The delivery of Saga Cruises' Spirit of Adventure, the second of a couple of 58,250 GT cruise ships for the line in the UK from Meyer Werft, is likely to be delayed but to take place within the next twelve months, parent company Saga plc announced in a statement.
Saga said that while there was uncertainty over the delivery date for the vessel as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the expectation of the group was that it would be completed within the next twelve months. This would complete the transformation of the cruise business.
The delay of the delivery was considered within planning scenarios. It is not anticipated to significantly change the financial position of the group.
Saga stated that via the successful launch of Spirit of Discovery, financial performance in the first 6 months of operation had been consistent with a full-year objective of GBP 40 million of EBITDA. As of January 31, 2020, forward cruise bookings for 2020-2021 had been at 80% of the full-year target, ahead of internal expectations.
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