Saga Pearl II

Saga Pearl II Review and Specifications

Specifications of Saga Pearl II

Year built1981  /  Age : 37
Flag state Bahamas
Builder(HDW) Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (Kiel, Germany)
Building costUSD 55 million
OwnerSaga PLC
OperatorSaga Cruises
Speed20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph
Length (LOA)164 m / 538 ft
Beam (width)22 m / 72 ft
Gross Tonnage18627 gt
Passengers446 - 512
Crew252
Passengers-to-space ratio36
Decks7
Cabins253
Decks with cabins6
Last Refurbishment2012
Former namesMV Astoria, Quest for Adventure, Saga Pearl 2

Review of Saga Pearl II

Launched in 1981, Saga Pearl 2 cruise ship is one of Saga Cruises vessels - together with the fleetmate Saga Sapphire.

NEWS: Saga Pearl 2 and Saga Sapphire will both be withdrawn from service (leave the fleet) after the two new Saga cruise ships - Spirit of Discovery (2019) and Spirit of Adventure (2020) - are delivered.

History - construction & ownership

Saga Cruises (Saga Shipping) is an UK-based company, division of Saga Group. By purchasing Saga Rose, Saga Group started its passenger shipping operations. The boat operated as flagship until 2005 when was added Saga Ruby (bought from Cunard Line). For the 2003 summer Saga Cruises chartered mv Minerva (built 1989), which was renamed Saga Pearl. Saga Rose was retired after a final 37-night Mediterranean voyage. Subsequently, the ship was scrapped in China. Saga Ruby departed for Gibraltar out of Southampton for the last time on Jan. 10, and was handed over to the new shipowner on January 13, 2014.

Saga Pearl II cruise ship

Saga Pearl 2 was previously known as mv Astoria (link to the CMV ship) until November 2009, when acquired by Saga UK to replace MS Saga Rose (1965). The new owner spent over GBP 20 million on refits and renovations - company's most expensive refurbishment project. In 2012, the vessel was renamed "Quest for Adventure", then "Saga Pearl 2" again in November 2013, when received company's logo on the funnel.

Between 2005 and 2013, Saga Cruises established a second brand - “Spirit of Adventure Cruises”. Its fleet consisted of the ship Spirit of Adventure (now MS Berlin) and Quest for Adventure (Saga Pearl 2).

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.

The ship's last cruise itinerary for Saga Cruises will be a 54-night voyage to Africa, leaving from Portsmouth UK on February 16, 2019. Among the African ports of call are Banjul, Luanda, Luderitz, Maputo, Walvis Bay. Saga Pearl II will be replaced by the new ship Spirit of Discovery.

Cabins

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.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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 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).
  • In early June 2017, Saga Cruises confirmed that Saga Pearl 2 leaves the fleet in 2019. The last voyage of Saga Pearl II is a 54-night cruise to western, southern and eastern Africa. The ship sails from Portsmouth on February 16, 2019. The voyage includes calls at cruise ports seldom visited by cruise liners, like BanjulLuandaLuderitzMaputoWalvis Bay.

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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.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Dover cruise port

19 June 201817 nights / 18 days, round-trip Celebrations in the Mediterranean
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19 Jun      Departing from Dover, England   
23 Jun 08:00 - 22:00     Cadiz, Spain   
25 Jun 08:00 - 17:00     Ibiza, Ibiza Island, Spain   
26 Jun 08:00 - 16:00     Port Mahon, Menorca Island, Spain   
27 Jun 09:00 - 20:00     Saint-Tropez, France Riviera   
28 Jun 08:00 - 17:00     Marseille, France Riviera   
29 Jun 08:00 - 17:00     Palamos, Spain   
30 Jun 08:00 - 17:00     Tarragona, Costa Daurada, Spain   
02 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Gibraltar, UK   
06 Jul      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

08 August 201813 nights / 14 days, round-trip Western Skies and Scottish Isles
Prices starting
from $2099
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08 Aug      Departing from Dover, England   
09 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Jersey, St Helier, Channel Islands   
11 Aug 08:00 - 22:00     Bristol, Avonmouth, England   
14 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Campbeltown, Scotland   
16 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Scrabster, Scotland   
18 Aug 08:00 - 20:00     Edinburgh, Leith, Scotland   
21 Aug      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

02 October 201810 nights / 11 days, round-trip Scenic Scandinavia
Prices starting
from $1919
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02 Oct      Departing from Dover, England   
04 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Amsterdam, Holland   
05 Oct     Kiel Canal, Germany   
06 Oct 03:00 - 23:00     Kiel, Germany   
07 Oct 08:00 - 18:00     Sonderborg, Als Island, Denmark   
08 Oct 08:00 - 18:00     Hundested, Zealand Island, Denmark   
09 Oct 08:00 - 18:00     Goteborg, Gothenburg, Sweden   
12 Oct      Arriving in Dover, England   

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Dover cruise port

12 October 201818 nights / 19 days, one-way from Dover to Portsmouth
Prices starting
from $2883
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12 Oct      Departing from Dover, England   
15 Oct 11:00 - 19:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
18 Oct 08:00 - 12:00     Barcelona, Spain   
20 Oct 08:00 - 19:00     San Remo, Italy   
21 Oct 08:00 - 20:00     Livorno, Florence-Pisa, Italy   
22 Oct 08:00 - 20:00     Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy   
23 Oct 13:00 - 20:00     Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy   
25 Oct 08:00 - 16:00     Cartagena, Spain   
26 Oct 09:00 - 17:00     Gibraltar, UK   
30 Oct      Arriving in Portsmouth, England   

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Portsmouth cruise port

30 October 201814 nights / 15 days, round-trip Flavours of the Canaries
Prices starting
from $2283
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30 Oct      Departing from Portsmouth, England   
03 Nov 13:00 - 16:00     Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal   
05 Nov 09:00 - 23:00     Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands   
06 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     La Gomera, Canary Islands   
07 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands   
10 Nov 08:00 - 16:00     Porto, Leixoes, Portugal   
13 Nov      Arriving in Portsmouth, England   

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Portsmouth cruise port

13 November 201817 nights / 18 days, round-trip The Moorish Mediterranean
Prices starting
from $2802
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13 Nov      Departing from Portsmouth, England   
16 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
18 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Tangier, Morocco   
19 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Melilla, Spanish Morocco   
21 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Algiers, Algeria   
22 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Port Mahon, Menorca Island, Spain   
24 Nov 08:00 - 22:00     Motril, Spain   
25 Nov 08:00 - 23:00     Malaga, Spain   
26 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Ceuta, Spanish Morocco   
30 Nov      Arriving in Portsmouth, England   

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Portsmouth cruise port

30 November 20184 nights / 5 days, round-trip Amsterdam Escape
Prices starting
from $652
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30 Nov      Departing from Portsmouth, England   
01 Dec 15:00 - 01 Dec     IJmuiden, Holland   
03 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Zeebrugge, Bruges, Belgium   
04 Dec      Arriving in Portsmouth, England   

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Portsmouth cruise port

04 December 20186 nights / 7 days, round-trip Festive Hamburg
Prices starting
from $753
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04 Dec      Departing from Portsmouth, England   
06 Dec 08:00 - 20:00     Bremerhaven, Bremen, Germany   
07 Dec 17:00 - 17:00     Hamburg, Germany   
10 Dec      Arriving in Portsmouth, England   

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Portsmouth cruise port

10 December 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Scandinavian Festive Delights
Prices starting
from $1107
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10 Dec      Departing from Portsmouth, England   
12 Dec 14:00 - 12 Dec     Oslo, Norway   
14 Dec 11:00 - 20:00     Copenhagen, Denmark   
15 Dec     Kiel Canal, Germany   
17 Dec      Arriving in Portsmouth, England   

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Portsmouth cruise port

17 December 201818 nights / 19 days, round-trip Christmas in the Canaries
Prices starting
from $3568
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17 Dec      Departing from Portsmouth, England   
21 Dec 08:00 - 18:00     Cadiz, Spain   
23 Dec 17:00 - 23 Dec     Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands   
25 Dec 16:00 - 25 Dec     Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands   
27 Dec 08:00 - 18:00     Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands   
29 Dec 08:00 - 12:00     Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal   
31 Dec 23:00 - 17:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
04 Jan      Arriving in Portsmouth, England   

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Saga Pearl II Itineraries 2019

The below listed Saga Pearl II cruise prices on 2019 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.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Portsmouth cruise port

17 December 201818 nights / 19 days, round-trip Christmas in the Canaries
Prices starting
from $3568
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17 Dec      Departing from Portsmouth, England   
21 Dec 08:00 - 18:00     Cadiz, Spain   
23 Dec 17:00 - 23 Dec     Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands   
25 Dec 16:00 - 25 Dec     Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands   
27 Dec 08:00 - 18:00     Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands   
29 Dec 08:00 - 12:00     Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal   
31 Dec 23:00 - 17:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
04 Jan      Arriving in Portsmouth, England   

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Portsmouth cruise port

04 January 201914 nights / 15 days, round-trip Canary Island Delights
Prices starting
from $1989
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04 Jan      Departing from Portsmouth, England   
07 Jan 13:00 - 23:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
10 Jan 08:00 - 22:00     Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands   
11 Jan 08:00 - 18:00     Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands   
12 Jan 08:00 - 23:00     Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands   
13 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands   
16 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Ferrol, Spain   
18 Jan      Arriving in Portsmouth, England   

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Portsmouth cruise port

18 January 201915 nights / 16 days, round-trip Spanish Morocco and Andalusia
Prices starting
from $2484
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18 Jan      Departing from Portsmouth, England   
22 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Ceuta, Spanish Morocco   
23 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Melilla, Spanish Morocco   
25 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain   
26 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Algiers, Algeria   
27 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Cartagena, Spain   
28 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Malaga, Spain   
30 Jan 09:00 - 17:00     Vigo, Spain   
02 Feb      Arriving in Portsmouth, England   

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Portsmouth cruise port

02 February 201913 nights / 14 days, round-trip The Canaries in Bloom
Prices starting
from $2122
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02 Feb      Departing from Portsmouth, England   
06 Feb 08:00 - 17:00     Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal   
07 Feb 12:00 - 20:00     Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands   
09 Feb 08:00 - 18:00     Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands   
10 Feb 08:00 - 17:00     Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands   
13 Feb 09:00 - 18:00     La Coruna, Spain   
15 Feb      Arriving in Portsmouth, England   

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Portsmouth cruise port

16 February 201954 nights / 55 days, round-trip South African Farewell Adventure
Prices starting
from $9650
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16 Feb      Departing from Portsmouth, England   
20 Feb 08:00 - 13:00     Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal   
21 Feb 09:00 - 16:00     Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands   
24 Feb 08:00 - 18:00     Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde   
26 Feb 08:00 - 18:00     Banjul, Gambia   
05 Mar 08:00 - 18:00     Luanda, Angola   
10 Mar 07:00 - 10 Mar     Cape Town, South Africa   
13 Mar 08:00 - 18:00     Port Elizabeth, South Africa   
14 Mar 08:00 - 18:00     East London, South Africa   
16 Mar 08:00 - 14:00     Maputo, Mozambique   
17 Mar 07:00 - 22:00     Richards Bay, South Africa   
18 Mar 08:00 - 13:00     Durban, South Africa   
23 Mar 08:00 - 16:00     Luderitz, Namibia   
24 Mar 09:00 - 18:00     Walvis Bay, Namibia   
28 Mar 08:00 - 18:00     Saint Helena Island, Jamestown, UK   
03 Apr 08:00 - 18:00     Dakar, Senegal   
06 Apr 08:00 - 18:00     Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands   
09 Apr 12:00 - 20:00     Ferrol, Spain   
11 Apr      Arriving in Portsmouth, England   

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