Saga breaks new ground by ordering a brand new ship for its fleet
Still the new cruise ships keep coming, and this time it is over-50s holiday specialists Saga who have joined the fray with a new build set for arrival in 2019 and a possible second two years later.
The confirmed 55,900-ton vessel boosts German shipbuilder Meyer Werft’s already bulging order books.
How the new Saga cruise ship will look when it arrives in 2019
The ship will be for fewer than 1,000 passengers and so will retain the intimacy and personal touch for which Saga is recognised, but with some new features including balconies for all cabins.
Lance Batchelor, Saga’s chief executive officer, said: “The cruise operation remains at the heart of the Saga brand and this investment will be transformational for the cruise business and for our cruise customers. The precise details of the new purpose built ship will be finalised over the coming months but will retain the traditional features our customers cherish.”
Robin Shaw, chief executive of Saga Cruises, added: “Our plan for the first of our new modern and elegant cruise liners is sure to delight our existing passengers and we hope it will entice new passengers to cruise with us. We will retain an intimate small-ship feel, for fewer than 1,000 passengers, a high crew to customer ratio, great public spaces and entertainment facilities and dining can be accommodated in a single sitting.
“Above all the new ships will continue to provide the quality and excellent service for which Saga is renowned.”
Artist impressions of the new ship’s lounge (above) and al fresco dining (below)
Plans for the ship will be refined over the coming months but it is expected the first ship will have 540 suites and cabins,each with a balcony. Around 15 per cent of cabins will be designed for single occupancy.
There will be single sitting dining throughout a range of restaurants as well as a variety of bars, speciality restaurants and al-fresco dining options. There will also be outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a spa, saunas, treatment rooms and beauty salon.
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