Spirit of the Rhine and Spirit of the Danube side-by-side (Source: Saga)

Saga to expand its river cruise fleet

British cruise and tourism group, Saga, has announced expansion of its river cruise business with four new inland waterways passenger ships to be built for operation on four rivers. The news, which was announced with Saga’s annual results, is part of the group’s wider strategic growth plan.

No yard was named for the work, but the first two vessels in the series of 182-passenger capacity and 135m length were built by Serbian yard Vahali. The two ships built by Vahali, the Spirit of the Rhine and Spirit of the Danube, recently had a joint official naming ceremony in Arnhem in the Netherlands.

The four new ships will be called Spirit of the Moselle, Spirit of the Main, Spirit of the Elbe and Spirit of the Rhone, and will operate across each river in their names. The first ship is due to enter service in May 2023 with the others following each year following.

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