Saga Pearl II

Former names: Saga Pearl 2, Quest for Adventure, Astoria, Arkona, Astor

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Saga Pearl II last location was at Aegean Sea (coordinates 37.95110 N / 23.54714 E) cruising The AIS position was reported 2 months ago.

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Specifications of Saga Pearl II

Year built1981  /  Age: 41
Flag state Malta
Builder(HDW) Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (Kiel, Germany)
Building costUSD 55 million
Speed20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph
Length (LOA)164 m / 538 ft
Beam (width)22 m / 72 ft
Gross Tonnage18627 gt
Passengers446 - 512
Passengers-to-space ratio36
Decks with cabins6
Last Refurbishment2017
Sister-shipsCMV Astor
Former namesSaga Pearl 2, Quest for Adventure, Astoria, Arkona, Astor
OwnerSaga PLC
OperatorSaga Cruises

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The 1981-built Saga Pearl 2 cruise ship was one of Saga Cruises' old vessels - together with the fleetmate Saga Sapphire. Vessel's sistership is CMV Astor (1987-built). Saga Pearl 2 and Saga Sapphire were both withdrawn from service (left the fleet) after the two new ships - Spirit of Discovery (2019) and Spirit of Adventure (2020) were delivered.

In July 2020, Saga Sapphire was sold to / acquired by ANEX Tours (Turkey's largest travel agency/tour operator). The 39-year-old liner (to be renamed "Blue Sapphire") starts operations for ANEX Tours in 2021.

History - construction and ownership

Saga Cruises (Saga Shipping) is a 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 шд 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.

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Saga Pearl 2 was named "MV Astoria until November 2009, when was acquired by Saga UK to replace MS Saga Rose (1965). The new shipowner spent over GBP 20 million on refits and renovations - the 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 (now Dream Goddess)) 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 especially 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 was a 54-night voyage to Africa, leaving from Portsmouth UK on February 16, 2019. Among the African ports of call were Banjul, Luanda, Luderitz, Maputo, Walvis Bay. Saga Pearl 2 was replaced by the new ship Spirit of Discovery.


Saga Pearl II has a total of 253 cabins (of which 36 Suites, 20 Balcony, 60 Single) in 26 grades. 9 staterooms offer French verandas. A great selling point for solo passengers: Saga Pearl II has enormous single staterooms, which is nearly 25% of the total number of cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and 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 flavour. 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
  • Verandah restaurant (al fresco; buffet-style breakfast and lunch, the waiter served dinner), Chart and Ward Rooms (private dining with the Captain and senior officers for 14 guests).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Saga Holidays has found out what are the really important things to adventure cruisers. One of them is the excursions which get travellers close to the sights. This way you can snorkel along coral reefs, explore Mayan ruins, or head off on a 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 travellers.

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Follows the complete list of Saga Pearl II lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Discovery Lounge (enjoy afternoon tea with sugar sculptures and crafted cakes; dance classes; presentations)
  • Sundown Bar; Shackleton's Bar (live music)
  • The Discovery Lounge; Shop; Library; Card Room; Chart Room; Ward Room; Cinema
  • SPA and Treatment Rooms; Hair & Beauty Salon; Sauna; Indoor Pool; Outdoor Pool; Gym
  • Sun Deck with outdoor games (shuffleboard, deck quoits, short tennis court) and Barbecue area.

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The vessel was launched (floated out from drydock) on December 16, 1980, delivered (as Astor) in December 1981 and entered service on December 14, 1981. During its service history, the ship was operated under the names Astor (1981-85, for HADAG Seetouristik und Fahrdienst AG), Arkona (1985-2002, for Safmarine Container Lines NV), Astoria (2002-2010, for Transocean Tours), Saga Pearl II (2010-2019, for Saga Cruises). In the period May 2012  through November 2013, the cruise ship was named "Quest for Adventure" and operated by Saga's new brand Adventure Cruises.

The shipbuilder HDW (Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft) is currently part of TKMS (ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems) - a subsidiary company fully-owned by ThyssenKrupp AG (German corporation specializing in industrial engineering and steel production). Howaldtswerke (1838-founded shipyard in Kiel Germany) in 1968 merged with Deutsche Werft (Hamburg) forming today's HDW (Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft).

The cruise liner is powered by 4 Sulzer-Wartsila marine diesel engines, with total output 15,4 MW. To reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gases (carbon footprint), the vessel's hull was coated with special silicone paint. Ship's last Captain for Saga Cruises was Nick Sunderland.

Ship's drydock refurbishment in April 2017 was at Damen Shiprepair yard (Vlissingen, Holland). The vessel underwent an extensive hull and superstructure exterior maintenance and was also repainted. Interior renovations included new carpeting in all public areas. Renovations and upgrades were also done in the galley (kitchen), engine room, electrical system.

In early-June 2017, Saga Cruises confirmed that Saga Pearl 2 leaves the fleet in 2019. The last voyage of Saga Pearl II was the 54-night Around Africa cruise leaving out of Portsmouth on February 16, 2019.

Saga cruise passengers are in the 50+ age group, and mainly British. This typical UK ship was operated as an adults-only vessel providing child-free environment. Next is shown ship's last cruise with Saga - 14-day "Canary Island Delights", with prices from GBP 2300 pp.

04 JanDeparting from Portsmouth, England
07 Jan 13:00 - 23:00Lisbon, Portugal
10 Jan 08:00 - 22:00Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
11 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
12 Jan 08:00 - 23:00Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
13 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
16 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Ferrol, Spain
18 JanArriving in Portsmouth, England

Saga Pearl 2 had 3 other scheduled cruises in 2019, but they were all cancelled:

15-days "Spanish Morocco and Andalusia" - prices from GBP 2175 pp

18 JanDeparting from Portsmouth, England
22 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Ceuta, Spanish Morocco
23 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Melilla, Spanish Morocco
25 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain
26 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Algiers, Algeria
27 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Cartagena, Spain
28 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Malaga, Spain
30 Jan 09:00 - 17:00Vigo, Spain
02 FebArriving in Portsmouth, England

13-days "The Canaries in Bloom" - from GBP 1980 pp

02 FebDeparting from Portsmouth, England
06 Feb 08:00 - 17:00Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
07 Feb 12:00 - 20:00Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands
09 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
10 Feb 08:00 - 17:00Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
13 Feb 09:00 - 18:00La Coruna, Spain
15 FebArriving in Portsmouth, England

54-days World Cruise from UK ("South African Farewell Adventure") with prices from GBP 9650 pp

16 FebDeparting from Portsmouth, England
20 Feb 08:00 - 13:00Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
21 Feb 09:00 - 16:00Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
24 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde
26 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Banjul, Gambia
05 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Luanda, Angola
10 Mar 07:00 - 10 MarCape Town, South Africa
13 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Port Elizabeth, South Africa
14 Mar 08:00 - 18:00East London, South Africa
16 Mar 08:00 - 14:00Maputo, Mozambique
17 Mar 07:00 - 22:00Richards Bay, South Africa
18 Mar 08:00 - 13:00Durban, South Africa
23 Mar 08:00 - 16:00Luderitz, Namibia
24 Mar 09:00 - 18:00Walvis Bay, Namibia
28 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Saint Helena Island, Jamestown, UK
03 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Dakar, Senegal
06 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
09 Apr 12:00 - 20:00Ferrol, Spain
11 AprArriving in Portsmouth, England

After the vessel left SAGA UK's fleet, its MMSI number (and flag-state) was changed from 311348000 (Bahamas) to 256878000 (Malta).

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