6 reasons to love Saga Cruises Spirit of Discovery

Jane Archer reports back from her recent trip onboard the new cruise ship

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6 reasons to love Saga Cruises Spirit of Discovery

Saga Cruises’ new ship Spirit of Discovery was designed specifically for the company’s over-50’s British customer base. Boutique in looks and feel, she holds just 999 passengers and has a choice of five places to eat. She was christened in Dover by her godmother, HRH the Duchess of Cornwall.

Six reasons you will love Spirit of Discovery

Balcony Cabin, Spirit of Discovery, Saga Cruises

Balcony Cabin, Spirit of Discovery, Saga Cruises

Balconies for all

All cabins and suites have balconies so whether guests are on a budget, travelling solo or splashing out, they will get their own private outside space. Clients can take their pick from standard or deluxe double or twin rooms, or suites, which have separate living and sleeping areas and come with a butler. The 540 room total includes 105 single cabins and suites, the latter also with a butler. All rooms are equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities.

Grand Dining Room, Spirit of Discovery, Saga Cruises

Grand Dining Room, Spirit of Discovery, Saga Cruises

Asian promise

East to West serves Asian favourites such as chicken satay, Chinese dim sum and crispy Peking duck. The restaurant is one of five places to eat on the ship. Coast to Coast specialises in seafood, The Club by Jools Holland is a steakhouse serving everything from a 180g fillet to a hearty Tomahawk for two to share. These restaurants are free but bookings are needed. The Grand Dining Room operates an open-seating policy, allowing passengers to eat when and with whom they wish. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Grill self-service is also open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. On formal nights, the Grill reverts to a waiter-service restaurant with the same menu as the main dining room.

The Club by Jools Holland, Spirit of Discovery, Saga Cruises

The Club by Jools Holland, Spirit of Discovery, Saga Cruises

The Jools in the crown

Pianist, broadcaster and Hootenanny star Jools Holland has not only given his name to The Club on Spirit of Discovery (and endorsed one of the steaks served there), but he will be headlining on selected cruises this year and next. When he’s not on board, there are song-and-dance shows and guest entertainers in the theatre each evening, and a jazz band playing late into the evening in The Club (where Jools might also play a set or two if his schedule allows).

So much included

Prices include all dining, wine or beer with lunch and dinner, gratuities, Wi-Fi, travel insurance, port shuttle buses, and home to port transfers (250-mile limit). Starting 2020, the ship will be drinks-inclusive at all times. Shore excursions cost extra and vary in price depending on content and length.

Hydro Pool, Spirit of Discovery, Saga Cruises

Hydro Pool, Spirit of Discovery, Saga Cruises

Spa time

This is the first time Saga Cruises has had a full-size spa and separate gym and fitness studio. There are five treatment rooms, a range of massages and facials, a free-to-use thermal suite, and a hair and nail salon. Stretching and yoga classes are free; personal training and consultations cost extra. Other facilities include a pool and two hot tubs on the sun deck, and a large library and separate craft room. The Living Room is the place for pre-dinner cocktails; the Britannia Lounge is popular for pre-dinner dancing and late-evening music and dance shows.

Geiranger fjord, Norway

Geiranger fjord, Norway

Itineraries

Spirit of Discovery sails no-fly cruises to the Baltic, Norwegian fjords, near Continent (France, Spain, Holland and Belgium), Canary Islands and Mediterranean from either Dover or Southampton. She’ll spend Christmas and New Year in New York and Bermuda this year. In June 2020, she sails to Greenland and in September 2020 heads across the Atlantic to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower. View all Spirit of Discovery itineraries or view our selection below.

Article reproduced with kind permission from CLIA and written by Jane Archer, Leading UK Cruise Journalist

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22 January 2020 for 22 days
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Southampton • At Sea • Venice • Cagliari • Southampton

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16 February 2020 for 16 days
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Southampton • Bergen • Tromsø • At Sea • Southampton

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23 April 2020 for 27 days
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16 June 2020 for 22 days
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2 December 2020 for 15 days
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