When thinking about Saga cruises, I always think over 50, old fashioned, traditional.
I am right with a couple of these points. Aimed at the over 50 who love a smaller more boutique style ship with a British feel and traditions.
The brand new ship has just completed its maiden voyage with over 50% of the passengers being repeat guests of Saga cruises.
The staff must have been feeling the pressure!
The ship is a lovely size, just under 1000 passengers and all cabins have a balcony!
109 cabins are exclusive to single passengers which again is fabulous news.
The cabins are an excellent size, 215 square feet is bigger than average and all the home comforts you would expect from a luxury hotel room. Fridge, walk-in wardrobe, tea and coffee making facilities (a must for the Brits) multiple sockets and USB ports and plenty of storage
The dining on this new ship sounds fantastic. There are 3 speciality restaurants
Coast to Coast is an intimate seafood restaurant
Here is a sample menu of the main courses.
Think I would go traditional with fish and chips!
What would you order?
Our signature line-caught fish & chips
a centre-cut piece of cod, served in crisp beer batter, with traditional thrice-cooked chips, mushy peas & gravy
Coast to Coast seafood platter
a sharing platter for two on crushed ice with king crab, shrimp, langouste, green lip mussels, crab claws, marinated octopus, garlic baguette, saffron aioli & lime herb salsa
a ragout of lobster & field mushrooms witha hint of Dijon mustard
Classic Dover sole ‘meuniere’
perfectly pan fried & golden brown, with traditional nut-brown butter, capers & lemon
Norwegian baked wolf fish
wilted greens, roasted bell pepper & butter sauce
Roast cornfed chicken breast
a fondue of Wookey Hole & Black Crowdie cheeses, cherry tomatoes & herbs
Soft pasta pillows
stuffed with ‘Penny Bun’ mushrooms, basil pesto & roasted walnuts
East to west is an Asian restaurant – the food sounds amazing!
These are just the main courses. I fancy the surf and turf or the lamb dish!
What would you order?
Our signature Asian-style surf & turf
braised soy & teriyaki spiced pork belly & roasted cod
Crispy roasted Peking duck
pak choi and plum hoisin sauce
Himalayan spiced marinated rack of lamb
sweet potato & lentils, grilled lemon & raita
Black Angus beef short ribs ‘Rendang’ style
pot roasted with lemongrass, chilli, coriander, fennel seeds, cinnamon & garlic
Southern Thailand tiger prawn massaman curry
coconut milk, fresh lime, sweet basil, red chilli & peanuts
‘Multani’ paneer tikka
grilled Indian cheese infused with herbs & spices, with sweet potato aloo gobi, chapatti & saffron dressing
The club is a steak lovers dream! Inspired by Jools Holland
Have a look at the main courses. Think I would go for the sharing option
Which do you fancy?
Jools signature dish New York striploin steak
a thick 200g cut
good for two to share
a tender 180g cut
Roast rack of lamb
seasoned with fresh herbs & sea salt
Berkshire porterhouse pork steak
a 300g cut served on the bone with black pudding & scrumpy sauce
Grilled cornfed free range chicken
rosemary & garlic marinade
Grilled fish of the day
harissa, bulgar wheat & grilled halloumi
There are also 2 main dining restaurants.
Buffet restaurant with outside Veranda
All the speciality restaurants are included in the price so I guess booking early is a must!
So what is included in your Saga cruise? You are picked up from home in a taxi and taken to the port. Gratuities/ tips are also included. Speciality dining and wine during your dinner every night. Shuttle buses in each port are also free.
What do you think of this brand new ship? It looks beautiful!
Thanks for reading
Love Rosie xx