Saga’s new ship Spirit of Adventure has arrived in the UK after being handed over by German shipbuilder Meyer Werft at the end of last month.

The 554 all-balcony cabin ship will join sister ship Spirit of Discovery in Tilbury before its inaugural cruise to the Canary Islands on February 5.

Nigel Blanks, managing director of Saga Cruises, said: “We are absolutely thrilled Spirit of Adventure has arrived in the UK to join her sister, Spirit of Discovery, in Tilbury.

“Over the past two years, we have focused on creating a boutique cruising experience for our guests that is not available elsewhere on the market. With Spirit of Adventure joining our fleet, we now have more choice for our guests with two unique ships that will help make unforgettable memories for those who join us onboard.

“We cannot wait for her to welcome her first guests next year to see everything she has to offer.”

He added: “The health and wellbeing of guests and crew is Saga’s number one priority and over the past few months, the team has worked to put in place detailed new procedures for a return to cruising in a Covid world.

“These include reduced capacity, pre-departure testing both at home and before boarding, increased medical staff and facilities and enhancements to our state-of-the-art air conditioning, which already provides 100% fresh air throughout our ships.”