Spirit of Adventure Review and Specifications
Specifications of Spirit of Adventure
|Year built||2020 new ship|
|Builder||Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)|
|Class||ice-strengthened expedition ship|
|Building cost||USD 350 million|
|Length (LOA)||236 m / 774 ft|
|Beam (width)||31 m / 102 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||55900 gt|
|Decks with cabins||6|
|Sister-ships||Spirit of Discovery|
Review of Spirit of Adventure
MS Spirit of Adventure cruise ship is the second of two identical polar expedition vessels built for Saga Cruises at Meyer Werft's shipyard in Papenburg Germany. Spirit of Adventure (scheduled delivery in August 2020) has one sister-ship - Spirit of Discovery (scheduled delivery June 2019).
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.
Spirit of Adventure itinerary program as homeports and destinations are not yet announced. However, like the sister-ship Discovery, Adventure will be operated on polar cruises to the European and Canadian Arctic regions, as well as to Antarctica with departures from South America. Traditionally for Saga Cruises, the new ship will also offer roundtrips from UK ports and fly-cruise deals.
Saga Cruises' new ships are operated with all-inclusive package deals. Fares include unlimited (shipboard served) house spirits, beers, wine (by the glass) and soft drinks. Packages also include:
- UK travel package (to/from departure port), Shuttle bus transfer (to the nearest downtown from port)
- Onboard gratuities, Porterage
- Onboard Welcome cocktail party
- All onboard meals, afternoon tea, live entertainment
- Unlimited tea and coffee (selected ship venues)
- Free Wi-Fi
- 24-hour room service
- premium service (2 staff members for 3 passengers)
All Saga Adventure ship's 540 staterooms have 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.
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.
Shipboard dining and entertainment options
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.
In June 2018, Saga Cruises signed a partnership deal with Jools Holland (English pianist, singer, BBC TV presenter) for "The Club by Jools" steakhouse restaurant. By the 5-year partnership deal (until 2014), at the Jools restaurant will be performed live music and its bar will be designed like a cabaret lounge from the 1950s. The dinner-only restaurant's menu features classic steaks (fillet, T-bone, ribeye, tomahawk steaks), live music performances (by resident and guest musicians) and premium cocktails.
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