Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany last week floated out cruise ship Spirit of Adventure (IMO 9818084), which is being built for Saga Cruises of the UK. The float out proceeded as planned, despite the announcement earlier in the week that many of the shipyard’s employees had begun an extended six-week summer holiday that would run through to the end of August.
The Spirit of Adventure could be the last mid-sized cruise ship that Meyer delivers for some time. Its remaining order book consists mainly of large cruise ships. Few if any new cruise ship orders are expected for the next couple of years at least as the industry works through the wide-ranging impact of Covid-19.
The Spirit of Adventure was scheduled to undergo a series of tests before being secured to the yard’s equipment pier later in the day.
Construction had begun in March 2019 when the first steel was cut and assembly began in June 2019 when the first keel block was lowered into the dry dock. Final fitting-out will now take place at the dock before the ship is taken on the Ems River to the port of Emden. It will undergo final sea trials in the North Sea in September and will be delivered shortly after that.
The ship had been scheduled to be named formally at ceremony in Portsmouth, UK on August 19th. Its 17-night inaugural cruise from Dover to the Baltic had been planned for August 21st 2020. However, construction has fallen to about three months behind schedule because of Covid-19. Saga Cruises recently announced that the first voyage has been rescheduled for November 5th, from Southampton, for a 10-night trip to the Mediterranean.
2020-built, UK-flagged, 58,250 gt Spirit of Adventure is owned by Saga Cruises V Ltd care of manager V Ships Leisure SAM of Monaco. It is entered with West of England Club (Eastern Claims Team) on behalf of Saga Cruises Ltd.