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Saga Cruises offers sneak preview of new cruise liner

SagaSapphireHoliday cruise operator Saga Cruises has issued images and blueprints for its new cruise ship. The vessel has been given the working title of Project Olympic and will weigh in at 55,900 tons and be able to accommodate 999 passengers.

It will be built with a total of 540 cabins of which 81 will be specifically designed for single occupancy. All cabins will come with balconies while key onboard facilities are set to include outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a spa, a beauty salon, a dining hall and speciality eateries, and a library.

Germany’s Meyer-Werft shipyard is building the vessel. The shipyard is noted for its quality craftsmanship and incorporating innovative features. Project Olympic is Saga’s debut new-build ship. Cruise schedules are due out in September and the liner will make its maiden passenger voyage about 18 months later.

Saga Cruises boss Robin Shaw unveiled Project Olympic at the Wave Awards at London’s Royal Garden Hotel last Thursday. Project manager David Pickett posted up a bulletin on Saga’s website and stated Saga and Meyer Werft were collaborating with SMC Design on the design.

He carried on by saying the team would ensure the vessel was premium quality and fitted with a full complement of amenities and cutting-edge features. SMC director Andy Yuill explained that the Saga ship would surprise and was being designed and built with the needs of passengers at the forefront.

Saga Cruises is the cruise arm of British over-50s holiday specialists the Saga Group. Saga Cruises currently has a fleet of two vessels which both date from the early 1980s. Cruise industry analysts say when Project Olympic is christened and deployed she will likely replace one of the current fleet.

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