Saga Cruises’ first new boutique small ship, Spirit of Discovery, 999 guests,exactly the same size as the new Viking Ocean ships. Both new ships, this and the Spirit of Adventure will be adult only and all-inclusive. Cruises are already on general sale including those with Jools Holland appearing live at his club on board, The Club By Jools. With SAGA announcing a second new ‘small’ and Viking announcing ten more, this is a market that will run parallel to family ships. Cunard have announced a new ship too. The cruise industry has gone astronomical. CHAT – Saga Boutique Adult Ships – CHAT
A key new market switch is that these new ships will be all-inclusive. Saga guests can also expect a boutique service too with two staff to every three passengers. So, there will always be someone on hand to make guests feel truly at home. It will run from January 2020 and adds to the number of complimentary services already enjoyed Saga Cruises’ guests:
- UK travel package to and from departure port
- All on-board gratuities
- All meals and entertainment
- Afternoon tea
- 24-hour room service
- Welcome cocktail party
- Unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues
- Shuttle bus to nearest town centre from a port
- Optional travel insurance
This strategic decision is said to be due to customer demand, and means Saga guests will enjoy all house spirits, wine, beer and soft drinks as part of Saga’s comprehensive cruise package which already includes all gratuities, a UK travel service and FREE Wi-Fi onboard.
Chief operating office Nigel Blanks said ‘the decision to go all-inclusive in 2020 had been made to ‘reaffirm our position as a niche luxury cruise operator’. He said: “Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Adventure are the only boutique small ships being built with British market in mind. I firmly believe that our decision to move to all-inclusive cruising will not only sit well alongside our ‘Boutique Cruising’ proposition, it will also distance us further from the competition whilst giving those that choose to cruise with us an even more exclusive and value for money experience.”
Don’t forget the Money back guarantee
Saga is so confident that first-time guests will love life on board its award-winning cruise ships that it is offering early flights home and a refund of the cruise fare to anyone who does not enjoy the sailing.
ABOUT SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY and SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE
Saga’s first purpose-built cruise ship Spirit of Discovery will replace Saga Pearl II in July 2019 while the second ship, Spirit of Adventure, is planned to enter service in August 2020, replacing Saga Sapphire. Both ships will host 999 guests and 530 crew members.
The ships will be a 58,250 gross ton vessels measuring 774.3ft in length and a maximum beam of 102.4ft.
SAGA also run a ‘Price Promise’ to make guests deal proof – It applies to the Saga Pearl II, Saga Sapphire and Spirit of Discovery only: Should SAGA ever reduce their prices or bring in a new special offer after you book (optional ad-hoc services are excluded), they will work out the difference and pass the value of the saving back to you. This applies as long as the discounted holiday is exactly the same package offered under exactly the same terms of sale (which means the full terms that apply to your holiday contract, including your cabin grade and whether your cabin is allocated at the time of booking or at embarkation). In calculating any possible saving due, they take into consideration all offers and discounts that were applied at the time of booking and compare the overall price that you’ve been charged with the current price. They will pass on the value of the saving in the form of a higher grade cabin, on-board credit or other value added benefit.
Both new ships herald a new era for Saga Cruising. Spirit of Discovery is being built at Meyer Werft in Germany alongside the Iona and ships for Aida and Royal Caribbean. Here we feature the first in a series of films on her building. The steel cutting ceremony. The ship number is S-714. She is the first ship to be built in the Meyer Werft smaller yard since 2013 and that is because she is a new boutique ship, against the trend for larger family ships.
In July 2019, after sailing out of Dover for her maiden sell-out cruise around the UK, ‘A British First’, Spirit of Discovery will begin a season of action packed cruises.
Guests can choose from sailing transatlantic to spend Christmas 2019 in New York, island hopping around the Canaries, a foodie voyage around Spain, seeking out the stunning Northern Lights over Norway and many more exciting adventures. While those looking for a shorter getaway to try the new, luxury ship are also spoilt for choice, with a choice of mini cruises to France and the Channel Islands.
Cruising has become a boom industry and new ships are being built everywhere in all shapes and sizes and with new technology to be more eco green and better to sail. Saga have two ships being built at Meyer-Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Being SAGA’s biggest ship to date, the Spirit of the Discovery will offer widest-ever selection of restaurants. The Grand Dining Room or any of the speciality restaurants will include in a choice of house wines, tips and service charges as inclusive with the food. The Verandah Grill will see the chefs on show cooking in the evening to add a touch of theatre. East to West will pamper to the great enthusiasm British passengers have for Asian food, and Coast to Coast will be a modern sea food dining experience. The Living Room is a lunge wine bar, there will be a spacious library, spa with indoor pool and the theatre and entertainment will be state of the art. The build team and so much more information is on their own web site. Click here. In the mean time check out the latest deals from SAGA cruising on their two very popular ships.
Andy Quill, SMC’s managing director who has over 25 years experience of large scale designs says, “I think people are going to be surprised with what SAGA will deliver with this ship, expect the unexpected!”
We thank SAGA for supplying these artists impressions we can share with you.
If you enjoy seeing more about the entertainers you see at sea, then take a look at our show cast! Here is our growing menu of those who work at sea.
Check out some of the great Cruise Routes, our concise films of what a ship offers when it takes a specific route. These are typical routes but we do have films to help cruisers on every popular cruise destination in the world.
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- New England Cruise
- Caribbean Cruise (from Barbados)
- Norwegian Fjords
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