Start Your Saga Cruise in Effortless Style
If you live within 75 miles of Dover or Southampton, your own personal chauffeur will collect you from your home, load your luggage and drive you to your ship. If your home address is between 76 and 250 miles away from port, you’ll be driven in a shared service with up to three other guests; a fantastic way to meet fellow passengers and start to make new friends.
The Choice is Yours
If you prefer to drive yourself to Dover or Southampton, free parking is included in your price; alternatively, you may prefer to request flights from your local airport, go by train or take a coach. There’s no luggage allowance to consider, either, meaning you won’t have to choose what to leave behind.
Once on board, you’ll understand why Saga’s two liners, the Sapphire and the Pearl II, are so beloved by guests. Indeed, 99 per cent of passengers described their cruise as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’. And with two staff to every three guests, you can be assured of a truly personal service of an exceptionally high standard. Both Saga’s ships boast fine dining, excellent entertainment and grand public rooms, along with well-planned itineraries.
Spacious, Welcoming Living Space
On both the Sapphire and the Pearl II, you are invited to choose between standard cabins, outside cabins, superior cabins and suites. Accommodation on the Sapphire has undergone extensive renovation as part of a multi-million pound refit; their average size of 220 square feet is around 50 more than the industry standard. In addition, the ship boasts 44 cabins specifically for the solo traveller. The well-appointed cabins and suites on the Pearl II are designed in a stylishly nautical fashion.
All cabins benefit from air conditioning, an en-suite bathroom, dressing table and flat screen television as standard, amongst a host of other features. Superior cabins benefit from the same along with a window or porthole, French doors or balcony and good views of sea or port. Guests in the suites will enjoy a full butler service, minibar with selected drinks, flowers and canapes. All accommodation has a 24-hour room service facility for meals, snacks and refreshments.
Solo Traveller? No Problem!
Saga specialises in creating cruises with the needs of the solo traveller in mind; every effort is made to ensure that the Sapphire and the Pearl II have a friendly atmosphere to put single people at their ease. There is provision for many specifically designed solo traveller cabins and no single supplements on double cabins. You’ll enjoy a Sailaway cocktail party and Singles Mingle drinks alongside fellow guests who are also travelling alone.
A Varied Schedule of Entertainment
You’ll find plenty to keep you entertained during your time on board Sapphire and Pearl II, with an extensive selection of free lectures, quizzes, dance classes and entertainment. Get your adrenaline pumping in the gym, play a deck game or borrow an iPad to keep in touch with friends and family back home.
Keep Fit, Kick Back
A walk around the Promenade Deck on Sapphire is a fantastic way to enjoy the fresh air, or enjoy a round of crazy golf at St Andrew’s on the top deck. Sapphire is home to the luxurious Aqua Spa with its range of treatments plus heated pool, sauna and steam room.
An Array of Options
Pearl II boasts its own cinema, showing classic films and the latest releases, while its own boutique offers a selection of tax free perfumes, jewellery, giftware and clothing. The ships each have their own libraries where you can relax with a good book, or why not simply head to a quiet corner to watch the world go by and take a moment for yourself? Evenings on board Sapphire or Pearl II offer plenty of thrilling options, from cocktail parties and cabaret shows, to classical recitals and casual dinners.
All-inclusive Meals, All Day
All of your meals are complimentary with Saga, whether you’re having a light bite or a fine dining experience. On Sapphire, restaurants include Pole to Pole, specialising in cuisine from Africa, Asia, Europe or the Americas, or you can indulge in mouth-watering Asian gastronomy at East to West. Alternatively, head to the Verandah and Grill for more casual fayre.
On Pearl II, the main Dining Room features a waiter service at every mealtime, with large ocean view windows and an open approach to seating, enabling you to socialise with other guests. Of course, it is also possible to request a fixed table for dinner if you prefer. Also on board Pearl II is the informal Verandah with a choice of buffet meals, waiter-served dinners and al fresco barbecues.
Sit at the Captain’s Table
You may be lucky enough to be asked to dine with the Captain in the Chart and Ward Rooms which seat just 14 people. Don’t forget room service is also available at any time of the day or night.
Make the Most of Your Time Ashore
An extensive menu of shore excursions is included in each cruise itinerary; these will be sent to you six to eight weeks in advance, allowing you to plan and book your trips in plenty of time. This can be done online or by filling in a booking form and sending it back. Some tours do have limited availability so it’s advisable to reserve your place in advance, though both ships have a Travel and Tours desk where you can book onto excursions during your voyage.
Rule Britannia with Saga
Once you’ve sailed with Saga for more than 35 nights, you’ll become a member of the Britannia Club. There are different tiers depending on how frequently you travel, from bronze through to silver, gold, sapphire and diamond. Each level gives you different benefits, from a regular newsletter to a free cruise.
Saga’s speciality cruises have already proven to be hugely popular – and there’s no doubt you’ll be just as delighted with your choice.