Spirit of the Danube

Specifications of Spirit of the Danube

Year built2022 new ship
BuilderVahali Shipyards Zasavica (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia)
ClassRiver Cruiser
OwnerSaga plc (via Saga Holidays)
OperatorSaga River Cruises
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)135 m / 443 ft
Beam (width)12 m / 39 ft
Gross Tonnage3600 gt
Passengers192
Crew40
Decks4
Cabins96
Decks with cabins3
Sister-shipsSpirit of the Rhine
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Spirit of the Danube Review

Review of Spirit of the Danube

MS Spirit of the Danube is Saga's second newbuild riverboat constructed in Serbia (at Vahali Shipyards) and scheduled for inauguration in 2022 May. Like the sistership Spirit of the Rhine (2021), both boats cruise on the rivers the Danube, Main, Rhine and Moselle, and also on the Belgium-Dutch waterways.

The list of Saga Cruises' newbuilds also includes the ocean liners/sisterships Spirit of Discovery (2019) and Spirit of Adventure (2020).

Saga Spirit of the Danube river cruise ship

Unlike the currently chartered by Saga river cruise ships, the new 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 travellers 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.

The ship operator Saga Holidays provides travel package holidays, cruises and tours worldwide. Saga plc also owns Titan Travel UK (specializing in escorted tours, short-break coach tours, ship cruises) and Destinology (custom-designed luxury all-inclusive holidays and ship cruises).

The vessel (ENI number tba) is Switzerland-flagged (MMSI tba) and registered in Basel.

Cabins

Saga Spirit of the Danube staterooms (96 total) provide this boutique-type riverboat with max passenger capacity 192. All cabins are with double occupancy and similarly sized (17 m2 / 185 ft2). All Lower Deck cabins (deck 1) are with non-opening Porthole windows (located near the ceiling). All cabins on decks 2 (Main) and Upper (3) are with French Balconies accessed via slide-opening floor-ceiling windows.

On Spirit of the Danube, Saga provides as standard cabin amenities (complimentary to all staterooms regardless of cabin category) a hotel type Queen bed (convertible to two twin beds) sized 200 x 160 cm, with luxury bedding sets and pillows, ample wardrobe storage space, bedside tables, wall-mounted reading lamps, LED ceiling lights, individual air-conditioning (thermostat controlled), 220V / 110V voltage outlets. The seating area is furnished with two armchairs, a coffee/dining table, a mirrored vanity table (writing desk) with a chair, wall-mounted magnifying mirror.

All staterooms have private/en-suite bathroom (with glass-door shower stall, single-sink vanity, WC, hairdryer, premium bath amenities, plush robes), electronic safe box (in the closet), direct-dial phone (for shipboard use only), mini-bar (fridge), complimentary bottled water (supplied daily), smart HDTV (satellite reception, Infotainment system / Internet, movies-on-demand, real-time bridge cam views), free of charge WiFi Internet (shipwide coverage).

Shipboard facilities

The boat has 4 passenger decks, wellness area (small Gym room on deck 1), Panoramic Restaurant (on deck 2, with adjacent galley/kitchen), Panoramic Bar Lounge (on deck 3, serves as music salon / cinema / lecture hall and has grand piano, dance floor, terrace with outdoor seating, library / reading corner), Foyer (lobby area on deck 3 with Reception Desk, Tour Desk and ship entrances / portside and starboard), Cafe (A La Carte Restaurant aft on deck 3), Sundeck (deck 4) with an outdoor Terrace Lounge (also hosting alfresco dining with deck barbecues, bar service), Wheelhouse (retractable Navigation Bridge), shaded seating area (4 retractable awnings, deckchairs, tables), large sunbathing area (with loungers and low tables), deckgames area (with Giant Chess Board) and an aft-located Jacuzzi (outdoor whirlpool hot tub).

Due to its small seating capacity (34 seats), the A La Carte Restaurant is complimentary but reservations-only and dinner-only. The Dining Room Restaurant is complimentary, waiter-served and features an open kitchen (show cooking).

All the ship's main venues (Bar Lounge, Restaurant, Cafe, Atrium) are with floor-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows. One glass elevator (midship-located passenger lift) connects all cabin decks. All decks are interconnected via stairs (forward, midship and aft), including a grand staircase in the Atrium (midship). Sundeck is accessed via a staircase (14 steps).

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Complimentary alcohol (beer and wine by the glass) and soft beverages are provided during all shipboard lunches and dinners. Complimentary (throughout the day) are unlimited teas, coffees and snacks. Price-inclusive are at least 3 land tours (on 7-night itineraries) and up to 8 shore excursions (on longer itineraries).

On MS Spirit of the Danube, Saga Cruises also includes (as standard) in the fares gratuities (onboard tipping), beverages (beer, wine, soft drinks), VIP coach transfers (from the passengers' homes/hotels) and the door-to-door "Saga VIP" travel service. Saga also offers Standard-Class train travel as well as complimentary airport parking (for passengers travelling with their own vehicles).

Saga VIP is a premium travel (private chauffeur) service that includes a return MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle/minivan) service from your home to the airport, return service to your local airport (for a domestic flight to the international airport), return service to the UK departure point (Eurostar train station or ferry terminal), Standard-Class train travel (from your local rail station to the UK departure point). Vacationers travelling with their own vehicles are provided with free airport parking.

Saga river cruise deals are inclusive of Economy-Class flights (domestic-only/subject to availability). Saga VIP services are available to all citizens of mainland-UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland) plus Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands. Saga usually selects the form of transportation and/or the UK airport. The number of allowed passengers per MPV is 3-5.

Itineraries

The inaugural cruise of Spirit of the Danube is scheduled for May 2022. The 7-day itinerary departs from Amsterdam Holland and features visits to Budapest Hungary, Vienna Austria and Tulcea Romania.

The new ship's maiden season (2022) is based on Danube River voyages and travelling through 10 countries. On each voyage are included up to 5 complimentary shore excursions. The shipboard entertainment program features as special guests Miranda Krestovnikoff (1973-born British radio and TV presenter), Eric Knowles (1953-born British antique expert and TV personality) and Mark Sargeant (1973-born English chef and restaurateur) who will attend Q&A sessions and other events.

For 2020, Saga has scheduled for Spirit of the Danube ship one itinerary priced from GBP 2650 per person with double occupancy. The 9-night "OBERAMMERGAU and a 4-COUNTRY CRUISE" includes 7-night cruising, 2-night hotel stay, 24 meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners), VIP door-to-door travel service (from the UK), travel insurance.

The criusetour itinerary has scheduled for DAY 1 (UK-Munich flight, bus travel from Munich to Oberammergau/hotel), DAY 2 (Oberammergau/Passion Play at 2.30 pm), DAY 3 (hotel check-out, transfer Oberammergau to Regensburg/ship embarkation/overnight mooring), DAY 4 (Regensburg/city tour), DAY 5 (Passau/walking tour), DAY 6 (Melk to Durnstein), DAY 7 (Durnstein to Vienna), DAY 8 (Vienna to Bratislava), DAY 9 (Budapest/overnight mooring), DAY 10 (Budapest-UK flight).

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Vessel's construction (hull and superstructure) started on February 10, 2021, with the keel-laying ceremony held at Vahali Shipyard in Zasavica (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia).

The 1923-founded Dutch shipbuilding company (Scheepswerf En Machinefabriek Vahali BV) owns and operates yards in Serbia (Belgrade, and Zasavica) and in Holland (Gendt). Vahali Shipyard Zasavica was officially opened in 2013. Following the construction in Serbia, the cruise ship will be towed to Holland for final outfitting at Scheepswerf Vahali (Gendt).

 

Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.

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