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22 November 2022, 09:00
Saga Cruises launches first 2024 ocean cruises
November 22, 2022 : Saga Cruises has today launched its first ten new ocean itineraries for 2024 with up to 35 per cent off.
The cruises depart between January 4 and March 19, 2024 on Spirit of Adventure and Spirit of Discovery , and there’s something for everyone including the Canary Islands, Africa, Norway, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the Adriatic.
Highlights include Spirit of Adventure ’s Africa’s Atlantic Coast cruise departing on February 3 for 30-nights, visiting Morocco, Senegal (whose name means ‘our boat’) and The Gambia, as well as the Canary Islands, Madeira, Gibraltar and parts of mainland Spain. There will be included excursions in Cadiz, Las Palmas, Santa Cruz (Tenerife), Funchal and Coruna and prices start from £7,995 per person.
Making the most of the weather in January, Spirit of Discovery will head to the Caribbean on January 18 for a 30-night cruise calling first at Tenerife before heading to Antigua, and thanks to the ship’s boutique size, then navigating the smaller islands of Nevis, Martinique, Grenada, Bequia and Dominica before returning via St Lucia, Barbados and Sao Miguel. The cruise includes tours of Santa Cruz (Tenerife), St John’s (Antigua), St George’s (Grenada), Castries (St Lucia) and Ponta Delgada (Sao Miguel and prices start from £7,519 per person.
There will be four Canary Island cruises on offer, including a 15-night Night Skies of the Canaries and a 14-night Canary Island Discovery on Spirit Adventure departing from Portsmouth on January 5 and January 20, 2024 respectively, plus another two Canary Island Discovery cruises on Spirit of Discovery departing Portsmouth on January 4 and February 17. Each cruise will visit Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma and Madeira. The Night Skies of the Canaries cruise also calls at La Coruna, Cadiz and San Sebastian, while the Canary Island Discovery itineraries instead visit El Ferrol. All four cruises also include four panoramic tours, and there will be optional excursions available. Prices for the Night Skies of the Canaries start from £3,049 per person, while Canary Island Discovery starts from £2,845.
There are also two Magic of the Northern Lights cruises available at the peak time to see them on either Spirit of Discovery departing on March 2, or Spirit of Adventure sailing on March 19. The 15-night cruises that will visit Flam, Bergen, Tromso, Alta and Alesund in Norway with three included excursions. Prices start from £3,712 per person.
On March 4, Spirit of Adventure will depart on the ever-popular Taste of the Mediterranean cruise, visiting Gibraltar, Spain, France, Minorca, Majorca and Portugal with four included excursions and prices starting from £3,631 per person. On March 17 Spirit of Discovery will head off on a 22-night Easter cruise of the Adriatic visiting Gibraltar, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Sardinia and Portugal costing from £5,923 per person.
Nigel Blanks, CEO of Saga Cruises, said: “With demand well and truly back for cruising and 2023 already selling incredibly well, we’re looking ahead and launching the first of our 2024 ocean cruises now. There really is something for everyone from Africa’s Atlantic coastline to spotting the Northern Lights in Norway.
“As always, early bookers can secure a fantastic deal as we’re launching with up to 35 per cent off and that includes everything from our complimentary door-to-door chauffeur service and on-board dining to Wi-Fi, gratuities, entertainment and excursions. We even include travel insurance.”
Saga’s Ocean cruises are all-inclusive with a complimentary door-to-door chauffeur service, or Saga can arrange car parking near the port, or domestic flights. There are no hidden costs on-board either. Saga Cruises come with all dining and house drinks including a selection of cocktails, draft beers and lagers, wines, spirits, mixers and soft drinks. New this year and in response to guest feedback, a selection of premium label spirits are also available at no additional cost. Also complimentary on board are the Wi-Fi, gratuities, fitness facilities, 24-hour room service, sightseeing tours in selected ports, entertainment (from lectures to recitals to shows), porterage of luggage, shuttle buses to nearest town centres and travel insurance with up to £5m coronavirus cover included.
Guests can view and book these 2024 cruises at saga.co.uk/2024-cruises or by calling 0800 092 3660 .
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November 22, 2022
Notes to editors
Notes to editors:
- All the cruises listed depart from and return to Portsmouth
- Prices listed include the percentage discount of up to 35 percent off the full fare, but discounts will drop as cabins are sold, so it pays to book early.
- 20 per cent of Saga’s ocean cabins are designated for solo travellers only. These guests can book a range of cabins from standard through to super, deluxe and a suite.
- Please check saga.co.uk/cruise for terms and conditions
- All prices correct at time of publishing and based on two sharing
- All cruises subject to availability
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Saga Cruises (Saga Shipping Ltd, saga.co.uk/cruises) is a British company, luxury cruise brand and division of Saga Group. The company started passenger shipping operations under the travel brand name "Saga Cruises" in 1997, with the purchase of Saga Rose (former NCL ship MS Sagafjord), Saga Rose was the flagship until 2004 when Saga Ruby was bought from Cunard Line (previously named MS Caronia). Saga Travel's CEO is Nick Stace.
The shipowner Saga Group/Saga plc (1951-founded, headquartered in Folkestone, Kent England, UK) is a London Stock Exchange-listed company specializing in travel and insurance. Currently, Saga plc is managed by Mike Hazell (CEO) who in 2024 succeeded Euan Sutherland (2020-23).
Company history and changes
While on its final cruise in the Caribbean, Saga Ruby had one of its generators fail disabling the air-conditioning plant. Then it was decided to cancel the sailing and head for a Western Mediterranean itinerary. Saga Ruby returned to Southampton on Jan. 9, 2014 due to bad weather. While in Funchal Madeira, the ship met up with Saga Sapphire for New Year's Eve fireworks display. Saga Ruby then departed for Gibraltar out of Southampton for the last time on January 10th and was handed over to her new owners on Jan 13, 2014.
In 2005, Saga Cruises introduced the "Spirit of Adventure Cruises" brand. In March 2006, MV Spirit of Adventure (former Orange Melody) entered into service. In 2013, Saga sold the brand.
For summer 2003, Saga Holidays chartered Minerva (1989-built) which sailed as "Saga Pearl". Saga Rose was retired in 2009 after a final 37-night Mediterranean voyage. Subsequently, the ship was laid up in Gibraltar and scrapped in China in 2010. In 2014 was acquired Saga Ruby (former NCL ship MS Vistafjord), which last voyage was in January 2014.
Until 2020, Saga Holidays operated two ships under charter - Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl 2 . The former fleetmate Saga Ruby was built and launched under the name "MS Vistafjord" for NCL/Norwegian America Line. In 1983, the vessel was sold to Cunard, and in 1999 renamed "MS Caronia". In 2004, Cunard sold it to Saga. It was operated as "Saga Ruby" until 2014 when was sold to a Chinese company, renamed "Oasia", operated as a hotel ship until 2017, then scrapped at Alang India .
Earlier in 2009, Saga UK acquired Astoria (Saga Pearl 2). Followed a GBP 14 million drydock refurbishment of the 1981-built vessel. The upgrades included new Veranda Restaurant; new balcony cabins; new Library Lounge; a redesigned Spa, and renovations to both swimming pools. The ship has 126 twin-bed cabins, 25 twin or king-bed cabins, 42 double-bed cabins. Of all staterooms, 20 have balconies and 9 have French balconies. Saga Pearl 2 has 60 single cabins (almost 1/4 of all staterooms). Among Saga's signature trademarks are the shipboard Afternoon Tea service and ballroom dancing. Saga ships departure from UK ports ( Southampton and Dover) on cruises to the Canaries, Baltic, and the Mediterranean. Itineraries range between 7- and 24-days in length.
Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl 2 were both withdrawn from service/left the fleet after two new ships ( Spirit of Discovery /2019 and Spirit of Adventure /2020) were delivered. In August 2019 was announced that Saga Sapphire will be acquired by ANEX Tours (Turkey's largest travel agency/tour operator), starting operations for ANEX in mid-2020. However, due to the global health crisis in 2020, the 39-year-old liner was officially sold to ANEX Tours in July 2020. Renamed to "Blue Sapphire", it started operations for ANEX in 2021, offering roundtrips from Antalya Turkey to Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea ports.
- In November 2019, after acquiring Thomas Cook Group's subsidiaries in Germany (Oger Tours, Bucher Reisen and Neckermann) and Russia (Intourist, 1929-founded USSR-Russia travel brand privatized in the 1990s by Vladimir Yevtushenkov), ANEX Tours became the world's second-largest tour operator - after TUI Group. The company's Chairman (Neset Kockar) commented that expects the annual passenger volume to increase to 8 million and the turnover to reach ~EUR 10 billion (~USD 11 B).
- Thomas Cook Group plc (2007-founded / 2019- defunct ) was a British travel group formed by the merger of Thomas Cook AG (British-German, 2001-founded) and MyTravel Group plc (British, 1972-founded). Neset Kockar (ANEX Tours) was the second-largest shareholder in Thomas Cook Group plc - after Fosun International China.
In July 2022, SAGA UK marked the anniversaries of Spirit of Adventure (July 6th) and Spirit of Discovery (July 10th), announcing interesting facts about the boats and their guests. In three full years, Spirit of Discovery navigated ~145,000 NM/nautical miles, completed 48 voyages, visited 273 different destinations, and served 2825 shore excursions. In one year, Spirit of Adventure navigated ~80,000 NM, completed 23 voyages, visited 144 destinations, and served 1617 shore excursions. Both vessels served ~36,9M meals, ~5,7M eggs, ~9,2 tons of lobster, ~13,5 tons of Dover sole, ~190 tons of smoked salmon, ~668,000 bottles of wine. ~12,000 customers used the onboard spas for massages.
In January 2024, Saga Group announced that it is exploring the option of a "partnership arrangement" for its ocean cruise business (including the potential sale of a stake in the division or selling the ships Spirit of Adventure and Spirit of Discovery) to unlock capital. In the period August 1, 2023, through January 29, 2024, Saga Group reported significant revenue growth (10-15%) over the same period in 2022-23, as well as ~30# increase (year-on-year) in revenue from its OCEAN division.
In 2017, Saga UK ordered two new cruise ships with capacity under 1000 passengers, each vessel with a total of 540 cabins and suites. The shipbuilder is Meyer Werft ( Papenburg Germany ). Unlike all previous Saga ships, these two are fully-owned by the company.
The vessels were scheduled for deliveries in 2019 July ( Spirit of Discovery ) and 2020 August ( Spirit of Adventure ). This is a new series of polar-class expedition ships with ice-strengthened hulls. Each costs USD 346 million (GBP 280M / EUR 310M) and has a total of 540 staterooms (cabins and suites), of 100 are single cabins (designed for solo travelers, no single supplement required), which is approx 20% of all cabins. The other staterooms are in categories Standard Balcony, Deluxe Balcony, Mid-Ship Suite and larger suites.
Among the signature venues onboard are the Britannia Lounge (2-level Atrium bar lounge), The Verandah (specialty restaurant) and an outdoor (alfresco dining) restaurant. Each vessel has two swimming pools (indoor and outdoor).
At the end of March 2017 was announced the name selected for the first ship - "Spirit of Discovery" (scheduled delivery June 2019). The second vessel was ordered in September 2017 - "Spirit of Adventure" (scheduled delivery August 2020).
In mid-September 2018 was announced that starting January 2020, Saga's new ships deals will be all-inclusive. Fares include unlimited (shipboard served) house spirits, beers, wines (by the glass) and soft drinks. Company's packages also include:
- UK travel package (to/from departure port), Shuttle bus transfer (to the nearest downtown from the port)
- Onboard gratuities, Porterage
- Onboard Welcome cocktail party
- All onboard meals, afternoon tea, live entertainment
- Unlimited tea and coffee (selected ship venues)
- 24-hour room service
- premium service (2 staff members for 3 passengers)
In early-March 2019, Saga announced that the company's both newbuilds (the sisterships Adventure and Discovery) are all-inclusive. This means that Saga cruise fares are inclusive of specialty restaurant dining, drinks (wine, beer, house spirits, soft drinks), 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi, gratuities, transfer (chauffeur service to/from homeport for cruise passengers based within 250 ml / 402 km distance). Shore excursions remain optional and at additional cost. The cruise company offers complimentary shuttle bus services in all ports where the town/city is over 0,5 km from the ship.
In early-November 2019 was announced the shipbuilding order for Spirit of the Rhine (2021-inaugurated, 192-passenger riverboat). In early-February 2021 started the construction of a second newbuild riverboat - Spirit of the Danube (2022-inaugurated, sistership). Since 2024 is also chartered Spirit of the Douro (2017-built, owned by Mystic Invest via Douro Azul ).
In late-March 2022, Saga announced a 4-ship expansion project for its riverboat fleet, ordering 4x ships (Spirit of the Moselle, Spirit of the Main, Spirit of the Elbe, Spirit of the Rhone), with the first entering service in 2023 and the rest following one vessel per year.
Saga Holidays ocean- and river cruising experience
Saga Cruises offers both Ocean and River cruise travel vacations. All the company's vessels are chartered. The cruising experience is classic, elegant and comfortable. Passengers are able to choose from contemporary amenities such as modern spas, Internet cafes, alternative dining in intimate restaurants. Do not expect shopping centers, casino or lustrous shows - Saga passengers like the relaxed and good-mannered social life. Traditional English tea is served each afternoon; ballroom dancing is presented nightly.
Saga passengers are more adventurous than it might be imagined. They seek a high level of comfort and service while they are careful not to squander pensions on gambling (the reason why there are no casinos on Saga's ships). They also demand fine food, that is well-prepared, from varied menus. Some of the mainstream cruise lines may get away with fortnightly or weekly menu cycles. That wouldn't be welcomed by Saga Cruises customers who are free to stay onboard for back-to-back cruises.
When you are not out or it is one of those lazy days at sea onboard Saga ships, you will be surprised by the great number of onboard activities. You will have the opportunity to join painting or computer classes, keep fit with Pilates and yoga, enjoy swimming, attend a talk from guest speakers. Relax with new and old friends, or look for some quiet time in ships' cozy areas. Other diversions include the beauty salon and spa - go for a pampering treatment or a massage or try the gym - go for a refreshing yoga course. A well-stocked library with thousands of books is also provided. Another choice is using one of the computers and keep in touch with family and friends.
In the evening onboard Saga ships, while heading to the next destination before dining, enjoy an aperitif in onboard bars, or work up with pre-dinner dance classes. At formal nights (one for a week-long cruise, two for a 14-night cruise) enjoy the feeling of occasion. Later take your seat for a show, go dancing, watch a film or socialize with friends - you may even enjoy a nightcap accompanied with live music in the inviting lounges and bars.
On select cruise itineraries, you will be entertained by celebrities. But the best part of all is that with no children on board, kids' games arcades or clubs taking up space, everything aboard is designed for your pleasure.
No matter which Saga ship you choose (ocean or river), each mealtime is going to be an exciting dining experience. Good breakfast is essential when you have a day full of activities - plenty of choices await for you for the day ahead. Choose from a waiter-served meal, the buffet onboard Saga Ruby, or eat out on deck. Opt for full English breakfast brought to the cabin. There are plenty of things to tempt you at lunchtime: choose from the buffet or enjoy a cooked-to-order lunch in the main restaurant.
Afternoon Tea is a daily cruising tradition with tempting cakes, pastries, finger sandwiches. Dinner - the day's highlight - is always waiter-served, one-sitting, sometimes with six courses. A talented team led by the Executive Chef prepares the meals using the finest and freshest/locally sourced ingredients.
Delicious wines from well-stocked "cellars" are recommended from sommeliers who are also on hand. Main courses, including game, fish, meat, vegetarian dishes, are followed with desserts from a selection of souffles, tarts, pavlovas, petits fours. The best of all is that you will never feel rushed to end your meals or have to wait for guests, as flexible arrangements make sure you dine at any time between 7-9 pm.
Saga Cruises customers
The Saga cruise line targets 50-and-older customers and is kids-free. The company sells directly to the public, not counting on travel agents. Allowing traveling companions who are 40+ years old is beneficial to couples who want to cruise together with grown-up families and in-laws, and also to those who need assistance and personal care. Saga's customers are elderly and almost exclusively British, with occasional passengers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, rarely Japan.
Saga UK provides free chauffeur service (door-to-door) for passengers who live within 75 mi (120 km) of cruise departure ports, and also shared chauffeur for up to 250 mi (400 km) homeport distances. Alternatives include coach and rail transportation, or domestic flights (from the UK) which can be fare-included. Saga also offers free parking to all its cruise passengers.
Saga Cruises enjoys a high repeat booking rate (about 75%).
To attract first-timers, since 2016 Saga offers "Love it First Time". By this initiative, a full refund is guaranteed to anyone who doesn't enjoy the company's cruising vacation product. SAGA UK guarantees that if passengers find that the experience is not for them, they can leave the ship at the next available call port. The "Love it First Time" offer applies only to new bookings and first-time customers.
Saga Holidays fly-cruise deals
For the end of 2017 (November and December), Saga Cruises offered 3 fly-cruises. The 8-, 11- and 12-night itineraries were available for booking with all-inclusive prices starting from around GBP 114 per person. Saga's "flight and cruise" deals are inclusive of airport and seaport transfers, all onboard meals, alcohol (wine by the glass / at lunch and dinner, house-brand spirits, cocktails, draught beers, lager), also soft drinks, afternoon tea, free Wi-Fi and, all onboard gratuities.
Saga Sapphire ship's 8-night "Canary Island Medley" cruise (prices from GBP 897) departed from Southampton on December 8, 2017.
The Saga Pearl 2 's 11-night "Jewels of the Canary Islands" cruise (prices from GBP 1516) departed from Southampton on November 20, 2017.
The Saga Pearl II ship's 12-night "Contrasts of the Canary Islands and Cape Verde" cruise (prices from GBP 1980) departed from Southampton on November 1, 2017.
The Nov 1st voyage included a flight from the UK to Funchal (Madeira), boarding there Saga Pearl 2, and the home flight from Lisbon back to the UK.
(Coronavirus crisis) passenger shipping pause 2020-2021
Due to the COVID pandemic, Saga Ocean Cruises suspended its fleet's passenger shipping operations by cancelling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 15, 2020, through early-July 2021.
Operations resumed in 2021 with Spirit of Discovery (June 27) and Spirit of Adventure (July 26/ Maiden Voyage ). Saga UK requires all passengers to have had both doses of the COVID vaccine before boarding the ships.
All affected bookings received full monetary refund (100% of the fare paid) or 125% refund in FCC (future cruise credit) with rebooking made within 24 months.
Saga UK's "Cruise Price Promise" allows penalty-free cancellation up to 14 days prior departure. All shipboard employees (fleetwide) remained on the docked vessels. Both SAGA ships' berthing location (during the no-sail period) is London-Tilbury Port .
Itinerary of Saga Cruises
(fka "Saga Holidays") SAGA UK's cruise Itineraries and shore excursions are designed mainly for adults. The company has 60+ years of holiday travel experience in Europe. The company used to charter two older boats, but since 2021 operates a small (SAGA Group-owned) fleet of two newbuilds - Spirit of Adventure and Spirit of Discovery .
Saga UK also operates (under time-charter) the following riverboats: Filia Rheni 2 , Amadeus Royal , Amadeus Symphony , Johannes Brahms , Rex Rheni , Dutch Melody (fka River Melody, since 2020) .
Saga Group also owns a fleet of six newbuild riverboats /sisterships - Spirit of the Rhine (2021), Spirit of the Danube (2022), Spirit of the Moselle (2023), Spirit of the Main (2024), Spirit of the Elbe (2025), Spirit of the Rhone (2026).
Since 2024, Saga also charters Spirit of the Douro (Douro Serenity/2017-built) for Douro River voyages in Portugal and Spain.
SAGA's free shuttle bus service is available if you want to explore independently - the shuttle will take you to the nearest city center or town. The service is offered if the distance between Saga ship and the city is over 500 yards. At ports of call, you will have a choice of exciting optional excursions. Saga representatives accompany cruisers on the coach. Saga Cruises company is sending a detailed booklet a few weeks before the cruise which gives the chance for pre-booking. If you prefer so, you can also visit the Tours and Travel Office onboard and Saga staff will book the preferred tours for you, if available.
The organized tours are a great way to see the sights. Saga excursions include transport, entrance fees, services of English-speaking guides. Lunch and refreshments are sometimes also included, so you will enjoy without worrying about costs. All excursions are optional, an additional cost will be added to your account. They are subject to change and availability. Among the highlights detailed on Saga cruises, are some that may be seen only by exploring independently or on optional excursions.
Douro River cruise itineraries
Starting in 2024, Saga offers two itineraries scheduled for Spirit of the Douro - "Lisbon & the Heart of the Douro" and "Douro Explorer".
Saga Douro River cruise fares are inclusive of travel insurance, onboard beverages (between 11 am-11 pm/non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks), Cruise Director services, return flights and land transfers, Captain’s events (dinner and cocktail reception), onboard Wi-Fi and gratuities, land tours/excursions (Lamego, Figueira Castelo de Rodrigo, Salamanca sightseeing, a quinta dinner, a wine estate tour, Casa de Mateus Palace, Oporto City tour with a wine cellar visit).
The company provides interactive maps and audio headsets for independent shore exploration.
"Lisbon and the Heart of the Douro" itinerary
"Lisbon and the Heart of the Douro" is a 10-night/11-day cruisetour itinerary starting in Lisbon. These voyages are priced from GBP 2520 pp (EUR 2945/USD 3180) and are inclusive of a flight from the UK to Portugal (Lisbon), a 3-day/2-night hotel stay in Lisbon and a domestic flight from Lisbon to Oporto.
- (Day 1) flight UK to Lisbon
- (Days 2-3) Lisbon hotel
- (Day 4) flight Lisbon-Oporto, boarding the Spirit of the Douro ship (overnight port stay)
- (Day 5) cruising from Oporto to Regua and Pinhao
- (Day 6) cruising from Pinhao to Vega de Terron/Salamanca (Spain)
- (Day 7) cruising from Vega de Terron to Barca d'Alva
- (Day 8) cruising from Barca d'Alva to Cais de Espinho and Pinhao
- (Day 9) cruising from Pinhao to Regua and Bitetos
- (Day 10) cruising from Bitetos to Entre-os-Rios and Oporto
- (Day 11) Oporto (debarkation/return flight to the UK)
"Douro Explorer" itinerary
"Douro Explorer" is a 7-night/8-day cruise itinerary starting in Oporto. These voyages are priced from GBP 2180 pp (EUR 2550/USD 2750) and are inclusive of a flight from the UK to Portugal (Oporto).
- (Day 1) flight UK to Oporto, boarding the Spirit of the Douro ship (overnight port stay)
- (Day 2) cruising from Oporto to Regua and Pinhao
- (Day 3) cruising from Pinhao to Vega de Terron/Salamanca
- (Day 4) cruising from Vega de Terron to Barca d'Alva
- (Day 5) cruising from Barca d'Alva to Cais de Espinho and Pinhao
- (Day 6) cruising from Pinhao to Regua and Bitetos
- (Day 7) cruising from Bitetos to Oporto (overnight)
- (Day 8) Oporto (debarkation/return flight to the UK)
"Discovering St James' Way" itinerary
A discovery of ancient pilgrims' route is the highlight of one of Saga's holidays - it runs from southern France over the Pyrenees, ending in Santiago de Compostela. Discover St James (Camino de Santiago) way with Saga. Along the Way, visit ancient cities and villages; do not do the hard work, walking in pilgrims' footsteps. Look out for highlights as Gaudi's fairytale Episcopal Palace; stay in Pamplona - evoked by Hemingway in The Sun Also Rises; taste wine in La Rioja's bodega; see the cathedral cities of Logrono, Burgos, Leon. For 12 nights, prices start at GBP 899. Among the many inclusions are additional cancellation cover and travel insurance, all breakfasts, ten dinners. You will be accompanied by an experienced Saga manager throughout.
Naples to Apulia itinerary
Saga Cruises offer is colors of the South 90-night tour. You will travel from Naples to olive groves of Puglia; stay on Ischia island with subtropical foliage. Discover the beautiful scenery of towns along the way; gain a wonderful insight into the Italian way of life. You will stay in four throughout the tour - five-star hotels on a half-board basis. Enjoy the glorious views of the bay while in Naples; visit Unesco World Heritage; listed dwellings in the Apulia region; enjoy naturally heated spa thermal waters at Ischia hotel. As on many Saga holidays, prices start at GBP 949 and single staterooms - available on selected dates - no extra cost! Join Saga Cruises' team and enjoy tours of Romania, Portugal, the Baltic; go shopping in Greece; join a tour in Croatia; discover Italian Lakes. Additional cancellation cover and travel insurance are one of the money-saving elements that are included in the Saga holidays.
Saga's tours in the USA, Mozambique, and Japan
Let your year to embark on one of the most memorable journeys with Saga Cruises experts. The chances Saga Cruises has the right trip you have been looking for, are quite big. Wherever you want to go into the world and however you want to travel, there's a good chance that Saga Cruises will help. Unlock Japan's mysteries. Stay in Mozambique's authentic bush camps, dare to look over the edge of South Rim in Grand Canyon. Saga Holidays seeks for new destinations and new experiences for the over 50s audience - such are these exciting new tours.
Trans-frontier Trail - Mozambique to Kruger
This 12-night tour will make you discover Greater Limpopo Trans-frontier Park and the rich Portuguese. The three national parks in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique are protected and form a territory of 36,000 square miles. Mozambique's most beautiful beaches on the Indian Ocean are the place you could swim off, stay in comfortable bush camps and venture bush walks and safaris- for unrivalled opportunities for spotting wildlife. The size of the group is limited to twenty people. Of course, you will be fed well too - seven lunches, all breakfasts, and dinners are price included.
South West Iconic Parks of America
Wide-open spaces, fresh air and relax. Each of the national parks is more spectacular than the last one; the rock formations are impossibly beautiful and multi-colored. Experience Mother Road and what was left of Las Vegas Route 66 - The Strip is the one place to stay if you travel through Nevada. The best way to experience the Grand Canyon is to stay in the park, close to South Rim. Since you will be in the Wild West, probably you will wish to experience the badlands of Painted Desert; see the Sedona formations of red rocks; enjoy scenic cruising along Antelope Canyon; see the limestone spires in Monument Valley.
Saga Mystery Cruise 2018
Captain Horne's Mystery Cruise surprises up to 720 passengers every day for 3 weeks. The intriguing cruise aboard Saga Sapphire left Southampton UK in November 2018 with Captain Stuart Horne promising to keep "everyone guessing as long as possible." He added he would only tell his engineers and navigation team as much as they need to know for fuel management and route planning.
No guarantee where the captain sails but there are all-inclusive drinks and tours as well as entertainment from Syd Lawrence Orchestra on 6 nights. VIP Chauffeur service is guaranteed to and from the port, all included in the fare, along with travel insurance. Another surprise is the array of mystery celebrities/VIP guests on Saga Sapphire.
Ports of call are announced once the ship is berthed, but there is a shore trip included in every port.
The adventure is the last mystery cruise aboard Saga Sapphire and features a choice of table wines at lunch and dinner, as well as house-branded spirits, soft drinks, draught beer, and lager. Afternoon tea, unlimited tea, and coffee in selected venues, welcome cocktail party, free wifi, onboard gratuities, and 24-hour room service are also included.
Saga Sapphire departed Southampton on November 27, 2018. Prices for the 21-night cruise started from GBP 3090 pp (based on double occupancy / 2 people sharing a Twin Cabin).
Itineraries 2021 (cancelled)
Saga UK planned 7 new itineraries for early-2021 (all were eventually cancelled) including an 83-night South America itinerary visiting the Amazon Delta, Punta Arenas , Cape Horn , Rio de Janeiro , Buenos Aires , Montevideo on MS Spirit of Discovery.
This world cruise was the ship's longest and planned to depart from Southampton on January 6, 2021. Prices included chauffeur service to the homeport, balcony cabin, all-inclusive meals and drinks, daily afternoon tea, free wifi, onboard gratuities.
The clockwise South America circumnavigation itinerary had to start with a Transatlantic crossing (UK to Brazil), followed by coastal cruising through the Amazon Delta, Patagonia, Panama Canal , Ecuador, Colombia. From Callao Peru were offered optional tours to Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands . Overnights were scheduled in Rio de Janeiro , Manaus , Stanley (Falklands) .
Spirit of Adventure had planned in Europe 6 itineraries (January through March 2021) including
- 14-night "Constellations of the Canaries"
- 16-night "A Norwegian Aurora" (Northern Lights cruise) with included Aurora Borealis shore excursion, Rauma Railway through Troll Wall, overnight in Sorrisniva Igloo hotel)
- 15-night "Taste of the Mediterranean" visits Barcelona , Cartagena , and Valencia and includes flamenco dancing, horse show, paella and tapas-making, chocolate and wine tastings.
- 8-night "Scandinavian Rhythms" visits Copenhagen , Frederikshavn , Gothenburg , Odderoya, Kristiansand .
The wellness-themed 16-night "Exotic Morocco and the Canary Islands" itinerary featured outdoor yoga classes, guided hikes, tours in Lisbon and Funchal, Madeira Island .
For Spirit of Discovery was planned an 83-night "South America: A Grand Voyage" (from GBP 17,324 pp) departing from Southampton on January 6, 2021. For Spirit of Adventure were planned the following voyages:
- 14-night Constellations of the Canaries, from GBP 2449 pp, departs January 5, 2021.
- 16-night Exotic Morocco and the Canaries, from GBP 3024 pp, departs January 19, 2021.
- 15-night The Beautiful Canaries, from GBP 2892 pp, departs February 4, 2021.
- 16-night A Norwegian Aurora, from GBP 3117 pp, departs February 19, 2021.
- 15-night A Taste of the Mediterranean, from GBP 2799 pp, departs March 7, 2021.
- 8-night Scandinavian Rhythms, from GBP 1475 pp, departs March 22, 2021.
Summer "Around Britain" 2023 itineraries
In October 2022, Saga added a further 4 round-Britain voyages into its summer 2023 schedule, all with up to 35% off, and timed to coincide with events like the Tall Ships Race and the Rolex Fastnet Yacht Race.
Spirit of Discovery ship departs from London-Tilbury on July 16, 2023, sailing along Britain's south coast, visiting Scilly Isles, Fowey, Falmouth, and Portsmouth, and concluding in Dover. The 8-night itinerary also visits Tresco (Abbey Gardens) and also has a price-included tour of Portland. Guests will have the chance to see the start of the Rolex Fastnet Yacht Race. Prices start from GBP 1819 per person with double occupancy.
On July 24, 2023, Spirit of Discovery starts a 6-night voyage to the Shetland Islands (Dover roundtrip), visiting Invergordon and Scrabster . The itinerary also includes Lerwick as it hosts the Tall Ships race before returning to Dover. Included tours are a visit to John O'Groats and a scenic drive along the Scottish Highlands. Prices start from GBP 1367 per person.
Spirit of Adventure ship departs Dover on August 28, 2023, for a 6-night roundtrip along the Cornish coastline. The itinerary visits Scilly Isles, Fowey, Falmouth, and Portland , with 2 included excursions - a scenic drive along the Dorset coast and a visit to Tresco's Abbey Gardens. Prices start from GBP 1378 per person.
On September 3, 2023, Spirit of Adventure starts a full Great Britain circumnavigation voyage. The 8-night roundtrip from Dover visits Ullapool (fishing town at Loch Broom, Scotland), Isle of Mull , Isle of Staffa 's Fingal’s Cave and volcanic rock formations, and features scenic cruising along the English Channel's Jurassic Coast (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Prices start from GBP 1755 per person.
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Save up to £1,000 when booking a Saga Mediterranean cruise in 2024
Saga Mediterranean cruises can be yours for less thanks to the latest cruise deals from the all-inclusive cruise line.
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Saga Mediterranean cruises boast savings of up to £1,000 per person as the over-50s cruise line extends lower fares to Sailawaze readers.
Passengers cruising the Mediterranean with Saga will sail through azure waters, exploring ancient civilisations, sun-soaked beaches and charming coastal towns – all the while knowing they’re cruising in all-inclusive luxury.
Think art and architecture in Barcelona, lively markets and harbour-side eateries in the south of France, and old-world charm amid the UNESCO-listed streets of Malta.
We’ve rounded up some of the best Saga cruises 2024 Mediterranean discounts below but be sure to pick up the phone as these deals won’t be around for long and fares will increase!
Simply call the Saga contact centre on 0808 304 8538 to book the discount and quote “Sailawaze.” Happy holidays indeed!
Saga Mediterranean cruises to book
Flavours of the mediterranean.
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Your Mediterranean cruise with Saga begins in Gibraltar, where the iconic rock stands guard over the meeting of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, before heading to Barcelona, home to Gaudi’s fascinating architecture and the lively ambience of La Rambla. Time to pick up some souvenirs!
In France, stroll along the picturesque harbour in Toulon, basking in Provençal charm, before you stock on vitamin D along the sun-kissed beaches of Majorca. In Lisbon, savour Fado music and uncover the city’s rich maritime heritage along the Tagus River.
When: March 4, 2024 Duration: 15 nights Where: Portsmouth, UK | Gibraltar | Barcelona, Spain | Toulon, France | Mahon, Minorca | Palma, Majorca | Lisbon, Portugal | Portsmouth, UK Ship: Spirit of Adventure Price: From £4,115 pp
The Adriatic at Easter
Sailing south on this Saga Mediterranean cruise, visit Italy where intriguing history abounds in Salerno, set against the backdrop of stunning coastal vistas, and explore the ancient splendour of Croatia, with Dubrovnik’s famed walls and red-roofed charm. Pretending you’re in Game of Thrones optional.
Trieste, serves as a gateway to Venice, while nearby Koper, offers a delightful coastal escape before you relax among the sun-drenched landscapes of Sardinia.
When: March 17, 2024 Duration: 22 nights Where: Portsmouth, UK | Gibraltar | Salerno, Italy | Dubrovnik, Croatia | Split, Croatia | Trieste (for Venice), Italy and Koper, Slovenia | Zadar, Croatia | Cagliari, Sardinia | Lisbon, Portugal | Portsmouth, UK Ship: Spirit of Discovery Price: From £5,928 pp
A Taste of the Mediterranean
Potter around the historic district of Lisbon’s Alfama, crisscrossed with cobblestone streets and ancient tram rides ahead of cruising with Saga to Minorca, to soak up the natural beauty of Mahon’s harbour.
In Toulon swing by the naval museum and try the scenic Mont Faron cable car while Barcelona’s La Boqueria market will sate food lovers! Traditional tapas or fresh oysters anyone?
In Palma, on Saga cruises to the Mediterranean, explore the majestic Palma Cathedral and Bellver Castle overlooking the city and then, before you cruise home, peek at the famous Barbary macaques on Gibraltar’s Rock and explore the historic tunnels within.
When: April 13, 2024 Duration: 15 nights Where: Portsmouth, UK | Lisbon, Portugal | Mahon, Minorca | Toulon, France | Barcelona, Spain | Palma, Majorca | Gibraltar | Portsmouth, UK Ship: Spirit of Discovery Price: From £4,526 pp
Athens and the Greek Islands
On this Saga Mediterranean cruise, you’ll call at Valletta in Malta, where the Grand Harbour boasts a rich history, complete with St. John’s Co-Cathedral and the splendid Upper Barrakka Gardens.
Over in Greece, Kefalonia is home to the Melissani Cave and the Katavothres sinkholes – a unique geological phenomenon; Katakolon offers a gateway to ancient Olympia, home of the original Olympic Games; and Hydra beckons with its car-free streets and scenic harbour. You’ll definitely be getting your steps in on this holiday!
Marvel at the Acropolis and the Parthenon in Athens before furthering your quest into the past at the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum on Crete. In Sicily, don’t miss the Archaeological Park of Neapolis and the charm of Ortigia Island before you call at Malaga in Spain, with its Picasso Museum and imposing Alcazaba fortress.
When: April 17, 2024 Duration: 22 nights Where: Portsmouth, UK | Gibraltar | Valletta, Malta | Argostoli, Kefalonia | Katakolon, Greece | Hydra, Greece | Piraeus (for Athens, Greece) | Heraklion, Crete | Syracuse, Sicily | Malaga, Spain | Dover, UK Ship: Spirit of Adventure Price: From £6,915 pp
Italy and the Western Mediterranean
On this Italian-focused Saga Mediterranean cruise 2024, you’ll cruise to Savona – exploring the historic fortress of Priamar and the grandeur of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta – and then Livorno, offering access to the Renaissance art of Florence and the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. Yes, go on, take that photo where you look like you’re propping it up…
Portoferraio on Elba Island showcases the Napoleon Museum within his former residence, Palazzina dei Mulini, and over on Corsica, Calvi’s Citadel boasts panoramic views.
When: May 10, 2024 Duration: 18 nights Where: Portsmouth, UK | Gibraltar | Toulon, France | Savona, Italy | Livorno, Italy | Portoferraio, Elba | Calvi, Corsica | Palma, Majorca | Lisbon, Portugal | Portsmouth, UK Ship: Spirit of Discovery Price: From £5,459 pp
What’s included on a Saga cruise?
Return UK chauffeur service Included travel insurance Fine dining All-inclusive drinks Your own balcony Shore excursions Unlimited luggage allowance Porterage from the port to your cabin Free wifi Onboard gratuities & service charges Complimentary 24-hour room service Entertainment Classes, activities & outside deck games Fitness classes & gymnasium Swimming pools & hot tubs Spa access to hydrotherapy pool, infrared sauna & steam room All port taxes, fees & charges
What is the dress code on Saga cruises?
The Saga dress code is casual during the daytime and smart casual come evening, when flip-flops, t-shirts and shorts will have to be swapped for smarter shirts and trousers.
There are still opportunities to don your finery on formal nights, though!
How many formal nights on Saga cruises?
On Saga cruises of four to seven nights there is one formal night. On Saga cruises of eight to 11 nights there are two formal nights.
Are Saga cruises luxury?
Saga offers small-ship luxury at sea , which means every cabin has a balcony, speciality dining and all-inclusive drinks are included, and there’s first-class service thanks to a ratio of one member of staff for every two guests onboard.
Are drinks free on Saga cruises?
Yes – Saga cruises are all-inclusive so guests can savour premium spirits, wines, beers and soft drinks at no extra cost.
Do Saga cruises include insurance?
Yes – every Saga cruise holiday comes with travel insurance.
Saga travel insurance (underwritten by Astrenska Insurance Limited) includes up to £5m coronavirus emergency medical cover.
A price reduction is available if you choose not to take the included insurance and additional cancellation cover. Cover is subject to a few medical questions.
What is the average age on a Saga cruise?
Saga operates an over-50s age policy.
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Saga Launches Full Range of 2024 Ocean Cruises
- April 1, 2023
Saga has launched a range of 2024 ocean cruises with 48 all-inclusive itineraries now available, according to a statement.
In addition, Saga has expanded its UK travel package to include return chauffeur service and extend it to 300 miles from the departure port, compared to the previous 250 miles. This enables guests who live further away to take a domestic flight to London or Southampton and receive a chauffeur service from home to their local airport. Saga will even provide pick-up service from their flight and drive the guests to the ship.
The highlights of Saga’s 2024 cruises include:
A 12-night Exploring Spain and Western France cruise onboard the Spirit of Discovery departing on April 28, 2024 from Portsmouth. The ship will visit Douarnenez for the first time, a port town known for the sardine fishing and canning industry. The itinerary also includes a visit to Bordeaux with its Place de la Bourse and the Cailhau Gate. Guests will also have the chance to visit La Pallice – the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ castle in La Roche Courbon. Prices start from £2,799 per person for a standard balcony cabin (based on double occupancy).
An 18-night Greenland and Iceland Wilderness Explorer voyage aboard the Spirit of Discovery departing on July 10, 2024, from Dover. Guests will have the opportunity to explore Reykjavik including the Golden Circle and the West Coast from Isafjordur. The journey continues to southern Greenland and its biggest town, Qaqortoq; Narsarsuaq; and Nanortalik. Prices start from £4,999 per person for a standard balcony cabin (based on double occupancy).
A 22-night Athens and the Greek Islands voyage onboard the Spirit of Adventure departing on April 17, 2024, from Portsmouth. The cruise includes a visit to the fishing village of Katakolon; the site where the first Olympiad was held in 776 BC and the Temple of Zeus; Athens with a visit to the Acropolis; the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; and the Olympic Stadium. Prices start from £6,114 per person for a standard balcony cabin (based on double occupancy).
A 12-night Scandinavian Gems voyage onboard the Spirit of Adventure departing Dover on May 30, 2024 (and onboard the Spirit of Discovery on August 4, 2024). This itinerary includes a visit to Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, Germany and Norway as well as, for the first time, Gudhjem in Bornholm, Denmark. Prices start from £3,018 per person for a standard balcony cabin (based on double occupancy).
Saga also brought back the popular seven short round-Britain cruises including: Spring in Southern Ireland, departing on April 8 on the Spirit of Discovery (prices from £1,147 pp); two Guernsey, Isles of Scilly and the Cornish Coast cruises departing on the Spirit of Adventure on June 11 and the Spirit of Discovery on July 5, 2024 (prices from £1,182 pp); and a Summertime in the British Isles cruise departing on June 16 onboard the Spirit of Adventure (prices from £2,676 pp).
Guests can also choose from a range of other cruises throughout the year exploring destinations such as the USA, the Mediterranean, Norway, Africa, the Caribbean and the Canary Islands.
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Saga Launches Full 2024 Ocean Cruise Programme
This week, Saga has officially launched its full range of 2024 ocean cruises with 48 all-inclusive itineraries now available.
New for 2024, Saga has revamped its UK travel package and the included return chauffeur service has now been extended to 300 miles from the departure port (previously it was 250 miles). Those guests who live further afield and choose to join the cruise via a domestic flight to London or Southampton will also receive a chauffeur service from home to their local airport. They will then be picked up from their flight and driven to the ship, making the whole experience easy and stress-free.
This latest launch of 2024 cruises sees Saga complete the line-up for next year, following its announcement last November of its first ten itineraries , which will take place between January and March 2024.
Saga is committed to offering early bookers the best deals, so these new cruises are launching with up to 35 per cent off the full price. Saga also offers a price promise , whereby if the price of the cruise ever drops, guests who have paid the higher price will get the value difference.
Highlights for Spirit of Discovery will include:
· A 12-night all-inclusive Exploring Spain and Western France cruise departing 28 April 2024 from Portsmouth. For the first time, Saga will visit Douarnenez , a small port town with an active sardine fishing and canning industry. It has an attractive town-centre, known as the Quartier du Vieux, with 18 th century houses, churches and chapels. Douarnenez’s picturesque waterfront has a choice of cafes and restaurants, and there are coastal paths including one to the Plomarc’h Natural Site with traditional fishing cottages and an archaeological area. The cruise will also visit Bordeaux, home to a former royal square, Place de la Bourse, and the Cailhau Gate, a 15th-century defensive gateway dedicated to Charles VIII. It wouldn’t be a trip to Bordeaux without a visit to one of the prestigious estates for a wine tasting. This cruise also visits La Pallice – the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ castle in La Roche Courbon. And finally the cruise visits Bilbao and its modern Guggenheim Museum, which contrasts sharply with the city’s medieval quarter and 19th-century industrial heritage. Prices start from £2,799 per person for a standard balcony cabin (based on two sharing).
· An 18-night all-inclusive Greenland and Iceland Wilderness Explorer cruise departing on 10 July 2024 from Dover. In Iceland, guests will experience the sights of Reykjavik including the Golden Circle and the remote West Coast from Isafjordur. From there they will cruise to three remote settlements in southern Greenland: Qaqortoq which is the largest town in southern Greenland with brightly coloured wooden homes; Narsarsuaq, the gateway to exploring the Qoroq Ice Fjord with its stunning blue icebergs, and Nanortalik, ‘the place of polar bears’. Departing Greenlandic waters, Spirit of Discovery will travel through the incredible Prince Christian Sound, a narrow passage where glaciers reach down towards the sea, before calling into Akureyri in the north of Iceland for opportunities to visit Godafoss Waterfall and spot whales in the surrounding fjord. Prices start from £4,999 per person for a standard balcony cabin (based on two sharing).
· Spirit of Discovery will be heading to the Canary Islands for the festive season. Leaving Portsmouth on 19 December 2024, the Christmas in the Canary Islands all-inclusive cruise will visit Leixoes (for Oporto), Cadiz, Las Palmas, Santa Cruz (Tenerife), Santa Cruz (La Palma), Arrecife, Funchal and Lisbon. Prices start from £5,116 per person for a standard balcony cabin (based on two sharing).
Highlights for Spirit of Adventure include:
· A 22-night all-inclusive Athens and the Greek Islands cruise departing on 17 April 2024 from Portsmouth, which, for the first time for Saga, will visit Hydra with its picturesque amphitheatre of stone mansions built in the 18th and 19th centuries by merchant captains. Nowadays, celebrities, artists and the yachting set are drawn to the island with its combination of traditional and glamorous bars and restaurants. Other highlights from the cruise include a visit to the small fishing village of Katakolon, which is considered the gateway to the mystical site of Ancient Olympia. This tour will visit the site where the first Olympiad was held in 776 BC and the Temple of Zeus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Athens is also included in this cruise with a visit to the Acropolis and a drive past Constitution Square, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Olympic Stadium. The ship also stops in Argostoli from where you can visit Fiskardo village for lunch with a view towards Ithaki. Prices start from £6,114 per person for a standard balcony cabin (based on two sharing).
· A 12-night all-inclusive Scandinavian Gems cruise departing Dover on 30 May 2024 (also repeated on Spirit of Discovery on 4 August 2024). This cruise will visit Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, Germany and Norway and some of their lesser-known ports, including, for the first time, Gudhjem in Bornholm, Denmark. This tiny fishing port with a population of around 750 people has a cosy atmosphere and plenty of shops, boutiques and cafes. Guests can also explore the island of Bornholm or take the ferry across to the fortress island of Christiansø. This cruise will also visit Klaipeda in Lithuania with its German and Scandinavian architecture, lovingly restored half-timbered buildings, and beautiful local countryside. Guests will also have the chance to visit Copenhagen, home to three Royal Palaces, and the Aarhus Museums. Den Gamle By (the old town) is one of the finest open-air museums in Europe and provides a glimpse into Danish life through the centuries, while the AROS Museum is a vast Art Museum with a large collection of works. A stop in Gothenburg includes a vintage tram ride to the Hagg District, one of the oldest neighbourhoods, with well-preserved houses lining the cobbled streets. Prices start from £3,018 per person for a standard balcony cabin (based on two sharing).
· For Christmas, Spirit of Adventure will be heading to the Caribbean from Portsmouth on 6 December 2024 for a 30-night all-inclusive cruise. The Festive Celebrations in the Caribbean cruise will include: Barbados with its lively Capital of Bridgetown; St Lucia with the Piton mountains and Creole culture; Grenada the ‘Isle of Spice’; the lesser-knownDominica with lush rain forests, gorges and waterfalls; the tiny island of Nevis; Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands and the ever-popular island of Antigua, where the ship calls in Christmas Eve. Christmas Day will be spent at sea and Spirit of Adventure will anchor off Funchal to see the New Year in. Prices start from £8,106 per person for a standard balcony cabin (based on two sharing).
Saga has also been delighted with the response from its advanced registration guests to a new Israel and Ancient Egypt cruise, which is already nearly full. Guests are able to register in advance with the cruise line to ensure they secure their first choice of itinerary and cabin. This 24-night cruise departs Dover on 9 September 2024 and will visit Gibraltar, Syracuse (Sicily), Souda (for Chania in Crete), Rhodes Town (Rhodes), Antalya (Turkey), Paphos (Cyprus), Ashdod (Israel), Haifa (Israel), Alexandria (Egypt), Valletta (Malta) and Ceuta (Spain) before returning home. There are limited cabins still available, so guests wishing to secure this cruise should call Saga on 0800 051 3355 to enquire about availability.
Also back by popular demand are a range of seven short round-Britain cruises. These include: Spring in Southern Ireland, departing on April 8 on Spirit of Discovery and visiting Bantry Bay and Cobh (prices from £1,147 pp); two Guernsey, Isles of Scilly and the Cornish Coast cruises departing on Spirit of Adventure on 11 June and Spirit of Discovery on 5 July 2024 (prices from £1,182 pp), and a Summertime in the British Isles cruise departing 16 June on Spirit of Adventure (prices from £2,676 pp).
And, of course, Saga guests can also choose from a range of other popular cruises throughout the year to destinations such as the USA, the Mediterranean, Norway (and the Northern Lights), Africa, the Caribbean and the Canary Islands.
In addition to the complimentary chauffeur service, Saga’s boutique ocean cruises are all-inclusive with no hidden costs on-board either. Saga Cruises come with all dining and house drinks including a selection of cocktails, draft beers and lagers, wines, spirits, mixers and soft drinks. New for 2023 and in response to guest feedback, a selection of premium label spirits are also available at no additional cost. Wi-Fi, gratuities, fitness facilities, 24-hour room service, sightseeing tours in selected ports, entertainment (from lectures to recitals to shows), porterage of luggage, shuttle buses to nearest town centres and travel insurance are also included.
Guests can view and book these 2024 cruises at saga.co.uk/2024-cruises or by calling 0800 051 3355.
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