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New Spirit of Discovery

Spirit of Discovery will be Saga Cruises’ first bespoke-built ship launching in summer 2019 from the UK. The small, luxury, boutique vessel will carry fewer than 1,000 passengers and will feature design cues from London’s finest hotels and restaurants, redefining standards in British cruising. Designed to evoke the cosiest of artisanal coffee shops, the library on board Spirit of Discovery promises not only one of the largest selection of books afloat but also the best coffee and cake at sea. Every book-lover knows that a beautiful library or a classic page-turner is entirely irresistible but add to that the lure of a complimentary genoise sponge or a perfectly poured ristretto and guests will be hard-pressed to leave this haven for one of Spirit of Discovery’s ports of call.

For those who prefer being pampered to perusing literature, Spirit of Discovery’s spa will be the perfect place to either de-stress or re-energise using the latest therapies and treatments. Guests will be able to detox in the steam room or relax deeper with a hot stone massage in one of five private areas. Those seeking a glowing skin and a boosted immune system are invited to step inside the infrared sauna where a 30-minute spell is reputed to release the same amount of endorphins as a 30-minute workout.

Every aspect of Saga Cruises’ newest ship has been thoughtfully designed and carefully curated in consultation with past, present and future guests. A theatre, where every seat is the best in the house, was a key request; in response, Spirit of Discovery’s sumptuous auditorium will not disappoint. Tiered seating guarantees that every one of the 430-strong audience will be able to enjoy an evening’s entertainment of shows, live music and cinema screenings, wherever they sit.

Each and every aspect of the ship has been developed to impress guests both present and future said new build director David Pickett. “On land, our travellers’ tastes have been honed by their experiences of tastefully designed luxury hotels and fine-dining restaurants. “Now it’s what they are increasingly coming to expect from us at sea. “This is why we have carefully designed Spirit of Discovery so that it mirrors their expectations.