Saga has unveiled new renderings of its first new build ship, which is due to launch in summer 2019.
The thoughts and recommendations of passengers have been incorporated into the design and the sleek 55,900 GT ship will carry fewer than 1,000 passengers and feature 540 all-balcony cabins. Some 20% of the accommodation will be for solo travellers, with a choice of single cabin grades.
The construction of Saga’s first new ship will begin in Summer 2018, and is being overseen by New Build Director, David Pickett, who joined Saga from Carnival UK, where he worked on P&O Cruises’ Britannia, Azura and Ventura.
Pickett said: “The all-balcony cabins will be spacious and modern, designed with a fresh and contemporary twist.
“In fact, the whole ship has the ‘wow’ factor. It is being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard, in Hamburg, and at the moment we’re heavily focused on technical design, the engine, generator and propulsion plant; everything to make sure we deliver a practical, working ship of the highest specification.”
Features will include single-sitting dining in a choice of speciality restaurants, a selection of bars, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, a library, an observation lounge and signature Britannia Lounge.
Pickett says the Britannia Lounge is his favourite feature of the ship. He said: “The Britannia Lounge is going to be a magnificent signature space set across two decks. I know how important this area will be to our loyal guests, so we’ve worked hard to ensure it doesn’t disappoint.
“It’s been our aim to listen to current passengers during consultations and get as many of their wants and desires into the new ship while future-proofing the build, so it can operate for many, many years ahead.”