Saga Cruises is to expand its fleet of new build ships with a second cruise ship - the ‘Spirit of Adventure’ - due for delivery in August 2020.

The new ship will be a sister ship to Spirit of Discovery, which sails in July 2019, and will be similar in external design, carrying less than 1,000 passengers and with balconies for all cabins, retaining the brand’s sense of intimacy and personal touches. Both ships will be built by the Meyer Werft shipyard.

Robin Shaw, chief executive for the cruise company, said: “Our loyal customers have played a key role in the design process for our first new build ship ‘Spirit of Discovery’. To date almost 7,000 passengers, who had pre-registered to sail on her have already gone on to book one of our new itineraries. This is a phenomenal conversion of more than 80%.

“Thanks to this strong demand, the desire of Saga members to keep doing the things they love and the forecast growth in the cruise industry, I am absolutely delighted to confirm that we have now agreed to build a second new ship, ‘Spirit of Adventure’ for delivery in Summer 2020. This is an incredibly exciting time for us and I am immensely proud of my team, both onboard and ashore, and the customers that will continue to help shape the look and feel of our future fleet.”

As part of the company’s new brochure launch, which includes the maiden voyages of the Spirit of Discovery alongside a collection of 2019/20 Saga Sapphire itineraries, the operator is running a series of agent incentives.

Agents can receive £100 in shopping vouchers for every ocean cruise confirmed before October 31. In addition, every Spirit of Discovery booking made will qualify as an entry to a weekly prize draw with the chance to win a boutique hotel break. Finally agents taking a photo of the new brochure and uploading it to Saga’s Trade Facebook page will be in with a chance of winning a case of wine.

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