Saga Cruises has cancelled more sailings by revealing that the ship Spirit of Discovery will not return to service until December 16.

The decision impacts departures to the Canary Islands on November 18 and December 2.

The line has also cancelled two departures by new 999-passenger sister ship Spirit of Adventure to the Canaries on November 1 and Caribbean on November 15.

However, the over-50s company says some availability remains on Spirit of Adventure’s inaugural sailing on November 5.

The move follows blanket government advice issued earlier this month against taking ocean cruises.

Spirit of Adventure was floated out of its dock at its German shipyard on Friday, ready for sea trials ahead of its first sailing.

Saga Cruises managing director Nigel Blanks said in a message to customers: “As you know, we remain in a period of uncertainty as to when we can fully operate due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are continuing to look forward in an effort to plan ahead and communicate with you at the earliest opportunity on any decisions that we make.

“I am now in a position to advise you that following careful consideration, Spirit of Discovery will return to service on 16th December 2020.

“Therefore both cruises, Canary Island Flavours, which was due to depart 18th November 2020, and Canary Islands and Casablanca, which was due to depart 2nd December, have now been cancelled.”

The line is offering the opportunity to transfer bookings to 2021 or 2022 with a 10% incentive.

Blanks added:  “We will continue to keep you updated, especially as when Spirit of Discovery does return to operation in December, she will do so with a new range of itineraries which I am keen to share with you.”

He said: “Following my previous announcement that Spirit of Adventure’s inaugural cruise will now depart on 5th November 2020, I am now in a position to confirm that sadly both cruises Stars of the Canaries, which was due to depart 1st November, and Rhythms of the Caribbean, which was due to depart on 15th November have now been cancelled.

“I appreciate that this will come as a disappointment to you however, should you decide to amend your booking to a future Saga Ocean cruise departing either later this year or during 2021 or 2022, we will transfer the full amount you paid for this cruise, plus an additional 10% onto the alternative booking.

“We do also still have some availability on Spirit of Adventure’s inaugural cruise which departs on 5th November 2020, which may be another option for you to consider.”