Saga cruises – Spirit of Discovery 

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?

Main Courses

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

Lobster Thermidor

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?

Main Courses

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?

Steaks and More

Jools signature dish New York striploin steak

a thick 200g cut

Tomahawk steak

good for two to share

Fillet steak

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

Baked aubergine

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


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