Saga’s brand-new river cruise ship ‘Spirit of the Rhine’ departs on inaugural cruise

Spirit of The Rhine (Rendering, courtesy Saga)Saga’s brand-new river cruise ship, ‘Spirit of the Rhine’, has today departed on its inaugural 13-night cruise from Trier and will take in the beautiful Moselle valley and Roman wine towns along the way such as Bernkastel, Traben-Trarbach and Piesport.

Guests will have ample opportunity to taste the local grape as the vineyards bring in the local harvest, and will be joined by wine expert Oz Clarke on the tour.

With a design inspired by the culture and nature found along the Rhine, guests will have access to a range of first-class facilities onboard the ship including a panoramic lounge and bar, an inviting library, fitness area, an expansive sun deck with a hot tub and alfresco barbecue and two restaurants.

Commenting on the inaugural cruise, CEO of Saga Holidays, Chris Simmonds, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming our brand-new river cruiser, ‘Spirit of the Rhine’ to the fleet. Everything about the ship has been designed with our customers in mind giving them the option to do as much or as little as they like while on-board thanks to the wide range of facilities.

“And when they step ashore, we’ve carefully curated our itineraries to show them the best of the region with a range of unique experiences. Our cruises also come with a free VIP door-to-door travel service, travel insurance, meals and drinks, complimentary Wi-Fi and a range of excursions all included in the price.”

The ship has a maximum capacity of 190 guests who are served by 40 officers and crew. The 95 cabins are spread over four passenger decks and the ship’s bespoke design means the ship will be one of the quietest and most environmentally friendly ships operating on the Rhine.

Future cruises onboard Spirit of the Rhine include:

● A seven-night castles and vineyards of the Rhine cruise from Switzerland into Germany and Breisach departs on Spirit of the Rhine on selected dates between October 2021 and October 2022. Prices start from £1,099pp.

● The Beautiful Rhine and Main cruise departs on 8 November 2021 and over seven nights travels from Frankfurt to Aschaffenburg, Mainz, Strasbourg, Rüdesheim, Boppard and Andernach before finishing in Amsterdam. Prices start from £1,049pp.

The Spirit of the Rhine will be joined by sister ship the Spirit of the Danube next year. Designed as a sister ship, the Spirit of the Danube will mirror much of the design of the Spirit of the Rhine, with a design inspired by the sights of the Danube. The ship celebrated its keel laying ceremony this year.