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MV Spirit of Adventure – Past and Present

IMO: 9818084

MV Spirit of Adventure

© Jochen Wegener

© 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 (max) 16.0 knots (service)
  • 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 (714)

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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.

Meyer Werft Meyer Werft

Meyer Werft (24/07/2020)

© Frank Behrends © Frank Behrends© Frank Behrends

© Frank Behrends (Bremerhaven, 05/08/2020)

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

© Meyer Werft

© Meyer Werft

© Christian Eckardt © Christian Eckardt

© 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

© 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.*

September 29th 2020: Delivered to Saga Cruises.

Update: September 29th, 2020

A message to all customers booked on cruises from November 2020 to February 2021 for Spirit of Adventure and March 2021 for Spirit of Discovery

….we are postponing the Inaugural cruise of our new ship, Spirit of Adventure until 5th February, 2021 and extending the suspension of our cruising operations up to and including 4th February, 2021 for Spirit of Adventure and 7th March, 2021 for Spirit of Discovery.

I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of the new arrangements we have made in preparation for our return to service next year. Initially these will apply to all sailings up to the end of March 2021 and will be reviewed on a monthly basis going forward:

  • Pre-departure COVID-19 testing at home and in the terminal for guests and crew including full medical screening
  • A reduced capacity of guests onboard to a maximum of 800
  • Increasing our crew to guest ratio, to enhance our cleaning regimes onboard
  • Private chauffeur car per household up to 250 miles
  • Social distancing which feels subtle onboard our spacious ships
  • Face coverings being worn in all internal public areas
  • Additional enhancements to our state-of-the-art air conditioning, which already provides 100% fresh air in all public areas and cabins
  • Improved and expanded medical facilities with a new dedicated isolation area
  • Double medical team”

Saga Update

October 8th 2020: Left Emden bound for Tilbury.

October 11th 2020: Arrived at Tilbury.

October 11th 2020: Anticipated movements at Tilbury (times courtesy of  Saga)

“At Tilbury fort between 12pm and 1pm, Lay-by at cruise terminal around 2pm, Going through the lock around 5pm to 6pm, Alongside 7pm”

© Bob Scott
© Bob Scott (Gravesend, 11/10/2020)
October 2020: Owing to Coronavirus Pandemic, continued lay up at Tilbury
March 29th 2021:
Saga announces four all-inclusive UK itineraries on Spirit of Discovery from June 27 – plus the 15-night inaugural voyage of Spirit of Adventure from Tilbury on July 26, which calls at ports such as Newcastle, Dundee, Kirkwall, Orkneys, Greenock, Belfast, Falmouth and Dover.
Discovery will sail six nights from Tilbury to Scotland from June 27; 14 nights British Isles on July 11 plus six nights Scotland and Norwegian scenic cruising on July 3 and 25.
All passengers must be fully vaccinated for the cruises.
July 11th 2021: Called at Dover.
© Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)
July 19th 2021: Christened at Portsmouth by,the recently retired Head of the Royal Navy Medical Service, Commodore Inga Kennedy.
© Saga Cruises

© Pieter Inpyn © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Stornoway, 29/05/2023)
May 9th 2024:  Called at Dover
© Mark Leiper
© Mark Leiper (Dover, 09/05/2024)

May 30th 2024: Called at Dover.

© Julien Carpentier

© Julien Carpentier (Dover, 30/05/2024)

June 11th 2024: Due at Dover.

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, Julien Carpentier, Christian Eckardt, Pieter Inpyn, Mark Leiper, Frits Olinga, Bob Scott, Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)  and Jochen Wegener for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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