Saga Cruises and Meyer Werft agree on first new build

The new Saga's cruise vessel (Artist impression, courtesy Saga / Meyer Werft)Saga Cruises (UK) and Meyer Werft have signed a memorandum of agreement for the delivery of a new cruise vessel in summer 2019 and the option to order a second for delivery in 2021.

Bernard Meyer, Managing Partner of Meyer Werft, stated: “We are very happy and proud to deliver the first new build for this British cruise line”.

Currently operating two vessels and with a long-standing tradition, the cruise line is very successful in its market segment.
With this project Meyer Werft’s building dock I, which is presently used for block construction, will be reactivated. Therefore in 2019 three new cruise ships will be delivered to clients instead of the currently planned two ships. This agreement for the delivery of one ship to Saga Cruises will also bring more employment to the region.

The 55,900 GT vessel will be approx. 234 metres long, 30.8 metres wide and with a planned completion date of summer 2019.

Meyer Werft has been in contact with this cruise line for many years and an agreement has now been reached for the first new build of this long standing shipping company following intense negotiations and with the decision to reactivate building dock I. Saga specialises in services for people over the age of 50. In addition to cruises and holidays Saga also provide insurance, health services and financial services.

Robin Shaw Chief Executive of Saga Cruises, said: “This is an important milestone in the future of Saga Cruises. We are happy to develop this vessel, tailored to our individual needs, and we’re delighted to be working with Meyer Werft a recognised leader in cruise ship construction “.

(Meyer Werft) (Saga)