On 19 July 2021 Saga’s brand new ship, Spirit of Adventure, was named in a traditional bottle smashing ceremony at Portsmouth International Port.

She was named by the recently retired Head of the Royal Navy Medical Service, Commodore Inga J. Kennedy, in recognition of the countless hours of service given by medical professionals during the pandemic.

The new ship was the first to be named at Portsmouth, thanks to the city’s investment in the extension of the port’s main cruise berth, which enables them to manage larger ships.

Nick Stace, Saga’s CEO of Travel, said: “Today has been a long time coming for everyone, so it feels symbolic that the naming of our brand-new cruise ship, Spirit of Adventure will be part of such an historic day for the UK.

“Now, it’s time to get Spirit of Adventure on the water with her sister, Spirit of Discovery and return to doing what we do best – giving our guests an amazing cruise experience.”

The ship will depart on her inaugural cruise on 26 July from Tilbury. Once under way, she will sail on a round Britain cruise taking in Newcastle, Belfast, the Isle of Man, Liverpool, Holyhead, Bristol, Lundy Island, the north Cornwall coast, the Isles of Scilly and Falmouth before returning to Tilbury on Tuesday 10 August.

Spirit of Adventure has ten passenger decks offering 554 all-balcony cabins including 109 single balcony cabins, and features five restaurants including The Main Dining Room, The Grill, The Supper Club, Khukuri (Nepalese speciality) and Amalfi (Italian speciality), all of which are complementary to dine in.

The North Cape Bar is the ship’s main bar, and the Living Room offers coffee and snacks as well as a full drinks service. Outdoor facilities include an observation deck, full wraparound promenade and terrace, pool, sports court and deck games.

Entertainment and wellbeing facilities include The Playhouse (a 444-seat theatre with complete unobstructed views seating, home to Saga Cruise’s resident performance company), the signature Britannia Lounge with a dance floor and live entertainment, The Library with refreshments, craft and card rooms, The Spa with hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam and treatment rooms, The Salon, a gym, shop and medical centre. The ship also features specially commissioned artwork that draw inspiration from the geography, landscapes, and palette of the British Isles.