A commemorative coin stamped with Spirit of Adventure’s name, keel-laying date and the lettering S715 – denoting the identification marker for the ship during her build – was placed under the first block in the dry dock where a total of 54 blocks will be used to create the 58,250gt ship.
Spirit of Adventure will have an overall length of 774.3ft with a breadth of 102.4ft
A second newbuild
Speaking at the ceremony, Robin Shaw, CEO Saga Travel said: ‘These are exciting times for Saga and the occasion marks a key stage in the construction of our second new build cruise ship.
‘Our decision to build two new boutique cruise ships, Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Adventure for our guests heralds a new era in the history of Saga cruising.
‘Both ships have been designed to epitomise Saga’s British boutique cruising concept and they are the first small, luxury ships to be built by a British company, for the British market, in more than four decades.’
Spirit of Discovery will be named in Dover on July 5, 2019 Both ships will host 999 guests and 523 crew members.