A spokesperson for Saga Group commented that the construction progress had been "severely impacted by the workplace and travel restrictions in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic." He added that Saga had informed all booked customers and offers the opportunity of "amending over to the new date (for the inaugural cruise) once confirmed or to receive a full refund."
The liner's construction started on March 27, 2019, with the steel-cutting ceremony at Meyer Werft's Papenburg Shipyard. The keel-laying ceremony was held on June 3, 2019.
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