The Saga Pearl II is the perfect ship for those looking for the splendour and grace of a traditional cruise. There is a real emphasis on quality service, with staff continually going out of their way to ensure you are comfortable and fully looked after.
A relaxed, casual vibe ensures you can fully relax throughout your trip, with the formal evenings also giving you the opportunity to dress up and impress. The Saga Pearl II’s loyal clientele return again and again, thanks in no small part to the highly sociable atmosphere and classic, sophisticated elegance.
The Saga Pearl II is a graceful ship, decorated and presented in a traditional cruising style. It carries no more than 449 passengers, all of whom can enjoy its elegant teak decks and polished rails.
You can experience Saga’s incomparable service before even arriving on-board, thanks to the complimentary chauffeur service of up to 250 miles for sailings from Southampton and Dover. Alternatively, passengers are offered rail travel, domestic flights with transfers or free car parking, all included in the fare.
After a busy day’s sightseeing on one of the spectacular Saga excursions, there is nothing better than returning to your own private, blissful cabin space to relax, unwind and indulge. Although smaller than her compatriot, the Saga Sapphire, the Pearl II loses nothing in terms of accommodation space. Saga never ask you to compromise, providing a range of bright, spacious cabins in which to escape.
Presented in a typically nautical style, each deceptively spacious cabin offers exceptional storage and all the modern amenities you could desire. The accommodation consists of many different categories, designed to meet the varied requirements of the ship’s clientele. A unique and highly valued feature of the Pearl II is the 57 single-occupancy cabins that carry no additional supplement.
Incredibly, these rooms do not suffer in terms of size, offering the same expansive space as the doubles, with some even boasting balconies, and all with the same amenities as other cabins. Other accommodation options include the Grand Suites. These are sizeable suites of a massive 725 square foot, offering everything you would need for refined, private living. There’s a separate bedroom with double bed, and a living area with sofa, dining table, and chairs. The tiled bathroom has a large tub, separate shower, and plenty of storage space for toiletries.
There are 34 other suites measuring 269 square feet, which again offer a separate bedroom fitted with twin beds, and a living room with sofa, dining table, and chairs. The standard cabins come as both Interior and Outside-View, and measure an ample 140 square foot. Equally stylish in decoration, these suites come stocked with a mini-bar of complimentary drinks.
Meals on the Saga Pearl II are an open dining and seating affair. You are welcome to arrive at any time throughout the evening, and will be seated alongside your fellow guests for an evening of exquisite cuisine and delightful ambience. A fixed reservation can be made with the Maître d’, if you are eating with family or friends, but in the main expect a sociable dining experience shared with other passengers.
One of the signature approaches to dining that is taken on Saga cruises is to adapt the menu to the places you are visiting. By taking inspiration from the local area, you are ensured a diverse and highly delicious blend of enchanting cuisines.
The main Dining Room is a sophisticated and stylish venue, with large, ocean-view picture windows that create a bright, engaging space. Waiter service is available every mealtime, as you are given the opportunity to sample from the varied, highly refined chef-prepared menu. The wine list has been specifically designed to complement the food, with a range of options available to suit even the most discerning of palates.
For a more casual experience, there is the Verandah Restaurant. With the option to dine both inside and out, you are also given the opportunity to choose between self-serving buffet and waiter-served dinner. Either way, you are guaranteed a fantastic array of dishes to choose from, freshly prepared, that you can enjoy whilst looking out over the pool and open Boat Deck area.
For evening entertainment, head to The Discovery Lounge, which as well as a fabulous drinking spot, also acts as the ship's theatre. An open, welcoming space, it has the capability to seat all 449 passengers without ever feeling cramped. For an evening that can shift from casual drinks to explosive choreographed productions, it really is the place to be for exceptional entertainment.
In keeping with the ship itself, expect the classic cruise ship selection, with singing, dancing and even highly talented and sophisticated string quartets. Most cruises will also feature visiting performers from major productions on the stage, including the West End. During the day, you can also be treated to a daily programme of fun activities, with competitions in shuffleboard and golf putting regularly held by ship staff.
A 20-seat cinema, which is also used for exercise classes and quizzes, will typically screen two films each and every day, enabling you to escape from the hustle and bustle to relax and unwind.
Expect visiting guest lecturers to come on-board during longer cruises too, for engaging talks on a range of interesting topics that can either be experienced in person, or live on the in-cabin televisions. Most exciting perhaps, and why Saga receives such praise for customer service, are the surprise "magic moments" that they spring upon guests. These will never be publicised in advance, and are unique to each travelling party. Expect a spectacular show whatever the occasion, and a treat that will likely be linked directly to the destinations you are visiting.
To create an immersive and truly opulent spa experience, Saga have teamed up with leading aromatherapy skincare brand, Decléor. Expect ultimate relaxation and pure pampering from the highly talented beauty therapists on-board.
Choose from an array of tempting treatments, all of which utilise the exclusive essential oils and natural ingredients found in Decléor. Try facials, massages, manicures, tailored wellbeing programmes and special treatments just for gentlemen.
There are plenty of facilities you can use free of charge during your cruise too. These include the heated indoor pool, sauna and solarium. There is also a fully-equipped gymnasium, to help you stay healthy and energised before experiencing the rejuvenating spa treatments available.
Whether you are looking to get active or simply relax, there is plenty to do aboard the Saga Pearl II. With the ship reserved exclusively for adults you can expect a sophisticated and tranquil experience. Activities can range from quizzes and talks, to painting and photography classes, letting you learn and enjoy your time in a relaxed and highly peaceful environment.
The Saga Pearl II boasts a library containing a collection of more than 3,000 books, with more per guest than any other classic cruise line on the water. The library is the ideal spot to nestle down with a great book or newspaper and simply feel indulged. With a number of destination books, you can also plan your adventures in advance, or borrow a DVD for a comfortable afternoon’s watching in your personal cabin space.
Outside on the Sun Deck, expect outdoor games that can include shuffleboard, deck quoits and sets on the short tennis court. To keep truly active throughout your trip, take part in daily exercise classes, make use of the fully-equipped gym and take a deep in one of two swimming pools. There are a number of classes to take part in, including yoga and Pilates, or you can try your hand at golf putting or bowls.
The ship’s two pools are deep and popular, filled with a filtered seawater and both inside and outside to meet weather requirements. The ship also has a boutique selling a range of items from toiletries and confectionary, to perfumes, jewellery, souvenirs, giftware, clothing, alcohol and cigarettes – all tax free!