The 58,250gt ship will now set sail for the UK, with its first cruise scheduled to depart on February 5 to the Canary Islands.
The vessel comprises 554 all balcony cabins and is capable of accommodating 999 passengers. ‘While she shares some similarities with her sister ship, Spirit of Discovery, Spirit of Adventure is unique in her own right with distinctive design features and characteristics,' said Nigel Banks, MD, Saga Cruises.
It is the cruise line’s second purpose-built boutique cruise ship after Spirit of Discovery, which joined the fleet in July last year.
Delay caused by travel restrictions
‘Though the inaugural cruise will take place a little later than we had originally planned due to the ongoing restrictions on travel, we cannot wait to welcome guests on board,' said Banks, adding, ‘Having recently visited the ship in Germany, I can assure you, she is worth the wait.'
He went on: ‘Over the past 18 months, we have been focused on creating a British boutique cruising experience for our guests ... and Spirit of Adventure is an important milestone in this plan.’
Health and hygiene measures
Reduced capacity, pre-departure testing both at home and before boarding, increased medical staff and facilities, and enhancements to air conditioning are among the measures Saga will have in place when its vessels resume sailing.