Saga: Two new river liners named at ceremony this weekend, ahead of cruise start from today
The ceremony brought together more than 100 people who participated in the design and construction of the ship. The event included speeches by Peter Wright, Commercial Director of Saga Cruise, Otto Groen, CEO of Rijfers Nautical Management, owner of the ship, and Vincent Bekker, owner of Vahali Shipyard, which built the ship. The two ships’ sponsor, Dame Jenni Murray, a prominent British broadcaster and journalist, with a popular monthly column in Saga Magazine, then blessed the two ships with a short speech and a traditional bottle smash.
The Spirit of the DanubeThe inaugural week-long cruise will navigate the intricate Dutch waterways to the windmills of Kinderdijk and the walled city of Willemstad before crossing the border into Belgium for included visits to Ghent, medieval Bruges and Antwerp, where the 16th century Grote Markt is located. to the famous Brabo fountain and the largest Gothic cathedral in Belgium. Back in the Netherlands, guests have the opportunity to admire works by Dutch masters such as Aelbert Cuyp and Ferdinand Bol at the Dordrechts Museum before exploring Amsterdam, where the cruise ends.
Spirit of the Rhine left Arnhem after the christening ceremony en route to Amsterdam for her first post-christening cruise, which departs March 23. The seven-night cruise for solo travelers begins with a full-day excursion to Keukenhof Gardens, one of the largest and most revered botanical gardens on the planet. There is also an included trip to The Hague, home to a host of important and historic buildings, and a cruise to the Kinderdijk windmills as well as a stop in Arnhem with an optional visit to learn more about the operation Market Garden, a key moment in World War II. From there, the cruise visits pretty Enkhuizen and Hoorn on its way back to Amsterdam.
Both vessels build on Saga’s boutique design philosophy for its ocean-going vessels, The spirit of adventure and spirit of discoveryand will provide a luxury cruising experience for guests on Europe’s famous waterways.
The Spirit of the Danube the planned introduction of the Saga fleet was announced in February 2021 and it has since been under construction at the Vahali shipyards in Serbia and the Netherlands.
With designs inspired by the nature and culture found along iconic waterways, both vessels were built with guests at the heart of their design. Each ship has four passenger decks and 91 guest cabins, accommodating up to 182 guests and up to 50 crew members. Each ship also has the first-class Saga facilities that guests have come to expect, with en-suite bathrooms and walk-in showers. Two types of cabins are available on both ships. All have a sleek and sophisticated design with Spirit of the Rhine reminiscent of the great ocean-going ships of Saga and The Spirit of the Danube based on an Art Nouveau and Danube Delta theme, with elements such as migratory birds used throughout the ship.
Last week, Spirit of the Danube was one of the first vessels to earn a Green Award ‘Gold’ rating thanks to integrated technology that will significantly reduce emissions.
Full fact sheet about ships can be found here: Saga River Cruise Ships – Spirit of the Rhine and The Spirit of the Danube
Pictures are available on the Saga Newsroom. Video is also available: Spirit of the Rhine and Spirit of the Danube Naming Ceremony – YouTube
March 21, 2022
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