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, a 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 is based on roundtrips from two UK homeports (Dover and Southampton) and starts with "The Inaugural Cruise" from Dover leaving August 21, 2020. The 17-day Baltic Sea voyage features an overnight in St Petersburg (Russia) and also visits Stockholm (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Visby (Sweden), Tallinn (Estonia) and Aalborg (Denmark). Other scheduled for inaugural season 2020 itineraries include:
- "The Inaugural Cruise" (August 21 from Dover) - prices started from GBP 4700 pp.
- "This Sceptred Isle" (September 7 from Dover) - from GBP 3470 pp.
- "A Norwegian Canvas" (September 21 from Dover) - from GBP 1510 pp.
- "A Taste of France and Spain" (September 28 from Dover) - from GBP 2710 pp.
- "Tales from the Ancient Mediterranean " (October 10 from Southampton) - from GBP 5180 pp.
- "Stars of the Canaries" (November 1 from Southampton) - from GBP 2670 pp.
- "Rhythm of the Caribbean" (November 15 from Southampton) - from GBP 6670 pp.
- "Christmas Sights of Amsterdam " (December 16 from Southampton) - from GBP 750 pp.
- "Canary Island Christmas" (December 20 from Southampton) - from GBP 3750 pp.
Like the sistership Discovery, Saga Adventure will be also operated on polar cruises to European and Canadian Arctic regions, as well as on Antarctica cruises with departures from South American ports. Traditionally for Saga, the new liner offers 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.
Staterooms as decors and color schemes are in three styles. First group's design features garden-like elements with light timbers, pastel-green colors, beautifully embroidered fabrics. Second group's design incorporates the more sophisticated grey with dark-timber scheme, with pink-orange accented furnishings and carpet and upholstered headboard. Third group's colors are most calming, in neutral sunset tones with burnt oranges.
All cabins offer as standard (complimentary) amenities smart HDTV (infotainment system - Internet, on-demand movies, ship info channel, real-time camera views from the Bridge), direct-dial phone, large wardrobe, electronic safe box (in the closet), hotel-type beds (two twins, convertible double beds or fixed double beds with headboards), luxury bedding and pillows, bedside cabinets, wall-mouted reading lamps, mirrored dressing table (writing desk) with chair and magnifying mirror, separate lounge area (low table with two comfortable armchairs), en-suite bathroom (WC, glass shower, single-sink vanity with undersink storage), private step-out balcony (with table and deckchairs), individually controlled air-conditioning, LED lighting, keycard room access.
Shipboard dining and entertainment options
Spirit of Adventure has 4 restaurants (3 specialty, 1 Dining Room), several bars and lounges (indoor and outdoor), wellness complex (Fitness, Spa, Hydrotherapy Pool, 5 treatment rooms, 2 Saunas, Steam Room, Beauty Salon, Sports Court), Boutique Shop, Library, Lobby area (Reception, Tour Desk), 2 swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), Promenade Deck (wraparound), Sun Deck (with comfortable seating, outdoor gym equipment), laundrettes (on all cabin decks). The ship has all 6 elevators (2 clusters of 3 lifts).
"Saga Adventure" ship features all-balcony staterooms, modern hotel amenities, British-style themed onboard activities, professional and traditionally attentive service. There is a choice of dining experiences, bars and entertainment venues, including specialty (one of which Asian, serving complimentary wines), outdoor Lido Deck (with open-air / alfresco dining space), Saga's signature Britannia Lounge, theater lounge, central hub (named "The Living Room").
The Living Room is a midship lounge with floor-ceiling windows, comfortable modern seating (3-seater sofas, lounge chairs). Living Room's cafe bar doubles as patisserie during the day (serving gelato ice-cream, premium coffee and fresh-baked cakes) and as specialty cocktail bar in the evenings. The design features a sculptural grand staircase and full-height artworks.
The cruise liner also has 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 massages, latest beauty treatments and therapies). Library Lounge offers coffee and fresh cakes and one of the best-stocked book collections at sea. The 430-seat Playhouse Theatre has 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. 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.
On Lido Deck is The Verandah Restaurant that consists of Bar and Grill with separate indoor and outdoor seating areas. These are actually two restaurants combined into one, with self-service buffet lunch and waiter-served dinner. Open-kitchen allows passengers to watch ship's chefs preparing the food during their galley (kitchen) show.
Khukuri House is an Italian restaurant with Nepalese cuisine, traditional artwork, room dividers (dhaka fabrics), hidden lighting. Most tables are 2-seat (combined into 4-seat clusters) plus 4-seat tables with sofas and armchairs (by the floor-ceiling windows).
The Amalfi is a sophisticated Italian restaurant providing authentic dining experience. Its design features 4-colour tiled flooring, floor-ceiling lighted wine cabinets, up-lit screens, red leather chairs.
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 2024), 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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