PortandTerminal.com, July 26, 2020
HAMBURG, GERMANY – Despite the cruise industry being close to collapse, cruise ships are still being built – construction projects that began before the pandemic are still at various stages of completion.
Last Friday, a new cruise ship called Spirit of Adventure was floated out of the construction hall at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The vessel will eventually join the fleet of British cruise line Saga Cruises.
This is the second ship that Meyer Werft has built for Saga Cruises, with the Spirit of Discovery delivered in 2019. Each ship is smaller at 58k gross ton, holding 999 pax- and is designed to appeal to the over 50 crowd.
Saga Cruises is hoping that their new ship will begin cruising in November 2020 (unlikely to happen) but that depends on advice from the UK Foreign office, new health measures to keep everyone safe, and travel restrictions across many countries.
This latest float-out will be the last for the Meyer Werft shipyard for the next while. The company announced last week that it was pausing operations for six weeks due to a lack of orders resulting from the turmoil in the cruise industry right now.
The 225-year-old shipyard, which is known for the construction of luxury cruise ships, hopes to receive aid from the Government of Lower Saxony state and the Government of Germany.
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