Saga Pearl II Review and Specifications
Specifications of Saga Pearl II
|Year built||1981 / Age : 39|
|Builder||(HDW) 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 - 512|
|Decks with cabins||6|
|Former names||Saga Pearl 2, Quest for Adventure, Astoria, Arkona, Astor|
Review of Saga Pearl II
Launched in 1981, Saga Pearl 2 cruise ship was one of Saga Cruises 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 Saga Pearl 2 and Saga Sapphire were both withdrawn from service (left the fleet) after the two new ships - Spirit of Discovery (2019) and Spirit of Adventure (2020) were delivered.
History - construction and 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 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.
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 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) 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.
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.
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 (2002-10, for Transocean Tours), Saga Pearl II (2010-19, 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 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|
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 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|
13-days "The Canaries in Bloom" - from GBP 1980 pp
|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|
54-days World Cruise from UK ("South African Farewell Adventure") with prices from GBP 9650 pp
|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|
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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