Saga Cruises is returning to the US after an absence of at least eight years.

Strict US regulations for visiting cruiseships, including security, meant retrofitting its older vessels became onerous.

But the US Coast Guard has been heavily involved in ensuring Saga’s two newbuildings are compliant, and the Spirit of Discovery’s itinerary includes a 35-night New York and Caribbean cruise in December costing from £6,889.

The ship's maiden cruise from Dover on 10 July is cheaper, with 13 nights around the British Isles from £3,999.