain
26 Oct Saint-Tropez, France Riviera
27 Oct Toulon, France Riviera
28 Oct Barcelona, Spain
29 Oct Valencia, Spain
31 Oct Gibraltar, UK
02 Nov Ferrol, Spain
04 Nov Arriving in Southampton, England

14 nights / 15 days Inaugural Canary Islands cruise from UK (themed "Spanish Islands of the Atlantic", from USD 3020 pp)

04 Nov Departing from Southampton, England
07 Nov Lisbon, Portugal
09 Nov Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
10 Nov Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
11 Nov Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands
12 Nov La Gomera, Canary Islands
13 Nov Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
16 Nov La Coruna, Spain
18 Nov Arriving in Southampton, England

35 nights / 36 days Inaugural Transatlantic cruise from UK (themed "Fairy Tale of New York", from USD 9450 pp)

05 Dec Departing from Southampton, England
09 Dec Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
16 Dec Bridgetown, Barbados
17 Dec Portsmouth, Dominica
18 Dec Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles
19 Dec San Juan, Puerto Rico
22 Dec Key West, Florida
23 Dec Miami, Florida
24 Dec Port Canaveral, Orlando, Florida
26 Dec Norfolk, Virginia
27 Dec NYC, New York
31 Dec St George, Bermuda
09 Jan Arriving in Southampton, England

Godspeed to the new ship!

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Spirit of Discovery Itineraries 2019

The below listed Spirit of Discovery cruise prices on 2019 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Saga Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Dover cruise port

23 July 2019 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip A Channel Island Hop
Prices starting
from $888
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23 Jul      Departing from Dover, England   
24 Jul     Guernsey, St Peter Port, Channel Islands   
25 Jul     Brest, France   
26 Jul     Isle of Portland, Dorset, England   
27 Jul      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

27 July 2019 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip The Fjords in Focus
Prices starting
from $1773
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27 Jul      Departing from Dover, England   
29 Jul     Bergen, Norway   
30 Jul     Alesund, Norway   
31 Jul     Haugesund, Norway   
01 Aug     Kristiansand, Norway   
03 Aug      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

03 August 2019 14 nights / 15 days, round-trip Gourmet Spain
Prices starting
from $4033
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03 Aug      Departing from Dover, England   
07 Aug     Gibraltar, UK   
08 Aug     Cartagena, Spain   
10 Aug     Sete, France   
11 Aug     Barcelona, Spain   
12 Aug     Alicante, Spain   
14 Aug     Lisbon, Portugal   
17 Aug      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

17 August 2019 15 nights / 16 days, round-trip Natural Scandinavia
Prices starting
from $4984
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17 Aug      Departing from Dover, England   
19 Aug     Skagen, Denmark   
21 Aug     Stockholm, Sweden   
24 Aug     Lulea, Sweden   
25 Aug     Kemi, Finland   
27 Aug     Pori, Finland   
30 Aug     Fredrikstad, Norway   
01 Sep      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

01 September 2019 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Summer Soirées
Prices starting
from $816
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01 Sep      Departing from Dover, England   
02 Sep     IJmuiden, Holland   
03 Sep     Heligoland Islands, Germany   
04 Sep     Zeebrugge, Bruges, Belgium   
05 Sep      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

05 September 2019 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Fjord Adventurer
Prices starting
from $1308
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05 Sep      Departing from Dover, England   
07 Sep     Bergen, Norway   
08 Sep     Geiranger, Norway   
10 Sep     Stavanger, Norway   
12 Sep      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

12 September 2019 14 nights / 15 days, round-trip Myths and Legends of the Baltic
Prices starting
from $3992
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12 Sep      Departing from Dover, England   
14 Sep     Goteborg, Gothenburg, Sweden   
16 Sep     Stockholm, Sweden   
18 Sep     Helsinki, Finland   
19 Sep     Saint Petersburg, Russia   
21 Sep     Tallinn, Estonia   
23 Sep     Kalundborg, Zealand Island, Denmark   
24 Sep     Aalborg, Denmark   
26 Sep      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

26 September 2019 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Norway Rocks
Prices starting
from $1308
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26 Sep      Departing from Dover, England   
28 Sep     Kristiansand, Norway   
29 Sep     Bergen, Norway   
30 Sep     Alesund, Norway   
01 Oct     Haugesund, Norway   
03 Oct      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

03 October 2019 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Dance to France
Prices starting
from $816
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03 Oct      Departing from Dover, England   
04 Oct     Cherbourg, France   
05 Oct     Saint-Malo, France   
06 Oct     Le Havre, Paris, France   
07 Oct      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

07 October 2019 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Dover to Southampton
Prices starting
from $2639
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07 Oct      Departing from Dover, England   
08 Oct     Guernsey, St Peter Port, Channel Islands   
10 Oct     Bordeaux, France   
12 Oct     Bilbao, Spain   
14 Oct     Porto, Leixoes, Portugal   
15 Oct     La Coruna, Spain   
17 Oct      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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Southampton cruise port

17 October 2019 18 nights / 19 days, round-trip The Chic Mediterranean
Prices starting
from $4933
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17 Oct      Departing from Southampton, England   
21 Oct     Malaga, Spain   
22 Oct     Cartagena, Spain   
23 Oct     Ibiza, Ibiza Island, Spain   
24 Oct     Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain   
26 Oct     Saint-Tropez, France Riviera   
27 Oct     Toulon, France Riviera   
28 Oct     Barcelona, Spain   
29 Oct     Valencia, Spain   
31 Oct     Gibraltar, UK   
02 Nov     Ferrol, Spain   
04 Nov      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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Southampton cruise port

04 November 2019 14 nights / 15 days, round-trip Spanish Islands of the Atlantic
Prices starting
from $3024
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04 Nov      Departing from Southampton, England   
07 Nov     Lisbon, Portugal   
09 Nov     Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal   
10 Nov     Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands   
11 Nov     Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands   
12 Nov     La Gomera, Canary Islands   
13 Nov     Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands   
16 Nov     La Coruna, Spain   
18 Nov      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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Southampton cruise port

18 November 2019 16 nights / 17 days, round-trip Roman Italy and Sardinia
Prices starting
from $3519
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18 Nov      Departing from Southampton, England   
22 Nov     Malaga, Spain   
24 Nov     Porto Torres, Sardinia, Italy   
25 Nov     Piombino, Italy   
26 Nov     Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy   
27 Nov     Salerno, Italy   
30 Nov     Gibraltar, UK   
02 Dec     Ferrol, Spain   
04 Dec      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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Southampton cruise port

05 December 2019 35 nights / 36 days, round-trip Fairy Tale of New York
Prices starting
from $9450
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05 Dec      Departing from Southampton, England   
09 Dec     Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal   
16 Dec     Bridgetown, Barbados   
17 Dec     Portsmouth, Dominica   
18 Dec     Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles   
19 Dec     San Juan, Puerto Rico   
22 Dec     Key West, Florida   
23 Dec     Miami, Florida   
24 Dec     Port Canaveral, Orlando, Florida   
26 Dec     Norfolk, Virginia   
27 Dec     New York, Cape Liberty NYC   
31 Dec     St George, Bermuda   
09 Jan      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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Spirit of Discovery Itineraries 2020

The below listed Spirit of Discovery cruise prices on 2020 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Saga Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Southampton cruise port

09 January 2020 13 nights / 14 days, round-trip Pure Canaries
Prices starting
from $2445
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09 Jan      Departing from Southampton, England   
13 Jan     Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal   
14 Jan     Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands   
15 Jan     Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands   
16 Jan     Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands   
17 Jan     Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands   
19 Jan     Lisbon, Portugal   
22 Jan      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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Southampton cruise port

22 January 2020 21 nights / 22 days, round-trip An Italian Premiere
Prices starting
from $4208
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22 Jan      Departing from Southampton, England   
25 Jan     Huelva, Spain   
28 Jan     Valletta, Malta   
30 Jan     Corigliano Calabro, Italy   
01 Feb     Venice, Italy   
03 Feb     Ancona, Italy   
04 Feb     Bari, Italy   
06 Feb     Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy   
08 Feb     Gibraltar, UK   
12 Feb      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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Southampton cruise port

12 February 2020 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Rendezvous in Rouen
Prices starting
from $753
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12 Feb      Departing from Southampton, England   
13 Feb     Rouen, France   
16 Feb      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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Southampton cruise port

16 February 2020 15 nights / 16 days, round-trip Norway's Night Skies
Prices starting
from $3384
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16 Feb      Departing from Southampton, England   
19 Feb     Bergen, Norway   
20 Feb     Andalsnes, Norway   
22 Feb     Tromso, Norway   
24 Feb     Alta, Norway   
26 Feb     Narvik, Norway   
28 Feb     Kalvag, Froya Island, Norway   
02 Mar      Arriving in Southampton, England   

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