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It's official: Saga firms 1+1 newbuild order at Meyer

It's official: Saga firms 1+1 newbuild order at Meyer
Saga plc has signed the final contract to build a cruise ship at Meyer Werft for delivery in 2019. The order includes the option for a second ship to be handed over in 2021.

This firms September's memorandum of understanding between Saga and the Papenburg yard for a 55,900gt ship, the first newbuild for Saga Cruises.

Then Saga had said it was planning a ship that would carry fewer than 1,000 passengers in 540 suites and cabins, each with a balcony. Around 15% of the accommodations would 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 alfresco dining options. There will also be outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a spa, saunas, treatment rooms and beauty salon.

The ship would stretch approximately 234 metres with a beam of 30.8 metres.

In September Meyer Werft said it had been talking with Saga for many years and the newbuild agreement followed intense negotiations and the decision to employ building dock 1.

That facility, currently used for block construction, will be reactivated, enabling the yard to deliver three ships instead of two in 2019.