September 30, 2015
Saga’s new vessel rendering, announced Sept 30 2015. Image courtesy Saga Meyer Werft
Saga Cruises announced today that it has placed an order for their first newly constructed cruise ship to be delivered by the Meyer Werft yard in Papenburg, Germany during the summer of 2019. The ship will be approximately 768 feet long with a beam of 101 feet (234 meters long, 30.8 meters wide) and gross tonnage of 55,900. There is an option for a second ship which would be delivered in 2021.
With this project Meyer Werft’s building dock 1, will be reactivated giving the shipyard the potential to deliver three new cruise ships per year beginning in 2019, instead of the current two ships. Bernard Meyer, Managing Partner of Meyer Werft, stated: “We are very happy and proud to deliver the first new build for this British cruise line.” From the Saga Cruises side, Robin Shaw their Chief Executive added: “This is an important milestone in the future of Saga Cruises. We are happy to develop this vessel, tailored to our individual needs, and we’re delighted to be working with Meyer Werft a recognized leader in cruise ship construction.” Saga Cruises caters to passengers over the age of 50 while also offering other services to that segment of the population.
Saga’s current fleet consists of two ships, the 18,627 gross ton SAGA PEARL II (ex ASTOR, ARKONA, ASTORIA, SAGA PEARL II, QUEST FOR ADVENTURE) and the 37,301 gross ton, SAGA SAPPHIRE (ex EUROPA, SUPERSTAR EUROPE, SUPERSTAR AIRES, HOLIDAY DREAM, BLEU DE FRANCE) both built in the early 1980’s.
Shawn J. Dake, freelance travel writer and regular contributor to MaritimeMatters, worked in tourism and cruise industry for over 35 years. A native of Southern California, his first job was as a tour guide aboard the Queen Mary. A frequent lecturer on ship-related topics he has appeared on TV programs. Owner of Oceans Away Cruises & Travel agency, he served as President of the local Chapter of Steamship Historical Society of America. With a love of the sea, he is a veteran of 115 cruises.
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