🆕 MV Spirit of Adventure – Past and Present

MV Spirit of Adventure

© Jochen Wegener

Spirit of Adventure Р© Jochen Wegener

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in by Meyer Werft, Papenburg (Yard No 715) for Saga Holidays/Saga Cruise as a Cruise/Ice-strengthened expedition ship .

Technical Data

  • Cost: USD 346 million
  • Length: 236 m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 31.2 m
  • Depth: 10.40 m
  • Draught: 7.3 m
  • Tonnage: 58250 gross/42124 net/5120t deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x MAN – B & W 9L32/44 diesel/ two variable pitch propellers)
  • Power: 21600 kW/HP
  • Speed: 23 knots
  • Decks: 10
  • Decks with cabins: 6
  • Capacity: 999 passenger
  • Crew: 517
  • Call Sign: MGWT8, DMCD
  • MMSI Number: 232026551
  • IMO Number:¬†9818084
  • Official Number:
  • Port of Registry: London/UK
  • Sister-Ship: Spirit of Discovery

Current Location

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June 3rd  2019:  The keel was laid down at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg. The first block of the new ship weighs 320 tonnes and is 5.5 metres high, 23.5 metres long and 31,20 metres wide.

© Jochen Wegener © Jochen Wegener

© Jochen Wegener

© Jochen Wegener  (All)

March 31st 2020: Floated in her “wet dock”.

May 29th 2020:

Saga Confirms Launch of New Cruise Ship will be Delayed

(1 p.m. BST) — Saga Cruises has confirmed the launch of its second new build Spirit of Adventure has been delayed.

Workplace and travel restrictions at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, where the ship is being built, has meant the ship will not be complete in time for its planned August 19 launch in Portsmouth.

The 999-passenger ship is a sister to Spirit of Discovery, which was christened by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in Dover last year. Saga confirmed it was working closely with the shipyard to confirm a new launch date.

A statement from the line read: “The Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, which is building the Spirit of Adventure, has informed us that the ship will not now be delivered in time for our planned maiden voyage.

“Progress has been severely impacted by the workplace and travel restrictions in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have written to our customers to let them know and offered them the chance of amending over to the new date once confirmed or to receive a full refund.

“An inaugural cruise is a very special event and we expect the majority of our guests will want to amend their bookings to the later date. We continue to work with Meyer Werft on finalising a new delivery date.”

The 999-passenger Spirit of Adventure will boast a large number of single cabins; balconies for all rooms; five inclusive dining venues, including speciality Nepalese restaurant Khukuri House, Amalfi, an Italian venue and the Supper Club, which will host dining and live entertainment.

The ship will also feature a 500 square metre spa, The Lido outdoor pool, The Playhouse, a 444-seat theatre and a large library.

Spirit of Adventure is not the only ship to be hit by shipyard delays — coronavirus has led to delays in both new builds¬†and¬†refurbishments¬†across European shipyards.

Adam Coulter
UK Managing Editor


July 24th 2020: Floated out where masts and funnel were added.


Spirit of Adventure – Meyer Werft (24/07/2020)


Spirit of Adventure Р© Frank Behrends (Bremerhaven, 05/08/2020)

August 30th 2020: Accompanied by the tugs BUGSIER 6 and CORVIN, departed Papenburg for Emden,

© Meyer Werft

Spirit of Adventure Р© Meyer Werft

© Christian Eckardt  © Christian Eckardt

Spirit of Adventure Р© Christian Eckardt (Papenburg, 30/08/2020)

September 1st 2020: Left Emden for sea trials in the North Sea.

September 4th 2020: Returned to Emden.

© Frits Olinga  © Frits Olinga

© Frits Olinga

Spirit of Adventure Р© Frits Olinga (Delfzijl, The Netherlands, 04/09/2020)

September 8th 2020: Left Emden for sea trials in Skagerrag.

September 12th 2020: Returned to Emden.

November 5th 2020: Scheduled “The Inaugural Cruise” from Southampton.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Frank Behrends, Christian Eckardt, Frits Olinga and Jochen Wegener for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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