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latest-cruise-limited-time-offersThe experts in classic, small-ship cruising, Saga offer a refined and elegant way to sail, with so much more included than most other cruise lines. Every cruise begins with a chauffeur driving you to the ship, departing from either Dover or Southampton to a host of inspiring destinations from Norway and the Baltic to the Canary Islands, Mediterranean, Canada and the Caribbean.

Do you enjoy the timeless traditions of cruising? Then a journey aboard contemporary Saga Sapphire or yacht-like Saga Pearl II is perfect for you. Both small ships offer first-class service, fine dining and sparkling entertainment.

Enjoy a warm welcome aboard and enjoy elegant and comfortable surroundings, excellent facilities, a well-planned itinerary, delicious cuisine and service that’s truly exceptional.

Better still, every cruise is backed by Saga’s award-winning value for money, with all this included as standard…

  • Return chauffeur service to Dover or Southampton up to 250 miles each way
  • Or choose included port parking, coach or rail travel
  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights
  • All meals, snacks and afternoon tea
  • Speciality dining
  • Wine with lunch and dinner
  • All on-board gratuities
  • Traditional waiter service afternoon tea, daily
  • Free Wi-Fi in selected areas
  • Entertainment and activities
  • Free shuttle buses in most ports of call
  • Unlimited luggage allowance
  • Porterage, and so much more.

The Basics

Launched two decades ago to cater for guests aged 50 and over, Saga Cruises offer all the luxuries of classic cruising, but with a contemporary twist.

Saga Sapphire holds a maximum of 720 guests, and Saga Pearl no more than 449. These smaller sizes offer the chance to call at more unusual ports and out-of-the-way harbours that the larger vessels have to sail past.

The ships’ smaller size also means a more welcoming cruise experience, and with a high 2:3 ratio of crew to passengers, service is first class every step of the way. All cruises begin and end in Dover or Southampton, and a chauffeur to the port is included as standard, for the ultimate in convenience.

Itineraries are varied and include great-value mini cruises to the Continent, week-long cruises to the fjords of Norway, and two-week adventures to the Baltic. Other favourites are island-hopping itineraries around the Canary Islands and Mediterranean, and longer voyages across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Canada and Central America.

With so much included upfront, from tips and bar service charges, wine at mealtimes, unlimited tea, coffee and fruit juices, to on-board activities, daily newspapers and free bottled water on excursions, the onus is very much on relaxing and enjoying yourself on board – with no hard sell or pressure to spend more during your cruise. In fact, apart from excursions and drinks from the bar, there’s no need to spend anything at all. This makes budgeting a breeze.

There are a host of quirky and welcome touches to Saga’s ships and itineraries. This includes a free-to-dine Asian fusion restaurant on Saga Sapphire, an alfresco Beach Club, plus unusual cruises such as visits to the North Cape, Gulf of Bothnia, and even non-stop sailing around the British Isles.

We like

The chance to enjoy classic traditions of cruising such as daily afternoon tea and dinner served in one leisurely sitting. Plus, with a high proportion of dedicated single cabins and a host of included single traveller activities, the ships are a great choice for those cruising solo.

What you should know

Unlike some other lines, Saga put their last-minute prices first, with discounts of up to 35% off full fares passed on to early bookers. Those who wait until nearer the sailing date run the risk of paying more, as the discounts reduce over time. Their Price Promise also guarantees early bookers never miss out.

May we suggest

Looking at their summertime programme of Baltic cruises. All include at least one or two nights moored in St Petersburg and a tourist visa, so you can enjoy going ashore in the evenings to the ballet and opera.

Recommended for

Young at heart travellers who are looking to relax or explore varied destinations, who would rather swap glitzy nightclubs and casinos for refined entertainment, excellent cuisine and service, dressing up for the occasional formal night and enjoying the classic traditions of life at sea – with a few modern twists.

Ships

Saga Sapphire

Elegant, timeless, relaxing… Saga Sapphire is all these things, but with a few little surprises too. Imagine teeing off before afternoon tea – in the ship’s very own crazy golf course – before relaxing in the quirky Beach Club en route to another incredible destination. And with no more than 720 passengers on board, she offers an intimate and welcoming way to cruise.

Atmosphere

The line’s biggest ship has a big personality to match, updating the classic cruise experience with more dining options, bold and quirky décor, large cabins and free Wi-Fi.

Upon arrival at Dover or Southampton, all guests are warmly welcomed on board, with the crew lined up in the entrance hall. This is the start of getting to know everyone on board – Saga’s crew are well known for remembering names and favourite drinks from the bar. While their luggage is taken to the cabin, guests can settle in to the relaxed way of life on board, and will soon be invited to the sailaway party with free drinks. Then the small-ship adventure really begins!

Dining

Saga use the smaller size of Saga Sapphire to the ultimate advantage – delivering a more boutique dining experience to all guests, where the chefs are in control and bring the flavours of the destinations to the table.

This means they can nip ashore in the morning, to the La Boqueria market in Barcelona for example, and then create a dish to serve for dinner using a local speciality.

The ship offers five ways to dine: in the main Pole to Pole restaurant, the Verandah with tables inside and out, lunch at the informal Beach Club, or from an exclusive room service menu – the perfect choice for couples with Suites or balconies.

In addition, there is also a free-to-dine Asian speciality restaurant (East to West) which offers a taste of the Orient for 64 guests each dinnertime.

Saga follows an ‘open seating’ approach in all venues, where guests can enjoy socialising and meeting new guests, sitting on a different table each night. If preferred, fixed tables can be requested for dinner with the Maître d’.

Afternoon tea is one of the timeless classic cruise traditions, and is also included every day – a spread of beautifully-crafted cakes and savoury snacks, served with a choice of teas and coffee.

Cabins

Cabins on Saga Sapphire are remarkably spacious – at an average size of 220 square feet they’re some of the biggest standard accommodation at sea. There are a variety of superior cabins and Suites, complete with butler service, plus 44 cabins that are specially for single travellers, perfect if you’re planning on cruising on your own.

All are private havens that are the perfect place to relax after a busy day’s sightseeing. 24-hour room service, fruit and water, flat screen TV and DVD and exclusive toiletries are just some of the home comforts included for all guests.

Fitness and relaxation

Designed for pure pampering, the ship’s Aqua Spa offers a varied menu of tempting treatments, all using premium essential oils and natural ingredients from top brands Decléor and Carita. This includes facials, massages, manicures, hairdressing, tailored wellbeing programmes and special treatments just for gentlemen.

Free-to-use facilities include the indoor and outdoor pools, gymnasium, sauna, steam room, and a range of classes such as keep fit, yoga, Pilates, dancing, plus the daily ‘walk a mile’ around the deck.

Other ship facilities

Saga Sapphire boasts a range of quirky features, such as a comedy-themed bar called Cooper’s, a panoramic Drawing Room, learning Academy and crazy golf course.

The Beach Club on Deck 11 offers a taste of the British seaside – wherever you happen to be in the world! With beach huts serving ice cream and traditional sweets, a mini fish and chips shop, plus blue-and-white striped deck chairs surrounding the outdoor pool, it’s a great spot to relax.

You will also find the Aviators’ Bar, three shops, a photo gallery, games room, card room, library and medical centre. Wi-Fi is free of charge in selected areas throughout the ship. There are four passenger lifts to all floors. The ship was last refurbished in 2016.

Activities

A Daily Programme is delivered each evening, detailing the full range of on-board activities available the following day, and it’s fairly extensive! A day at sea could include talks from expert lecturers, quizzes, cocktail parties, sports, fitness

classes, painting, photography and craft classes, jewellery making, computer lessons, deck games, bridge, whist and more – but guests are left completely free to choose how much they want to do.

Entertainment

Evening entertainment in the Britannia Lounge is a mix of in-house productions from the ship’s resident theatre company, along with specially-invited entertainers, celebrity guests, singers, comedians, magicians, dancers and more. The Drawing Room offers alternative entertainment most nights, including lively jazz performances, classical recitals and a resident pianist.

When mooring overnight in port, Saga will often arrange optional evening excursions ashore, for more entertainment options. This includes nights at the ballet and opera in St Petersburg, or exclusive vineyard tours in Venice.

There is also a new film screened in the small cinema each day, a mix of brand new releases and classics, which are also available to watch in the comfort of the cabin on Saga’s free movie channel. All cabins also have flat-screen TVs and DVD players, plus a free-to-borrow library of DVDs.

Saga Pearl II

The smaller of the line’s two ships, Saga Pearl II offers an informal and enjoyable way to cruise, effortlessly taking you to a host of destinations. With no more than 449 passengers on board, the atmosphere is relaxed and sociable, and despite being small, she still manages to pack in a surprising array of features.

Atmosphere

Saga Pearl II’s smaller, sleek, yacht-like ambience makes for an especially welcoming cruise experience. Looking every inch like a ‘real’ ship, she has plenty of outside space, teak decks and a classic funnel. Designed with flair throughout, her interior décor reflects the nautical nature of the ship.

Upon arrival at Dover or Southampton, all guests are warmly welcomed on board, with the crew lined up in the entrance hall. This is the start of getting to know everyone on board – Saga’s crew are well known for remembering names and favourite drinks from the bar. While their luggage is taken to the cabin, guests can settle in to the relaxed way of life on board, and will soon be invited to the sailaway party with free drinks. Then the small-ship adventure really begins!

Dining

Fine cuisine is a big part of the Saga cruise experience. The Executive Chef is given free reign to create the menus and shape the dining experience to reflect the areas visited on the itinerary. This means rather they can head ashore in the mornings to buy fresh, local ingredients, which are served just hours later for dinner.

The ship offers four dining options: the main Dining Room, Verandah, 24-hour room service or the Chart and Ward Rooms. The latter offer a private dining room experience, where guests can dine with the Captain or Senior Officers, ordering from an exclusive menu in the company of just 12 other guests.

Saga follows an ‘open seating’ approach in all venues, where guests can enjoy socialising and meeting new guests, sitting on a different table each night. If preferred, fixed tables can be requested for dinner with the Maître d’.

Afternoon tea is one of the timeless classic cruise traditions, and is also included every day – a spread of beautifully-crafted cakes and savoury snacks, served with a choice of teas and coffee.

Cabins

Saga Pearl II may be a smaller ship, but that doesn’t mean there’s a compromise on personal space – and it’s surprising just how light, bright and well designed the cabins are.

There is a great selection of inside and outside grades, Superior rooms and accommodation especially for solo travellers – these are limited, so they tend to sell out fast. There’s also a selection of spacious Suites complete with butler service.

Fitness and relaxation

Designed for pure pampering, the ship’s Spa offers a varied menu of tempting treatments, all using premium essential oils and natural ingredients from top brands Decléor and Carita. This includes facials, massages, manicures, hairdressing, tailored wellbeing programmes and special treatments just for gentlemen.

Free-to-use facilities include the indoor and outdoor pools, gymnasium, sauna, and a range of classes such as keep fit, yoga, Pilates, dancing, plus the daily ‘walk a mile’ around the deck.

Other ship facilities

At the heart of the ship is a glorious library, lined with picture windows and stocked with over 3000 books, which is also a fantastic space to relax. Wi-Fi is free to use in selected areas. A new Sun Deck at the top of the ship is perfect for relaxing alfresco in good weather. The ship also has the Sundowners Bar, outside deck and barbecue area, a shop, card room, briefing room and medical centre. There are three passenger lifts to all floors. Saga Pearl II was last refurbished in 2015.

Activities

A Daily Programme is delivered each evening, detailing the full range of on-board activities available the following day, and it’s fairly extensive! A day at sea could include talks from expert lecturers, quizzes, cocktail parties, sports, fitness classes, painting, photography and craft classes, jewellery making, computer lessons, deck games, bridge, whist and more – but guests are left completely free to choose how much they want to do.

Entertainment

Evening entertainment in the Discovery Lounge is a mix of in-house productions from the ship’s resident theatre company, along with specially-invited entertainers, celebrity guests, singers, comedians, magicians, dancers and more. Every cruise also sails with a classical ensemble to enhance afternoon tea, days at sea and as a gentler alternative to the main entertainment programme. There is a resident pianist playing most evenings in the main bar, Shackleton’s.

There are also films screened in the small cinema each day, a mix of brand new releases and classics, which are also available to watch in the comfort of the cabin on Saga’s free movie channel. All cabins also have flat-screen TVs and DVD players, plus a free-to-borrow library of DVDs.

 

Saga Cruises Cruise Fleet

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Celtic Charms

Departs Dover England
6 June 2017 for 12 Nights
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  • Cobh (Cork), Ireland
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A Mediterranean Trio

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12 June 2017 for 18 Nights
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Saga Cruises 18th June 2017 15 nights on Saga Sapphire

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18 June 2017 for 15 Nights
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Saga Cruises 3rd July 2017 4 nights on Saga Sapphire

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3 July 2017 for 4 Nights
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Magic of the Fjords

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7 July 2017 for 8 Nights
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  • Bergen, Norway |
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Tall Ships in the Baltic

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15 July 2017 for 16 Nights
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  • Gothenburg, Sweden
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The Best of British

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16 July 2017 for 12 Nights
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Summertime in the Fjords

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28 July 2017 for 7 Nights
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Highland Fling

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31 July 2017 for 12 Nights
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White Nights of the Baltic

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4 August 2017 for 16 Nights
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A French Interlude

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12 August 2017 for 5 Nights
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Fabulous Fjords

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17 August 2017 for 7 Nights
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