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Review of Saga Cruises

Earlier in 2009, Saga cruise line was scheduled to take ownership of Astoria. The refurbishment of Astoria, built in 1981, underwent £14 million pound, before reborning as Saga Pearl II. The upgrades include a new Veranda Restaurant; addition of new balcony cabins; creation of a library; makeover of spa and two swimming pools; uphip provides 126 twin cabins, 25 twin or king-size cabins, 42 double cabins. Twenty of the cabins are with balconies; nine cabins- French balconies. The greatest selling point for travelers who are solo: Saga Pearl II has sixty single cabins- almost a quarter of the total cabins’ number (253)! The vessel reflects Saga Cruises trademark ambiance and style with traditions as afternoon tea and ballroom dancing. It’s staff is crew and officers from Saga Rose and the cruise ship maintains residency in Southampton and Dover, offering cruises to the Canaries, Baltic and Mediterranean of seven to twenty-four nights.

Saga Cruises offers a sea travel vacation experience that is classic, elegant and comfortable. Passengers are able to choose from today’s 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.

When you are not out or it is one of those lazy days at sea on-board Saga’s ships, you will be surprised by the great number of on-board 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. While away the day and relax with new and old friends, or look for some quiet time in ships cosy areas. Other diversions include the beauty salon and spa- go for a pampering treatment or a massage; the gym- go for a refreshing yoga course; a well-stocked library with thousands of books. Another choice is using one of the computers and keep in touch with family and friends.

In the evenings on-board Saga cruise ships, heading to the next destination before dining, enjoy an aperitif in ships’ bars, or work up with pre-dinner dance classes. In formal nights (one for a week-long cruise, two for 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 some of the selected Saga cruises 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 of Saga’s ships you choose- each mealtime is going to be 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 waiter-served meal, the buffet on-board 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 if you are on-board Saga Ruby; in the main restaurant- enjoy cooked-to-order lunch!

Afternoon tea is a cruising tradition on Saga cruise ships which offer tempting cakes, pastries, sandwiches… really hard to resist! Dinner is usually the highlight of the day- it is always waiter served, one sitting, sometimes offering six courses- distinctly refined. A talented team led by Executive Chef is available on-board Saga cruise ships, so you can look forward to tempting meals prepared with the finest 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 soufflés, tarts, pavlovas, exquisite petits fours. The best of all is that you will never feel rushed to end your meals or have to wait guests, as flexible arrangements make sure you dine any time between seven p.m. and nine p.m.

Use Saga free shuttle bus service if you want to explore independently- the shuttle will take you to the nearest city centre or town. The service is available 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 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 on board and Saga staff will book the preferred tours for you, if available. Join organized tours- a great way to see the sights! Saga excursions include transport, entrance fees, services of English-speaking guide. 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 a 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.

Itinerary of Saga Cruises

Saga Holidays in Europe – different side to Italy and Spain

Saga Holidays offers Saga Itineraries specialized in travel for over 50s, has more than 60 years’ experience of holidays provided to explore riches in Europe. Saga Cruises, of course, is still coming up with new offers.

Saga itinerary – Discovering St James’ Way

A discovery of ancient pilgrims’ route is the highlight of one of Saga’s new holidays- it runs from southern France over 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 Logroño, Burgos, León. For 12 nights, prices start at £899. Among the many inclusions are additional cancellation cover and travel insurance, all breakfasts, ten dinners. You will be accompanied by experienced Saga manager throughout.

Saga itinerary – Naples to Apulia

Saga Cruises’ offer is colors of the South ninety-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 Italian way of life. You will stay in four throughout the tour- five-star hotels on half-board basis. Enjoy the glorious views of the bay while in Naples; visit Unesco World Heritage; listed dwellings in Apulia region; enjoy naturally heated spa thermal waters at Ischia hotel. As on many Saga holidays, prices start at £949 and single rooms – 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 money-saving elements that are included on Saga holidays.

Saga Cruises Tours in the US, 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 in the world and however you want to travel, there’s a good chance that Saga Cruises will help. Unlocking 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.

Saga 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 has 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.