Germany’s Meyer Werft has entered into an agreement with British-based cruise line Saga Cruises to deliver a new cruise vessel in early 2019.
The agreement also includes an option to order a second ship for delivery in 2021.
The 234m-long, 30.8m-wide 55,900 GT vessels will have the capacity to accommodate fewer than 1,000 passengers.
The details of the newly built ship will be finalised over the coming months. The vessel is expected to feature nearly 540 suites and cabins each with a balcony with 15% of cabins designed for single occupancy.
In addition, there will be single sitting dining throughout a range of restaurants as well as a variety of bars, speciality restaurants and al-fresco dining options.
The vessel will also feature other amenities such as outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a spa, saunas, treatment rooms and beauty salon.
Saga plc CEO Lance Batchelor said: "This investment will be transformational for the cruise business and for our cruise customers.
"The precise details of the new purpose built ship will be finalised over the coming months but will retain the traditional features our customers cherish."
Saga Cruises CEO Robin Shaw said: "Our plan for the first of our new modern and elegant cruise liners is sure to delight our existing passengers and we hope it will entice new passengers to cruise with us.
"We will retain an intimate small-ship feel, for fewer than 1,000 passengers, a high crew to customer ratio, great public spaces and entertainment facilities and dining can be accommodated in a single sitting.
"The artist impressions have been well received and we will continue to consult with our loyal cruise customers throughout the design and build to ensure they get ships that they have helped to make their own."
Meyer Werft’s building dock I, currently used for block construction, will be reactivated with the new project enabling the company to deliver three new cruise ships instead of the currently planned two ships in 2019.
Image: An artist’s impression of the new Meyer Werft cruise vessel. Photo: courtesy of MEYER WERFT GmbH & Co. KG.