Saga cruise ship idling in sea off Margate

Spirit of Discovery Photo Frank Leppard

Saga cruise ship Spirit of Discovery can be seen today laying off in the water at Margate.

The  58,250 gross tonnage ship was  built by Meyer Werft, and delivered on 24 June 2019.

Spirit of Discovery cruise ship deck plans show 540 staterooms (for a maximum 999 passengers), 10 decks (6 with cabins), 4 restaurants, several bars and lounges (indoor and outdoor), wellness complex (Fitness, Spa, Hydrotherapy Pool, 5 treatment rooms, 2 Saunas, Steam Room, Beauty Salon, Sports Court), Boutique Shop, Library, Lobby area (Reception, Tour Desk), 2 swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), Promenade Deck (wraparound), Sun Deck (with comfortable seating, outdoor gym equipment), laundrettes (on all cabin decks).

Photo Frank Leppard

It began operations on 10 July 2019 and was Saga’s first new-build ship. She became Saga’s largest ship to operate in its history.

Saga Cruises has been forced to change two UK voyages on Spirit of Discovery following Scotland’s decision to ban passenger ships from visiting Scottish ports.

The Government decision was taken over “the unknowns around the Delta variant” risk.

Our thanks to Margate photographer Frank Leppard for catching these images.


  1. The cruise ship was laid up in Tilbury, covid19 reasons now its been down to Dover to collect staff and its having sea trials with staff training.
    Getting ready for sea staycation cruises, lovely ship and never a saga at all.

  2. Saw the ship this morning, the huge plumes of smoke it was giving out wasn’t very appealing to look at.

    • A grey plume of polluted air can be seen most days stretching across the horizon. Just another example of shamefully irresponsible environmental abuse.

  3. Great footage once again and thanks for the update on what the crew have been getting up to. Safe sailing and keep well to you all.

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