The 470-passenger ship, built in 1980, was owned by a German consortium and chartered and managed by Neustadt-based Peter Deilmann Reederei until Saga stepped in to buy the ship in March.
Saga will rename the vessel Spirit of Adventure and details of her 2006 cruise programme, starting in March, will be unveiled next week.
In the meantime, Seatrade Insider understands Dutch operator Club Cruise is planning to charter the vessel from Dec. 24 to March 15, operating 10- and eight-day cruises in the Canaries and southern Med for gay men under the Romeo-N-Romeo banner. The itineraries are being promoted on the web using the vessel name Romeo.
While gay cruises are popular in the US with a number of cruise line charters, programmes and sailings, 'it is entirely new for Europeans to have the opportunity to cruise on this type of product this side of the Atlantic,' Casper Klap, international sales manager for Utrecht-based Romeo-N-Romeo, told Seatrade Insider.
Romeo-N-Romeo is targeting an international audience using tour operators in the US and across Europe.