Saga Cruises

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Saga Cruises

The experts in classic, small-ship cruising, Saga offer a refined and elegant way to sail, with so much more included than most other cruise lines. Every cruise begins with a chauffeur driving you to the ship, departing from either Dover or Southampton to a host of inspiring destinations from Norway and the Baltic to the Canary Islands, Mediterranean, Canada and the Caribbean.

Saga Cruises

Do you enjoy the timeless traditions of cruising? Then a journey aboard contemporary Saga Sapphire or yacht-like Saga Pearl II is perfect for you. Both small ships offer first-class service, fine dining and sparkling entertainment.

Enjoy a warm welcome aboard and enjoy elegant and comfortable surroundings, excellent facilities, a well-planned itinerary, delicious cuisine and service that’s truly exceptional.

Better still, every cruise is backed by Saga’s award-winning value for money, with all this included as standard…

  • Return chauffeur service to Dover or Southampton up to 250 miles each way
  • Or choose included port parking, coach or rail travel
  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights
  • All meals, snacks and afternoon tea
  • Speciality dining
  • Wine with lunch and dinner
  • All on-board gratuities
  • Free Wi-Fi in selected areas
  • Entertainment and activities
  • Shuttle buses in most ports of call
  • Unlimited luggage allowance
  • Porterage, and so much more.

The basics

Launched two decades ago to cater for guests aged 50 and over, Saga Cruises offer all the luxuries of classic cruising, but with a contemporary twist.

Saga Sapphire holds a maximum of 720 guests, and Saga Pearl no more than 449. These smaller sizes offer the chance to call at more unusual ports and out-of-the-way harbours that the larger vessels have to sail past.

The ships’ smaller size also means a more welcoming cruise experience, and with a high 2:3 ratio of crew to passengers, service is first class every step of the way. All cruises begin and end in Dover or Southampton, and a chauffeur to the port is included as standard, for the ultimate in convenience.

Itineraries are varied and include great-value mini cruises to the Continent, week-long cruises to the fjords of Norway, and two-week adventures to the Baltic. Other favourites are island-hopping itineraries around the Canary Islands and Mediterranean, and longer voyages across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Canada and Central America.

With so much included upfront, from tips and bar service charges, wine at mealtimes, unlimited tea, coffee and fruit juices, to on-board activities, daily newspapers and free bottled water on excursions, the onus is very much on relaxing and enjoying yourself on board – with no hard sell or pressure to spend more during your cruise. In fact, apart from excursions and drinks from the bar, there’s no need to spend anything at all. This makes budgeting a breeze.

There are a host of quirky and welcome touches to Saga’s ships and itineraries. This includes a free-to-dine Asian fusion restaurant on Saga Sapphire, an alfresco Beach Club, plus unusual cruises such as visits to the North Cape, Gulf of Bothnia, and even non-stop sailing around the British Isles.

We like

The chance to enjoy classic traditions of cruising such as daily afternoon tea and dinner served in one leisurely sitting. Plus, with a high proportion of dedicated single cabins and a host of included single traveller activities, the ships are a great choice for those cruising solo.

What you should know

Unlike some other lines, Saga put their last-minute prices first, with discounts of up to 35% off full fares passed on to early bookers. Those who wait until nearer the sailing date run the risk of paying more, as the discounts reduce over time. Their Price Promise also guarantees early bookers never miss out.

May we suggest

Looking at their summertime programme of Baltic cruises. All include at least one or two nights moored in St Petersburg and a tourist visa, so you can enjoy going ashore in the evenings to the ballet and opera.

Recommended for

Young at heart travellers who are looking to relax or explore varied destinations, who would rather swap glitzy nightclubs and casinos for refined entertainment, excellent cuisine and service, dressing up for the occasional formal night and enjoying the classic traditions of life at sea – with a few modern twists.

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