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Launch of Saga's New Cruise Ship Spirit of Adventure Delayed Until 2021
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Launch of Saga's New Cruise Ship Spirit of Adventure Delayed Until 2021

Launch of Saga's New Cruise Ship Spirit of Adventure Delayed Until 2021
(Image: Saga Cruises)

September 29, 2020

Adam Coulter
UK Managing Editor
By Adam Coulter
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(1 p.m. BST) -- Saga Cruises second new build Spirit of Adventure will now has been further pushed back from an original August launch date to November and now not until February.
The original delay in delivery was caused by work stoppages at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Germany during the coronavirus pandemic. This further delay has been blamed on the continued uncertainty over travel caused by COVID-19.
"Over the past few months, we have worked hard to put in place detailed plans to safely return to cruising and have made fantastic progress with all this work," a spokesperson said.
"Sadly, however, with COVID-19 again on the increase and most countries still not accepting cruise ships, we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of our cruise operations to next year. This includes the postponement of the inaugural cruise of the Spirit of Adventure."
The 999-passenger ship, a sister ship to Spirit of Discovery, replaces Saga Sapphire which was sold by the line last year.
Saga has put in place a large number of enhanced safety protocols for when sailings do resume, including:
  • Pre-departure Covid-19 testing at home and in the terminal for passengers and crew including full medical screening
  • A reduced capacity of passengers onboard to a maximum of 800
  • Increasing our crew to passenger ratio, to enhance cleaning regimes onboard
  • Social distancing
  • Face coverings worn in all internal public areas
  • Additional enhancements to air conditioning
  • Improved and expanded medical facilities with a new dedicated isolation area
  • Double medical team
The line stated it was in the process of contacting all passengers to discuss refund and Future Cruise Credit options.
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