On 28 June 2019, the first of two bespoke new build ‘boutique’ cruise ships, Spirit of Discovery, arrived at her home port of Dover for the first time.
Sailing past the iconic White Cliffs and into Dover’s recently developed Western Docks, Spirit of Discovery’s British arrival marks the start of a new chapter for cruising in the UK.
The first ever new build cruise ship for Saga, the 58,250 gross tonne Spirit of Discovery has been delivered to the cruise line from Meyer Werft shipyard.
The delivery ceremony and hand over of the ship took place in Emden, Germany on 24 June 2019. The ship will soon sail for Dover, United Kingdom, where it will arrive on 28 June 2019.
Saga has announced that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall will be Godmother of its newly built boutique cruise ship, Spirit of Discovery.
The naming ceremony will take place in Dover, Kent, on 5 July 2019. She will be the first cruise ship to be named at the Port of Dover for over a decade, and the first to be docked at Dover Western Docks following the £250m redevelopment of the area.
Saga’s first ever new build cruise ship, Spirit of Discovery has complete the conveyance from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany to the North Sea.
The 58,250 gross tonne vessel, left the shipyard on 26 May 2019, completing its conveyance the following day.
On 12 May 2019, Saga’s first newbuild cruise ship, Spirit of Discovery was floated out from the building hall at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
As the ship was moved from the building hall the mast and funnel were carefully lifted into place. Spirit of Discovery was then berthed at an outfitting-quay where further work will take place on board. The ship’s crew will also here ahead of its departure from the shipyard towards the end of May.
The funnel for the first ever new build cruise ship for Saga, Spirit of Discovery, has arrived at the Meyer Werft shipyard, where the ship is currently under construction.
The 58,250 gross tonne ship is scheduled to float out of the building hall at the shipyard in Pepenburg, Germany on 12 May 2019.
The first new build cruise ship for Saga Cruises, Spirit of Discovery, is set to float out from the building hall at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on 12 May 2019.
The 999-passenger vessel will be moved from the building hall where it has been constructed at the shipyard to a nearby quay, where the ship’s mast and funnel will be carefully lifted into place.
Attention all Shipping at 00.00hrs July 5, 2019: The iconic names broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s British Isles Shipping Forecast will ring out on Saga’s new ship Spirit of Discovery with eight suites named after the areas Bailey, Fair Isle, FitzRoy, Hebrides, Humber, Lundy, Thames and Trafalgar.
A nod to Saga Cruises’ heritage also sees the ship’s four top suites honour inspiring names including company founder Sidney de Haan OBE. Mr de Hann (1919-2002) built the company from a small hotel in Folkestone in 1951 to become the best-known UK company for the over-50s.
Saga Cruises has announced that its first ever new-build cruise ship, Spirit of Discovery, will be named in its home port of Dover on 05 July 2019.
The boutique luxury cruise ship will be the first cruise ship to be christened in Dover for more than a decade, following the completion of stages 1&2 of the £250 million redevelopment of Dover Western Docks.
The keel laying for Saga Cruises first-ever newbuild cruise ship, Spirit of Discovery, was laid at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on 28 June 2018.
The 999-passenger Spirit of Discovery is the first of two new cruise ships being constructed for Saga Cruises. Spirit of Discovery will be delivery in summer 2019, whilst the second vessel named Spirit of Adventure will launch in 2020.