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Introducing Spirit of the Danube

A second purpose-built river ship will soon join our fleet!

We’re delighted to announce the addition of a second river ship, Spirit of the Danube, to Saga’s fleet of custom-built ships.

Launching in 2022, she promises the same levels of comfort, service and value as her sister-ship Spirit of the Rhine. We're also using the latest engine technology to significantly reduce emissions, ensuring that our ship is one of the greenest on the rivers.

This new ship will cruise down the Danube which flows through 10 countries and passes some of the most dramatic and varied scenery in Europe. Our collection will showcase its finest sights and most famous cities along with some lesser-known gems too. With up to five included excursions on every cruise, you’ll be able to see, learn or do something new every day.

Please note: Photos are for illustration only. All plans are subject to change.

Fine dining

Beef with berries and mashed potatoes

Spirit of the Danube offers world-class cuisine prepared using fresh local ingredients by our own chefs on board. As well as waiter-served breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main restaurant, guests may dine free of charge in the more intimate à la carte restaurant, created in partnership with celebrity chef Mark Sargeant, at least once during your cruise.

Mark Sargeant

Mark Sargeant

Michelin star chef Mark Sargeant was first inspired to become a chef at the age of 13. Between 2001-2008 Mark was head chef at Claridge’s for Gordon Ramsey. He has since opened his own restaurants in Kent. This includes Rocksalt in Folkestone, the hometown of Saga.

Mark will be creating an exclusive signature dish for Spirit of the Danube’s à la carte restaurant.

Why choose Saga?

Quality, service and value are the hallmarks of every Saga holiday, but by operating our own river ships we can give you even more. Every cruise includes our VIP travel service door to door, as well as à la carte dining, selected drinks, afternoon tea, midnight feasts, gratuities, Wi-Fi and so much more.

And to make your cruise even more memorable, we’ve invited a cast of celebrities and special guests on board too! They’ll be entertaining you with everything from informative talks and inspirational demonstrations to concerts, classes and Q&A sessions. John Suchet, Miranda Krestovnikoff, Eric Knowles and Mark Sargeant are among the familiar faces joining us in 2022.

Champagne glasses

What's included

One of our drivers show a couple to their VIP travel service vehicle

VIP travel service

A depiction of the Crucifixion of Jesus

Oberammergau Passion Play 2022

A side view of a ship to indicate its length135 metres


A ship's width, known as beam11.4 metres


A ship on waterSaga

Cruise line

A champagne bottle on a string2022

Maiden voyage

A passenger190

Passenger capacity

A crew shoulder board40

Officers & crew

A ship with decks4

Passenger decks

A lift buttonThe lift runs between the middle and upper decks. It does not serve the sundeck which is accessed via 14 steps and the Lower Deck which is 13 steps down from the Middle Deck.


A cabin with arrows indicating sizeUpper and Middle Deck: 17 square metres. Lower Deck: 14 square metres.

Approx. twin cabin size

Deck plan

Spirit of the Danube deck plan