First time Saga cruisers
This was our first time on Saga though we have had many cruises before. We have mostly cruised with Seabourn but feel this has been run down by Carnival over the past few years and there seems to be no signs of it improving. Saga seemed a good way to go as so much was included in the price. The chauffeur service worked very well and all drinks, gratuities and wifi was included. We had an outside cabin on deck 7 and thought it very comfortable and particularly liked the sitting area. The bathroom was ok. We had a bath with shower over and a plentiful supply of toiletries. Our stewardess was a delight. She provided us with extra pillows and blankets straightaway and cleaned our cabin early every day as requested. Indeed, we found all the crew to be friendly and hardworking. We decided to eat in the Verandah every day as it was a bit more informal than the main diningroom. The menus are the same in both places and in the Verandah you can watch the chefs preparing the food. This is fascinating and really shows how professional they all are. It is amazing how quickly they all work in such a small area. The food was much better than we have experienced on Seabourn and no menu was repeated on our 16 night cruise. The soups were particularly good and food and plates were very hot. On our cruise on Seabourn Ovation last year I never had a hot bowl of soup in the main diningroom in the whole 14 nights we were on board! We found the wines on Saga very good. There was a different choice of one red, one white and a rose every night but if you found you liked one of the ones from the other nights then you could have that. Port was also included with your cheese if you wanted this and the cheese trolley was amazing. I haven't seen one on a cruise ship for years and it was a pleasant surprise. I was told they had more than a 100 cheeses on board. Food was also available on the pool deck at the beach club where you could get freshly cooked fish and chips with proper mushy peas. Two little adjoining huts also dispensed ice cream and boiled sweets. All very tempting! The ship is showing its age and the loungers on deck are not too comfortable though they do have mattresses which a lot of other cruise ships don't have. However, Saga is bringing out two brand new ships, one this year, and one in 2020. They will be all balconies and carry about 1,000 passengers so not too big. We felt the ship to have a happy atmosphere about it and I'm sure this is down to the crew relationships. i only hope this will be carried over when the new ships come out.
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