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    Entertainment on SAGA Spirit of Discovery

    Hello everyone, I read an article recently that said that Saga's new ship, Spirit of Discovery, has the best entertainment at sea. Is this true? What sort of acts and shows do they have please? Are they the usual entertainers who go from ship to ship, cruiseline to cruiseline, year after year, or really different and higher class? Any examples and thoughts would be very much appreciated. Thanks all! K

    #2
    Originally posted by kwoozahhh, London View Post
    Hello everyone, I read an article recently that said that Saga's new ship, Spirit of Discovery, has the best entertainment at sea. Is this true? What sort of acts and shows do they have please? Are they the usual entertainers who go from ship to ship, cruiseline to cruiseline, year after year, or really different and higher class? Any examples and thoughts would be very much appreciated. Thanks all! K
    What was the small print - was the article paid for/written by by Saga?

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      #3
      On board Spirit of Discovery now. Not over impressed with the Theatre Company. I will post a review sometime next week.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Hockeysticks, Bournemouth View Post
        On board Spirit of Discovery now. Not over impressed with the Theatre Company. I will post a review sometime next week.
        Thank you so much, Hockeysticks. I'd be really interested to hear all about it! Enjoy your cruise! K

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          #5
          Originally posted by JohnR, Chippenham View Post
          What was the small print - was the article paid for/written by by Saga?
          It was in some trade magazine that a friend showed me. I think it was more to promote the company that creates and books the entertainment for that ship! Was just curious to see how good and unique it really is. K

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            #6
            I have put my review in the reviews section, but here it is anyway:

            Transport to port:
            Driver arrived in a minibus just for the two of us three minutes late. He was extremely friendly and said we could stop on the way if required as the journey was just over three hours to Dover. We had to make a comfort stop at Clackett Lane services and we were told we could stop for as long as we wanted if we required to have some food. Arrival at Dover was just before 1pm.
            We had a very quick check-in and were told that embarkation would start at 2pm. Britannia club members embarked first and we were on board soon after 2pm.
            A crew member took our hand luggage and escorted us to our cabin where he explained the workings of the light switches (including the make up my cabin and do not disturb lights) and point out that there was a carton of milk in the fridge as well as fresh fruit on the table.
            We then went to the embarkation buffet in the grill.

            Cabin:
            Our cabin was a standard twin/double with balcony (all cabins have a balcony) on D deck (8).
            There is an illuminated mirror on the vanity unit and there are drawers here as well. The wardrobe has two drawers and plenty of hanging space with a huge number of hangers. There is also a basket with laundry bags, blanket, binoculars, shoehorn and clothes brush. The safe is also here. There is not much space for shoes as the life jackets occupy part of the floor (there is no shelf).
            Bedside cupboards have one large and one small drawer and a shelf. There is a bedside light with a USB port and a separate reading light.
            There are two armchairs, a coffee table a very comfortable chair at the vanity unit. The tea and coffee making facilities are also here.
            The balcony has two chairs and a small table. The cushions and blankets for these chairs were in the cabin.
            Two reusable water bottles and glasses were on a shelf above the very slim fridge.
            The television has Freeview Channels, films and television shows on demand and excursions and port lectures. Reception was very good even in bad weather. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship and is reasonably good.
            The bed could do with a thick mattress topper when used as a double as the edges of the mattresses are very hard.
            The bathroom is well fitted with an illuminated mirror (which stays on whilst you are in your cabin so acts as a night light) and two cupboards. Strangely only one glass is provided in the bathroom. The shower is quite good and has a glass door.
            There is no clothesline.

            Dining:
            The Grand Dining room is located on deck 5 and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is open sitting but for dinner there is fixed tables for 150 but if you are not at your fixed table by 7:30 it is released. We had a fixed table for two and were served by three excellent waiters. Wine and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner. We do not drink wine and after a couple of days our preferred drinks were waiting for us.
            The food is very good, and we did not feel the need to use the speciality restaurants (which are no extra charge). Bread is some of the best we have experienced on cruises.
            There are three speciality restaurants, The Club by Jools (steakhouse), Coast to coast (seafood) and East to West (Asian). We heard good reports of all three.
            The Grill is the self-service buffet. Waiter assistance is available. The serving areas are completely screened from the seating areas. Tables are fully laid with cutlery etc and at breakfast jams, honey, marmalade, butter and milk are all present. Toast and tea and coffee are all served to your table. The choice of food at breakfast and lunch is good. Dinner has the same menu as the Grand Dining Room and on formal nights part is waiter served. When the grill is busy you are shown to a table (all are numbered – some passengers seem to forget where they are sat!)
            The grill extends to an outside are known as the Verandah. Tables are also laid here and at lunch time is the venue for Fish and Chips, burgers and hot dogs.
            Coffee and juice machines are available throughout the day.
            Bars:
            There is a bar as part of The Club.
            The main bar is The South Cape bar. Service is excellent and tea or coffee here comes without charge (cookies are also available).

            In the atrium is The Living Room. This is a very social area, also with a bar. Tea and coffee also available here. During the day there are light bites here varying according to the time of day. In the afternoon there is a selection of ice cream available – again no extra charge. There is a self-serve ice cream machine on the Lido deck.

            The library is large with ample seating. It is furnished with a drinks area for tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Cookies and mini muffins are also available here. It is not always as quiet as libraries should be due to loud conversations. Near the Library is a card room and a separate craft room overlooking the atrium.

            The top decks have plenty of sun loungers and an abundance of space. On the very top deck there are also some settee and chairs.

            The promenade deck is a full wrap around and is very wide along both sides. At the stern there is a small seating and refreshment area. The stern is fully tiered, and you can go from deck six to 13 here.

            On deck twelve forward is The Britannia Lounge. This is enormous compared with ships like Oriana and Queen Victoria. There is a small stage and a dance floor. The bar again serves tea and coffee at no extra charge. At the front of this lounge is an open observation deck.

            The theatre on deck 6 seats approximately 400 and is well tiered. Unfortunately, the seats are quite narrow and have high hard arm rests. Due to the steep steps in here no admittance is allowed once the lights go down. We found the sound here to be “tinny”. In our opinion the on-board company were not very good -their voices did not seem to harmonise, and the dancers were not always in time. The resident orchestra were excellent.
            There was a guest classical guitarist and a magician. In Bordeaux a French folk group performed. The shows can be watched live on your cabin television.
            There was live entertainment in the bars and lounges.

            The ship is very spacious (just 999 passengers) and very stable – you didn’t know you were leaving port. It appeared to handle bad weather well. The cabins were also very quiet.

            The ports of call were Guernsey (didn’t make it due to the wind, but went to Cherbourg instead), Bordeaux for 2 whole days, Bilbao, Leixoes (for Porto) and La Corunna. Shuttle busses were provided where needed.

            Did we enjoy the ship and trip? Yes. Would we go again? Yes.

            All the crew including officers were friendly and this includes the reception staff!

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              #7
              Thanks for your review, we may well try one of the newer Saga ships, like the size, mix of restaurants and itineraries, jut need to find the right one now.

              John

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