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Spirit of Discovery

Artist's impression of Spirit of Discovery exterior restaurant

Our brand new ship is coming to life!

Launching in Summer 2019, we can now reveal more exciting details of our brand new, boutique small ship. Called Spirit of Discovery, her luxurious, world-class design heralds a new era for Saga Cruising, and will offer the chance to experience so much more – to explore the world, to taste the local food and to really experience the local cultures. All backed by Saga’s famous personal service and inclusive value.

From bow to stern, every aspect of our luxury, boutique ship has been designed to surprise and amaze. Featuring design cues from some of the world’s finest hotels, she will be spacious and contemporary, and packed with places to get active, relax and indulge. It’s going to be a distinctly British cruise experience – there’s simply not going to be another ship like it!

Robin Shaw

Robin Shaw, Saga Cruises’ Chief Executive

No one is more passionate about Spirit of Discovery than Saga Cruises’ Chief Executive, Robin Shaw…

“Designing a new cruise ship is fun, exciting and challenging all in one, and for the past two years we’ve been listening to our customers, taking feedback, and fine tuning every detail of the design.

And what a ship Spirit of Discovery is going to be! One of her most unique features will be that every cabin will have a balcony, giving each guest their own private space at sea.

It’s a really fantastic time to be a part of this next stage of Saga’s journey.”

David Pickett

David Pickett, New Build Director

As Spirit of Discovery takes shape, we also caught up with David Pickett, who is spearheading the project, to see how things are progressing…

“We are currently liaising closely with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, and every day is full of exciting developments.

A huge amount of thought and detail has gone into the design and construction of Spirit of Discovery. We’ve just finalized the sizes of the restaurants and the theatre. The designs of the stunning balcony cabins are also being finalized. The whole ship certainly has the ‘wow’ factor!

At the moment we’re heavily focused on technical design, the engine, generator and propulsion plant. Everything to make sure we deliver a practical, working ship of the highest specification. It’s a challenge, but certainly an exciting one.”

Andy Yuell

Andy Yuill, Managing Director of SMC Design

We also chatted to Andy Yuill, an expert in creating cutting-edge designs for the world’s finest vessels, to see what he has in store for Saga’s exciting new project.

“I think people are going to be surprised by what Saga will deliver with this ship – expect the unexpected! We are maintaining the best bits of the existing brand, but introducing new and unexpected elements. It’s a ship built for a British company, with the customers at the forefront.

At the moment we’re working closely with the Saga team to ensure that we understand their vision, which we can then develop, and turn into a reality.

Plus, we’re very fortunate to be building at Meyer Werft where I have gained considerable experience over the years – they’re the best in the world.”