Saga Pearl II Review and Specifications
Specifications of Saga Pearl II
|Builder||Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (Kiel, Germany)|
|Building cost||USD 55 million|
|Speed||20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph|
|Length (LOA)||164 m / 538 ft|
|Beam (width)||22 m / 72 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||18627 gt|
|Passengers||446 - 506|
|Decks with cabins||6|
Review of Saga Pearl II
Launched in 1981 as ms Astor, Saga Pearl II is one of the Saga Cruises ships, together with Saga Sapphire. The ship cost US $55 million to build and was last refurbished in 2012.
History - construction & ownership
Saga Cruises (Saga Shipping) is a British based cruise line, division of Saga Group. By purchasing Saga Rose, the Group decided to start operations of holiday branch. The ship operated as Saga Cruises flagship until in 2005 her similar ex-fleetmate Saga Ruby was bought from Cunard Line. For the 2003 summer Saga Cruises chartered mv Minerva (built in 1989), which sailed as Pearl. Saga Rose was retired after her final 37-night Mediterranean voyage. Subsequently, the ship was laid up at Gibraltar and later scrapped in China. Saga Ruby departed for Gibraltar out of Southampton for the last time on Jan. 10, and was handed over to her new owners on Jan. 13, 2014. Currently Saga Cruises operates Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl II.
The 18,627-ton, 602-passenger cruise ship Saga Pearl II embarked on her first voyage for Saga Holidays in March 2010. In May 2012 the ship was renamed as Quest for Adventure, and in November 2013 back to Saga Pearl II. The vessel carries up to 602 guests and her tiny size ensures specially relaxed and intimate ambience onboard. In addition to a range of amazing new cruise destinations, passengers might look forward to all the classic cruising traditions of superb dining, first-class amusement and attentive service on Saga's liner.
Cruise itinerary program
Saga Pearl II itinerary program is based on round-trip cruises from the UK ports Dover and Southampton to the Norway Fjords, Mediterranean, Canary Islands, and even South America with Transatlantic crossings.
Saga Pearl II cruise ship features 126 twin staterooms, 42 double rooms and 25 twin or king-size staterooms. There are 20 cabins that have balconies, while 9 staterooms offer French verandas. A great selling point for solo passengers: Saga Pearl II has enormous 60 single staterooms, which is nearly 25% of the total number of cabins.
Dining options - Food & Drinks
Brought to the dining table is the taste of all Saga Holidays destinations, as experienced chefs shop all fresh ingredients while in port, in order to serve fantastic food with local flavor. The Dining Room features ocean-view picture windows, restful decor and dark wood panelling. There is a single, open seating at tables for 4, 6 or 8. Two small wings, each with one 12-seat table, can be used for small groups. Self-serving buffets for breakfast and lunch, as well as a casual alternative to dinner in the Main Dining Room, can be enjoyed in the Verandah Restaurant, which overlooks the open deck area and the aft pool.
Follows the complete list of Saga Pearl II restaurants and food bars.
- Main Dining Room
- The Verandah.
Entertainment options - Fun & Sport
Saga Holidays has found out what are the really important things to adventure cruisers. One of them are the excursions which get travelers close to the sights. This way you can snorkel along coral reefs, explore Mayan ruins, or head off on 4×4 adventure through the desert. Some excursions are included on each cruise. There will also be a great number of optional excursions, or an opportunity to independently explore new places all around the world. Mountain bikes are provided onboard, free to borrow while in port. Passengers who are curious and keen to learn more, will be glad to know that Saga Cruises invites guest speakers who are experts, to bring to life with lectures and presentations the destinations visited by travelers.
Follows the complete list of Saga Pearl II lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- Sundown Bar
- The Discovery Lounge; Shop; Library; Card Room; Chart Room; Ward Room; Cinema
- Treatment Rooms; Hair&Beauty Salon; Sauna; Indoor Pool; Outdoor Pool
- Sun Deck and Barbecue area
- Gym; Tennis Court.
Saga Pearl II wiki
- Accident reports and news CruiseMinus.com
- Cabin grades number: 26
- Total number of cabins: 253 (of which 36 Suites, 20 Balcony, 60 Single)
- Dining Rooms: the Dining Room (waiter service).
- Restaurants and food bars: Verandah restaurant (al fresco; buffet-style breakfast and lunch, waiter served dinner), Chart and Ward Rooms (private dining with the Captain and senior officers for 14 guests).
- Lounges & Bars: Discovery Lounge (enjoy afternoon tea with sugar sculptures and crafted cakes; dance classes; presentations), Sundowner Bar, Shackleton's Bar (live music), Card Room.
- Spa and Beauty Salon, Sun Deck with outdoor games (shuffleboard, deck quoits, short tennis court), gym, 2 pools, complimentary 24-hour room service, library, cinema, shop.
- Saga Pearl II cruise ship was known as mv Astoria (link to the CMV ship) until November 2009, when acquired by Saga to replace the Saga Rose ship (1965). The new owner spent over GBP 20 million on refits and renovations - the most expensive refurbishment project in the company's history. In 2012, the vessel was renamed "Quest for Adventure", then "Saga Pearl 2" again in November 2013, when received the line's logo on the funnel. Her fleetmate is Saga Sapphire.
- Between 2005 and 2013, Saga Cruises established a second brand - “Spirit of Adventure Cruises”. This line's fleet consisted of the Spirit of Adventure ship (now MS Berlin) and Quest for Adventure (Saga Pearl 2).
- Saga Pearl 2 is equipped with 4 Sulzer-Wartsila marine diesel engines, with total power output 15,400 kW. To reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gases (carbon footprint), the vessel's hull is coated with a special silicone paint.
- Saga cruise passengers are 50-60+ , mainly British. This typical UK cruise ship is adults-only (child-free environment).
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Saga Pearl II Itineraries 2017
The below listed Saga Pearl II cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Saga Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|22 Mar||Departing from Dover, England|
|25 Mar||Lisbon, Portugal|
|28 Mar||Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands|
|29 Mar||Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands|
|30 Mar||La Gomera, Canary Islands|
|01 Apr||Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal|
|04 Apr||Horta, Faial Island, Azores|
|05 Apr||Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores|
|09 Apr||Brest, France|
|11 Apr||Arriving in Dover, England|
|20 Aug||Departing from Dover, England|
|24 Aug||Gibraltar, UK|
|26 Aug||Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain|
|28 Aug||Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy|
|29 Aug||Port Mahon, Menorca Island, Spain|
|30 Aug||Barcelona, Spain|
|31 Aug||Valencia, Spain|
|02 Sep||Malaga, Spain|
|03 Sep||Seville, Spain|
|08 Sep||Arriving in Dover, England|
|24 Sep||Departing from Southampton, England|
|28 Sep||Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal|
|29 Sep||Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands|
|30 Sep||Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands|
|01 Oct||Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands|
|02 Oct||Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands|
|04 Oct||Lisbon, Portugal|
|07 Oct||Arriving in Southampton, England|
|07 Oct||Departing from Southampton, England|
|10 Oct||Porto, Portugal|
|12 Oct||Malaga, Spain|
|14 Oct||Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain|
|16 Oct||Gozo Island, Malta|
|17 Oct||Valletta, Malta|
|21 Oct||Venice, Italy|
|22 Oct||Zadar, Croatia|
|23 Oct||Dubrovnik, Croatia|
|25 Oct||Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy|
|28 Oct||Gibraltar, UK|
|01 Nov||Arriving in Southampton, England|
|01 Nov||Departing from Southampton, England|
|05 Nov||Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal|
|06 Nov||Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands|
|07 Nov||Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands|
|10 Nov||Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde|
|11 Nov||Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde|
|14 Nov||Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands|
|17 Nov||Lisbon, Portugal|
|20 Nov||Arriving in Southampton, England|
|20 Nov||Departing from Southampton, England|
|25 Nov||Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal|
|27 Nov||Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands|
|28 Nov||Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands|
|29 Nov||Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands|
|01 Dec||Cadiz, Spain|
|02 Dec||Portimao, Portugal|
|03 Dec||Lisbon, Portugal|
|05 Dec||La Coruna, Spain|
|06 Dec||Aviles, Spain|
|08 Dec||Arriving in Southampton, England|
Saga Pearl II Itineraries 2018
The below listed Saga Pearl II cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Saga Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|08 Jan||Departing from Southampton, England|
|12 Jan||Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal|
|13 Jan||Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands|
|16 Jan||Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde|
|18 Jan||Banjul, Gambia|
|19 Jan||Dakar, Senegal|
|22 Jan||Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands|
|24 Jan||Portimao, Portugal|
|25 Jan||Lisbon, Portugal|
|28 Jan||Arriving in Portsmouth, England|
|28 Jan||Departing from Portsmouth, England|
|31 Jan||Lisbon, Portugal|
|02 Feb||Tangier, Morocco|
|03 Feb||Casablanca, Morocco|
|05 Feb||Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands|
|06 Feb||Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands|
|07 Feb||Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands|
|09 Feb||Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal|
|12 Feb||La Coruna, Spain|
|14 Feb||Arriving in Portsmouth, England|