Spirit of the Rhine

Specifications of Spirit of the Rhine

Year built2021 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
Decks with cabins3
Christened bytba
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MS Spirit of the Rhine is a new riverboat (currently under construction in Serbia, at Vahali Shipyards) and scheduled for inauguration in 2021-Q2. The new ship cruises on the rivers the Danube, Main, Rhine and Moselle, and also on the Dutch waterways. The vessel is the 3rd of Saga Cruises' newbuilds - following the ocean liners (sisterships) Spirit of Discovery (July 2019) and Spirit of Adventure (August 2020).

Saga Spirit of the Rhine river cruise ship

Unlike the currently operated under charter 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 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.

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).


Saga Spirit of the Rhine ship a boutique-type riverboat with a total of 96 staterooms and max passenger capacity 192 (all cabins are with double occupancy). All staterooms are similarly sized (17 m2 / 185 ft2). All cabins on Lower Deck (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 Rhine, 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), HDTV (satellite reception, Infotainment system / Internet, movies-on-demand, real-time bridge cam views), free of charge WiFi Internet (shipwide coverage).

Complimentary alcohol (beer and wine by the glass) and soft beverages are provided during lunch and dinner. On MS Spirit of the Rhine, Saga Cruises for the first time included (as standard) in the cruise fares gratuities (onboard tipping), beverages (beer, wine, soft drinks) and VIP coach transfers (from the passengers' homes/hotels).

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).

The inaugural cruise of Spirit of the Rhine (6-day itinerary) is scheduled for March 23, 2021. More details on the new Saga ship are inspected soon.

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Vessel's construction (hull and superstructure) started on December 11, 2019, with the keel-laying ceremony held at Vahali Shipyard in Zasavica (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia). The ceremony was attended by Robert Goodwin (Saga Group's Director of Product and Purchasing),Andrew Iwasyszyn (Saga River Cruises'Product Manager), Vincent Bekker (Vahali Shipyard's owner), Johan Rijfers (Rijfers River Cruises' owner) and Gilles Beschoor Plug (Holland's Ambassador in 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). The 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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