Saga Cruises newbuild cabin renderingSaga Cruises has ordered a new ship for 2019 delivery from Meyer Werft. The surprising order comes from a company that has always sailed second-hand tonnage. Saga promises the ship to be under 1,000 passengers.

The 55,900-ton vessel will be approx. 234 meters long, 30.8 meters wide and with a planned completion date of summer 2019. There is an option for a second ship for delivery in summer of 2021.

"Carrying less than 1000 passengers, it will retain the intimacy and personal service for which we are renowned. There will also be single-sitting dining in a choice of speciality restaurants, a selection of bars, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, fabulous library, signature Britannia Lounge and much more – all with a fresh and contemporary twist on the traditions of classic Saga cruising," said the cruise line.

"The cabins are going to be a real showcase – spacious and modern, the ship’s design also means every one will have a balcony. In addition, around 15% of the accommodation will be just for solo travellers, with a choice of single cabin grades."