Saga has taken delivery of its new ship Spirit of Adventure from German shipbuilder Meyer Werft.

The ship was handed over in Emden and joins Spirit of Discovery as the line’s second purpose-built vessel.

Spirit of Adventure can accommodate 999 passengers across 554 all-balcony cabins and is due to sail its inaugural cruise to the Canary Islands on February 5 after the launch date was put back due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nigel Blanks, managing director of Saga Cruises, said: “This is a really exciting day for us as Spirit of Adventure officially becomes part of the Saga Cruises family. Over the past 18 months, we have been focused on creating a British boutique cruising experience for our guests that is not available elsewhere on the market and Spirit of Adventure is an important milestone in this plan.

“While she shares some similarities with her sister ship, Spirit of Discovery, Spirit of Adventure is unique in her own right with distinctive design features and characteristics.

“Though the inaugural cruise will take place a little later than we had originally planned due to the ongoing restrictions on travel, we cannot wait to welcome guests onboard and see all she has to offer.”