Saga Cruises first newbuild has been delivered.

That’s their first newbuild, ever! The British line has line has always used second or thirdhand tonnage from British or German lines. While this 38,350gt newbuild won’t be setting records in any size category, she does feature several innovative features. She will be utilizing podded propulsion but instead of the normal ABB Azipods, she will use the German Siemens SISHIP eSiPOD-M.

She will be registered in the UK and have London as her port of registry. Something unheard of nowadays.

She will be named in Dover, UK on July 5.

This will be an incredibly busy year for German yard Meyer Werft. They delivered the Spectrum of the Seas at the very start of the year, then the Spirit of Discovery this summer. Now they are on schedule to deliver the Norwegian Encore at the very end of the year.