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Spirit of Discovery

Welcome to boutique, luxury cruising

Spirit of Discovery's inaugural season is selling fast

Our new luxury ship features the design cues, cuisine and levels of service you expect in the world’s finest boutique hotels. Except here you’ll wake up in a new idyllic location different to the one you went to sleep in.

Called Spirit of Discovery, she’s the only small ship being built for the British market, offering a balcony for every guest and a choice of free speciality restaurants. All backed by Saga’s famous personal service and inclusive value.

A free standard cabin upgrade

New bookings will receive a free cabin upgrade on Spirit of Discovery’s 2019 cruises. This will be a complimentary upgrade to the next grade above on Standard Balcony cabin grades, at no extra cost to you. Please note, it’s applicable to new bookings only on standard cabin grades K, J, I, H, G, WS and US, subject to availability. This is a limited time offer, and with cabins already over 60% sold, you must get in touch soon to take advantage.

Free cabin upgrade on every 2019 cruise

Book a Standard balcony cabin in our 2019 season and we'll upgrade you to the next grade above for free!

Introducing The Club by Jools Holland…

We’re delighted to announce music legend Jools Holland will be the face of an exciting new venue aboard Spirit of Discovery. Jools and his band will even be playing live on several cruises. Book soon if you want to be there!

Spirit of Discovery’s construction is underway

Spirit of Discovery has taken another step forward with the official laying of her keel. Held at the Meyer Werft shipyard on June 28, 2018, it's the next milestone in her construction.

Saga's CEO Lance Batchelor was in attendance, along with Sir Sebastian Wood, Saga's senior staff and Captain Julian Burgess, who will be at the helm for the maiden voyage.

Nigel Blanks, Chief Operating Officer for Saga Cruises said "We're continuing to reveal the ship's exciting features, from the interior design and artwork to the luxurious restaurant venues."

Keep up-to-date with our new video blogs and register your details for all the latest news and excitement as the ship comes to life.

Spirit of Discovery takes to the oceans in just one year's time. See you on board!

Making the perfect impression

This ship offers plenty of space for relaxation, from two pools, a luxury Spa and a theatre, to the delights of a secret Terrace. It’s all been thoughtfully designed with a single aim: to help you find the spaces and places that will help you unwind, as only you want to.


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Artist's impression of the Spirit of Discovery sailing through calm waters.

Deck plan

Spirit of Discovery build plans.

The build team

A row of blue Gondolas sit side by side at the harbour edge in Venice.

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A private balcony for every guest

It’s a real ‘wow’. Every cabin has a balcony, giving each guest their own private space, inside and out. And with an average floor plan of 215 square feet as standard, there’s quite a lot of space to enjoy.


Packed with culinary choice

Our widest-ever selection of restaurants

Spirit of Discovery boasts an array of restaurants from the grand dining room, to Oriental and seafood eateries too. With cuisines from all over the world, they will be a match for London's best restaurants. Best of all, you can eat whenever and where you like.

Explore Ashore

On every cruise you can enjoy our exciting new service, Explore Ashore. Led by our team of travel experts, it heralds a brand new way to plan your time ashore.

British Travel Awards

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