Saga’s Spirit of Discovery

Saga have now announced that their first purpose-built cruise ship will be named ‘Spirit Of Discovery’.

The  newbuild is due for delivery in 2019. She is an intimate 55,900 gross tonnes  and will carry just 1,000 passengers.
There will also be single-sitting dining in a choice of speciality restaurants, a selection of bars, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, fabulous library, signature Britannia Lounge and much more – all with a fresh and contemporary twist on the traditions of classic Saga cruising.

The cabins are going to be a real showcase – spacious and modern, the ship’s design also means every one will have a balcony. In addition, around 15% of the accommodation will be for solo travellers, with a choice of single cabin grades.


Malcolm says: It’s nice to see a new smaller ship being built. The renderings show an extensive Promenade Deck. Inside there is an impressive atrium and a double-height restaurant.

The windows above the Bridge Deck must surely be a forward-facing observation lounge or maybe an alternative dining room with a view?

Saga Cruises From Portsmouth (UK)

Saga Pearl II (Courtesy Saga)

Saga Cruises will have 15 departures from Portsmouth International Port (Uk).

The Saga Pearl II will be based at Portsmouth International Port between January and April, with eight cruises starting and ending in the first four months of 2018. The Saga Pearl II will then return in the autumn with another six turnaround calls between October and December.

The Saga Sapphire also makes a return trip to Portsmouth International Port. Following a successful visit last year, Sapphire’s 2018 schedule sees a port of call, overnighting during a visit in June, according to the port.

Saga’s first cruise from Portsmouth International Port in January 2018 will be a 17-night holiday that heads to Morocco and the hidden Canaries.




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