Saga Cruises has marked the keel-laying of its first new luxurious boutique river ship, Spirit of the Rhine, with a ceremony on the Vahali shipyard in Serbia.
The ceremony was attended by Robert Goodwin, Saga director of product and buying, Andrew Iwasyszyn, head of product and buying for Saga River Cruising, Vahali proprietor Vincent Bekker, and Johan Rijfers of the ship’s Dutch homeowners, Rijfers River Cruises.
Additionally readily available was visitor of honour Gilles Beschoor Plug, the Netherlands ambassador to Serbia.
Within the shipyard’s manufacturing corridor, the visitors watched a crane decrease the primary a part of the keel onto a ‘fortunate’ coin.
Spirit of the Rhine can have a capability of 190 passengers, in cabins 17 metres sq. – the biggest on any ship chartered by the British firm, which provides holidays to visitors aged over 50.
The Rhine and Dutch waterways will characteristic recurrently in Spirit of the Rhine’s inaugural season, which can start with a six-night voyage on March 23rd, 2021.
Saga Journey chief govt, Robin Shaw, stated: “That is one other historic landmark in Saga Cruises’ historical past – our first new-build river ship which can echo the posh styling of our new ocean ships Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Journey.
“Saga has chartered river ships for a few years, so we’re thrilled to take one other large step to construct a river ship to our personal specs to switch Saga Cruises’ famend high quality of service, lodging and delicacies throughout to river vessels.”