Meyer Werft delivers Spirit of Discovery ship to Saga Cruises

26 June 2019 (Last Updated June 26th, 2019 17:14)

Meyer Werft has completed its second new-build ship of the year by sending its Spirit of Discovery vessel to UK-based cruise line Saga Cruises.

Meyer Werft has completed its second new-build ship of the year by sending its Spirit of Discovery vessel to UK-based cruise line Saga Cruises.

The German shipbuilder’s delivery of its latest construct to Saga Cruises follows its transfer of Spectrum of the Seas to Royal Caribbean International in April.

With a tonnage measurement of 58,250Gt, Spirit of Discovery features an eco-friendly and resource-conserving design. It is fitted with Siemens SISHIP Power and Drive MV with eSiPOD 10M, with power and distribution plant.

The ship is powered by four nine-cylinder MAN 32/44 engines, which possess a 5,400kW capacity and is capable of sailing at a speed of 16k.

Meyer Werft managing director Tim Meyer said: “With great team effort, we already completed two modern cruise ships this year.”

Saga Travel CEO Robin Shaw said: “We are extremely happy with Saga’s first new-build and believe we have created something very special for our guests that will be enjoyed for years to come.

“Indeed, it has exceeded our expectations and we look forward to welcoming our very first guests on the inaugural cruise on 10 July.”

Meyer Werft held the keel-laying ceremony for Saga Cruises’ second new build Spirit of Adventure earlier this month. It is expected to be commissioned in summer 2020.

Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Adventure are both 236m long and 31.2m wide, allowing for the housing of approximately 999 passengers.

Norwegian Encore will become the third vessel handed over by Meyer Werft this year, with its completion scheduled for the coming Autumn.

Meyer Werft currently has a long-term order book delivery until the end of 2023.