All house spirits, wine, beer and soft drinks will be added to Saga’s comprehensive cruise package which already includes all gratuities, a UK travel service and free Wi-Fi onboard.
Chief operating officer 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.’
Saga is also offering first-time guests early flights home and a refund of the cruise fare to anyone who does not enjoy the sailing.
Spirit of Discovery is the first of two new 58,250gt ships being constructed for Saga at Meyer Werft and 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.