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Introduction To Saga Cruises: High Quality, Small-Ship Cruising At Its Finest

Introduction To Saga Cruises: High Quality, Small-Ship Cruising At Its Finest

Welcome to Saga Cruises, the first-class cruising exclusively for over 50’s. The ‘holiday of a lifetime’ feeling follows every guest around every sailing with Saga, making the experience impossible to forget.

With a 2:3 crew to passenger ratio, you’ll receive the warmest welcome onboard along with pure attention to detail throughout your whole cruise.

You’ll face a simply perfect combination of luxury, convenience, variety and relaxation as you explore destinations around the world you’ve always wanted to visit by ocean or river. Plus, Saga thrives off their ability to take you to lesser-known ports and out-of-the-way harbours with its smaller sized ocean vessels.

What Makes Saga Different?

Coronavirus cancellation cover included – Saga Cruises now include coronavirus cancellation cover, as well as optional insurance as standard or a price reduction if you don’t need it.

No Fly Cruises – All Saga Cruises depart from UK ports of Dover or Southampton, with no flying required.

All-inclusive drinks – Enjoy complimentary wines, beers, house-brand spirits, cocktails and soft drinks at no extra cost.

Included excursions – All cruises from April 2021 also include sightseeing excursions in the price at selected ports.

Door-to-door chauffeur – They’ll pick you up from home and drive you to the port, included up to 250 miles each way.

Small-ship luxury – Their boutique sister ships are the newest on the ocean and carry no more than 999 guests.

Little extras – From free Wi-Fi to included porterage, 24-hour room service to afternoon tea

Your own balcony – All cabins have a balcony as standard on both Spirit of Adventure and Spirit of Discovery

Meet The Ocean Fleet

Spirit of Discovery

Spirit of Discovery launched in 2019 and is Saga’s first-ever purpose-built ship where every guest has their own private balcony! She has a boutique hotel feel and being a smaller ship, you’ll really get to experience the high levels of service Saga has to offer. Not only that, all your fine dining experiences are included in the price so make sure you treat yourself whilst onboard. 

Fast facts

Gross Registered Tonnage: 58,250

Guest Capacity: 999

Ship Crew: 505

Overall Length: 774.3ft

Max Beam: 102.4ft

Year Built: 2019

Dining venues

The Grand Dining Room – The ship’s main dining room offering British and International cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Grill –  A more casual dining setting offering the same food as The Grand Dining Room plus a breakfast buffet and a bespoke lunch menu. 

The Club By Jools Holland – An elegant steakhouse offering classic steaks from fillet and t-bone to ribeye, plus more unusual cuts such as tomahawk steaks.

East to West – Exclusively offering a dinner-only service, enjoy Eastern cuisine from classic favourites to more contemporary dishes. 

Coast to Coast – Tuck into British or locally sourced seafood with a modern twist.

Bar venues

The Club By Jools Holland – Music legend, Jools Holland is the patron of this 1950s style cabaret club where you can enjoy a cocktail and some live music. 

Britannia Lounge – This double-height venue is Saga’s signature bar which features a fully-glazed observation lounge for you to enjoy the views.

The Living Room – This is the perfect place to grab a coffee and pastry during the day and enjoy a drink and some light entertainment at night.

The South Cape Bar – Spirit of Discovery’s main bar offers a wide range of wine and beer as well as fine whiskies and an extensive list of gins to choose from.

Entertainment venues

The Playhouse – Saga’s first-ever theatre at sea showcasing West-End style shows, classical music performances, plays and revues.

The Club – Enjoy a 1950’s style cabaret with resident musicians playing until late

The Library – After a busy day, spend enjoy some peace and quiet in The Library enjoying one of the many books on offer

Craft Room – If you’re looking to escape, why not try the crafts room where you can join a class and learn a new skill such as jewellery making or papercraft? 

The Card Room – Join friends in The Card Room for a game of bridge or take part in an organised lesson or tournament. 

Wellness venues

The Spa – Relax and unwind in the onboard spa which includes six treatment rooms for you to really pamper yourself. 

The Salon – Treat yourself to a wide range of beauty treatments from hairdressing, manicures and pedicures, eyebrow and eyelash tinting as well as waxing. 

The Fitness Centre – A cutting edge gymnasium with a wide variety of exercise machines and classes such as yoga and pilates.

Spirit of Adventure

Launching 5th February 2021, Spirit of Adventure is Saga’s newest ship to enter the fleet. While she shares some similarities with her sister ship, Spirit of Discovery, she is unique in her own right with distinctive design features and characteristics.

She’ll bring that luxury boutique hotel feel to your cruise as well as a private balcony for every guest. Onboard you’ll also find a number of pieces of art including oil paintings, digital illustrations and hand-cast bronze sculptures from over 40 different artists. 

With Spirit of Adventure just launching, there are still details of the ship yet to be revealed, but here’s what we know so far…

Fast facts

Gross Registered Tonnage: 58, 250

Guest Capacity: 999

Ship Crew: 517

Overall Length: 774.3ft

Max Beam: 102.4ft

Year Built: 2020

Dining 

Khukuri House – The world’s first Nepalese restaurant at sea.Genuine tandoor ovens mean their chefs can create curried meat, fish and vegetable dishes along with authentic Nepalese flatbreads.

Amalfi –  Spirit of Adventure’s second specialty restaurant serving high-end Italian cuisine. Enjoy a selection of mediterranean dishes as well as daily specials including locally sourced fish and meat purchased in port that day. 

Supper Club – Combining International cuisine with a live entertainment venue. Expect relaxed dining throughout the evening, including live music.

Bars

Britannia Lounge – This double-height venue is Saga’s signature bar which features a fully-glazed observation lounge for you to enjoy the views.

The Living Room – This is the perfect place to grab a coffee and pastry during the day and enjoy a drink and some light entertainment at night.

Entertainment venues

The Playhouse – Saga’s first-ever theatre at sea showcasing West-End style shows, classical music performances, plays and revues.

Entertainment On-Board

The atmosphere is something seriously important for Saga and they know the ship should be sparkling for you come nighttime.

Entertainment onboard will dazzle guests with the promise for some real individuality: from celebrity guests to singers, from bands to the ship’s own production company.

You’ll find a main show lounge on every Saga ship where a huge variety of entertainment is available day and night which includes classical recitals, guest speakers, cabaret shows and live bands.

Dining Experience

One more thing that Saga values is variety, and it doesn’t stop at dining. Not to mention, your food will go from the market to your table in mere hours.

From world-class dishes of meat and fish to fine wines and irresistible desserts, Saga’s chefs are free to rein to shop, plan and prepare their own menus.

Saga is proud to only offer venues that are included in your price. No matter how extra special one eatery may seem from the other, there will be no surprise fees or unnecessary charges!

You’ll feel utterly flexible onboard the fleet with the option to reserve the same table throughout your whole cruise or even opt for open dining if that suits you better.

Don’t forget you can choose from afternoon teas, late-night buffets and private dining in your cabin too. Saga is as flexible as you need for whatever mood you’re in.

Dress Codes

Nothing will be forced upon you onboard Saga, and that includes and strict dress code regulations. However, dressing up can really be part of the fun on your cruise so feel free to bring your finest wardrobe choices for the evenings!

You can generally expect one or two formal nights for every seven-night cruises so a glamorous long dress, tuxedo and bow tie go hand in hand with Saga’s elegant champagne dinners.

Although if formalwear isn’t your forte, know that a dark suit or dress will suit the night just fine. After all, your comfort comes first onboard Saga!

Casual and informal wear is just standard across the fleet, particularly in the daytime where your ultimate goal is relaxing and exploring.

Staff and Gratuities

One more thing that you absolutely do not have to worry about is the price of gratuities onboard Saga as they’re included. Their focus is your convenience and ease from the point of booking your cruise to the point you arrive home, and isn’t it just so much easier when everything is already taken care of?

Is There a Typical Saga Passenger?

Saga ideally suits those who appreciate small-ship cruising with its intimacy and constant connection with the ocean and the river you are sailing through.

Its award-winning style comes down to first-class service, fine dining, top entertainment, opulent destinations and that ‘holiday of a lifetime’ feeling so many cruisers hope for when they book their perfect sailing.

A typical Saga traveller loves the whole package- one which starts not when you step onboard but one which starts from home.

The line’s chauffeur service removes any hassle, free-of-charge with the guarantee yourself and your bags will be taken care of and will arrive safe and sound at port and all the way to your cabin.

Meet The River Fleet

Amadeus Royal – Douro Queen – Johannes Brahms – Regina Rheni II – Rex Rheni – Amadeus Provence – Dutch Melody – MS Asara – MS Carmen

River ships will absolutely not limit where you can travel to with Saga; you’ll be taking in the world’s very best waterways.

Experience the surprisingly wonderful Danube, the charming Dutch and Belgian waterways, the historically splendid Elbe, the unique and vivid French waterways, the hidden gem that is the river Oder and so much more.

Spirit of the Rhine

Inspired by Saga’s award-winning ocean cruises and launching in the Spring of 2021, Spirit of the Rhine brings their boutique cruise experience to the riverways of Europe. 

This new luxury ship is exclusively for Saga guests, and offers a wealth of exciting features, all backed by premium value for money. 

Every feature of Spirit of the Rhine has been individually designed for Saga guests. This includes a panoramic lounge and bar, an inviting library, fitness area, and an expansive, shaded sun deck with a hot tub and alfresco barbecue. All with levels of service that are second to none.

Dining

Chef-prepared cuisine is waiter-served in the main restaurant, offering a tempting choice at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, dine free of charge at the à la carte restaurant which seats 34 diners in a beautiful, intimate setting.

Cabins

All cabins are beautifully spacious, and with an average floor plan of 17 square metres, they’re some of the most generously-sized on the Rhine. Cabins on the Main and Upper decks all have French balconies with floor-to-ceiling picture windows, offering personal, private views of every destination.

Entertainment 

It’s not just the destinations you’ll be discovering. Back on board there could be talks, live music and entertainment to enhance your cruise experience. This includes celebrity guests on selected departures such as Alastair Stewart, John Sergeant, Jilly Goolden and Charlie Dimmock.

With Spirit of the Rhine, premium value for money is included as standard. From all your meals and a choice of drinks, to excursions, Wi-Fi, gratuities and even a door-to-door travel service. You simply need to sit back, relax, and focus on enjoying your perfect river cruise.

  • Included as standard…
  • VIP door-to-door travel service with unlimited mileage
  • At least 3 included excursions on all 7-nt cruises and up to 8 on longer itineraries
  • Included travel insurance and cancellation cover
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Free-to-dine à la carte restaurant
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks served at lunch and dinner
  • Gratuities to all on-board staff

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