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 346 million (GBP 280 million / EUR 310 million)|
|Owner||Saga plc (via Saga Holidays)|
|Speed||23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph|
|Length (LOA)||236 m / 774 ft|
|Beam (width)||31 m / 102 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||58250 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 (June 2019).
Saga Cruises is a 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.
The vessel is owned by Saga Group and operated by the UK-based cruise company (via Saga Holidays) exclusively. The shipowner Saga plc is a British travel company and cruise brand targeting mainly UK travelers in the 50+ age group. Saga UK annually serves around 2,7 million customers. The company is LSE-listed (on London Stock Exchange) under the stock symbol (ticker) SAGA.
Next timelapse video shows some phases of the vessel's construction process.
Saga 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 homeport)
- 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 colour schemes are in three styles. First group's design features garden-like elements with light timbers, pastel-green colours, beautifully embroidered fabrics. Second group's design incorporates the more sophisticated grey with a dark-timber scheme, with pink-orange accented furnishings and carpet and upholstered headboard. Third group's colours 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-mounted 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 under sink 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 speciality (one of which Asian, serving complimentary wines), outdoor Lido Deck (with open-air/alfresco dining space), Saga's signature Britannia Lounge, theatre 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 speciality cocktail bar in the evenings. The design features a sculptural grand staircase and full-height artworks.
The cruise liner also has 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 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 specialities. 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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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).
In early-March 2019, Saga Cruises announced that company's newbuilds (the sisterships Adventure and Discovery) are all-inclusive cruise liners. This means that Saga cruise fares are inclusive of speciality restaurant dining, drinks (wine, beer, house spirits, soft drinks), 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi, gratuities, transfer (chauffeur service to/from homeport for cruise passengers based within 250 ml / 402 km distance). Shore excursions remain optional and at additional cost. The cruise company offers complimentary shuttle bus services in all ports where the town/city is over 0,5 km from the ship.
With scheduled launch for July 2020, vessel's construction started on March 27, 2019, with the steel-cutting ceremony at Meyer Werft's Papenburg Shipyard. Vessel's keel-laying ceremony was held on June 3, 2019, attended by Robin Shaw (Saga Travel's CEO). Ship's inauguration is planned for August 2020. During the keel-laying, a special-edition coin was positioned under hull's first block. The coin was stamped with the vessel's name, the keel-laying date and the lettering S715 (newbuild's identification marker during the construction period). The process involves assembling a total of 54 blocks (hull and superstructure).
Spirit of Adventure Itineraries
The below listed Spirit of Adventure cruise prices on 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.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2020 Aug 21||17 days, round-trip The Inaugural Cruise||Dover|
|2020 Sep 07||14 days, round-trip This Sceptred Isle||Dover|
|2020 Sep 21||7 days, round-trip A Norwegian Canvas||Dover|
|2020 Sep 28||12 days, one-way from Dover to Southampton||Dover|
|2020 Oct 10||22 days, round-trip Tales from the Ancient Mediterranean||Southampton|
|2020 Nov 01||14 days, round-trip Stars of the Canaries||Southampton|
|2020 Nov 15||31 days, round-trip Rhythm of the Caribbean||Southampton|
|2020 Dec 16||4 days, round-trip Christmas Sights of Amsterdam||Southampton|
|2020 Dec 20||16 days, round-trip Canary Island Christmas||Southampton|
|2021 Jan 05||14 days, round-trip Constellations of the Canaries||Southampton|
|2021 Jan 19||16 days, round-trip Exotic Morocco and the Canaries||Southampton|
|2021 Feb 04||15 days, round-trip The Beautiful Canaries||Southampton|
|2021 Feb 19||16 days, round-trip A Norwegian Aurora||Southampton|
|2021 Mar 07||15 days, round-trip A Taste of the Mediterranean||Southampton|
|2021 Mar 22||8 days, one-way from Southampton to Dover||Southampton|
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