With over 50 years experience of organising holidays for discerning travellers aged 50 and over, Saga is committed to providing the highest standards of service from the moment you book direct with them, right through every aspect of your holiday wherever in the world you sail to. Cruising aboard any of the Saga ships is a unique experience and offers a certain style of cruising that has proved very popular with guests. They take care of all the details leaving you free to relax and enjoy yourself on your well-earned holiday. Their success is based on personal service, attention to detail, and continual response to the suggestions of holiday-makers. From the imaginative itineraries and shore excursions to the daily programme of activities, vibrant nights of entertainment, and meticulously prepared menus – every aspect of each cruise has been carefully planned.
One of the thrills of any cruise is the prospect of waking up in a new country or port of call each day. Saga can boast of a diverse selection of itineraries and destinations, spanning all seven continents, including the ultimate holiday — a round-the-world cruise. From the icy wilderness of the Arctic and the historic capitals of Europe, to the glittering cities of the USA and spectacular scenery of Australasia, you can embark on an adventure of discovery. Perhaps pick a cruise to northern Europe for a truly memorable time and witness some of the world’s most remote and unspoilt scenery, or escape to the Canary Islands, the perfect haven for you to get away from the British winter and enjoy the year-round summer climate. For a more cultural expedition, immerse yourself in the romantic lifestyle of the Mediterranean, exploring sun-baked cities, exquisite art, and mouth-watering cuisine. Saga also offers a range of cruises which take in the elegant cities of the Baltic with their resplendent architecture, fairy-tale charm, and strong maritime history. Further afield, you could float off to the Caribbean where paradise comes to life on beaches of swaying palms, powdery white sand, and clear blue waters. You can also enjoy bespoke adventures with their Explore Ashore team. Join Saga and discover a world of new experiences.
Unlike with some other cruises, you do not need to pay extra for certain features when you sail with Saga, making them fantastic value for money!
- A chauffeur service to the port up to 250 miles each way† or included car parking, domestic flights (subject to availability), coach, or rail travel
- Optional travel insurance
- Included sightseeing excursions on select cruises
- A balcony cabin aboard Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Adventure
- All meals, snacks, and daily afternoon tea
- Speciality dining
- All-inclusive drinks#
- All onboard ‘tips’ and bar service charges
- A full programme of live music, entertainment, and talks
- Gym, sauna, and exercise classes
- 24-hour room service
- Welcome sailaway party with complimentary drinks
- Unlimited tea, coffee, and fruit juices in selected venues
- Porter-age of luggage at the port
- Shuttle bus at most ports^
- …and so much more!
With these excellent benefits and first-class service, Saga guests can expect more right from the start. It’s no wonder they keep returning time and again to these exclusive boutique ships.
Entertainment & Activities
Cruising is as much about the voyage itself as the many fascination destinations you travel to. From the moment you step aboard, you will be made to feel welcome by friendly staff, each of whom is committed to providing outstanding standards of service. From Leisurely days to sparkling nights, the daily activities and entertainment cater for a varied spectrum of tastes, and each evening the public rooms take on their own special atmosphere. During your days at sea, you can be as active or relaxed as you wish – perhaps start your day with an early morning jog around the deck or enjoy breakfast in bed; spend the afternoon being pampered in the beauty salon or attend an interesting lecture given by experts after lunch alfresco on the Lido Deck; and in the evening, following a sumptuous meal in the Dining Room, you can savour a West End-style show, dance to lively jazz bands, or relax to the soothing tones of a classical recital. A cruise with Saga promises all this and more.
Saga ships have wide open decks where you can soak up to sun or sit and watch the world go by. If you are feeling more active, perhaps take a dip in the pool or enjoy a workout in the gym. For those seeking pampering and indulgence, the beauty salon offers a wide range of treatments, as well as a health spa with sauna, Jacuzzi and massage rooms. Alternatively perhaps make use of the Computer Learning Centre, or take a quiet moment in the well-stocked library.
Saga cruises feature a diverse selection of entertainers, including a resident theatre company with an impressive repertoire that extends to a wide variety of performances in the Grand Ballroom. This is also the venue for the Captain’s Cocktail Party, when the Master of the ship invites all passengers to toast the start of their cruise. Meanwhile, there are other great venues aboard for dancing to live music performed by the resident band and DJ. However, if you would prefer a quieter evening, you can enjoy late-night cocktails in the Britannia Lounge or you may wish to adjourn to the cinema to watch the latest Hollywood releases.
98.8% of Saga cruise goers who answered the question “How did you rate the level of service provided by dining room staff?” rated the dining room service either ‘excellent ‘ or ‘good’, thanks to an experienced team of courteous waiters and knowledgeable sommeliers. You can look forward to dining of the highest quality as Saga’s teams of accomplished chefs work tirelessly to prepare and devise imaginative menus and tantalising dishes using only the finest fresh ingredients, much of which are home-grown. If you have any special requirements, our staff and chefs will make every effort to cater for your needs. Please advise at time of booking.
From morning until night, each meal is an occasion to savour, and a wide variety of dishes is complemented by the elegant surroundings of the Dining Room. Anticipate exquisite flavours and fine wine onboard — you will be spoilt for choice when presented with menus featuring both traditional and contemporary cuisine. Chefs will also purchase produce overseas when the ship is in port so that they can prepare speciality dishes to provide a taste of the place you visit. In addition, take your pick from a wide selection of wines to complement your lunch or evening meal. Saga takes time to source the latest vintages and find new, more unusual wines to accompany classic varieties form around the world, always ensuring that they meet the highest standards.
Dine in classic cruising tradition and start your day with tea or coffee brought to your cabin before you enjoy a leisurely breakfast, which you can choose from an extensive buffet or be served at your table. Alternatively, if you prefer, take advantage of the 24-hour room service and have breakfast whilst relaxing in your cabin. On fine days you can enjoy the sunshine and fresh air by eating alfresco, and even help yourself to a tempting spread of sandwiches, pastries, scones and cakes when you succumb to the midnight buffet on the Lido Deck. Afternoon tea is another great cruising tradition and you can look forward to sampling delicious cakes and fresh scones with your tea in the Ballroom. Your evening meal is the gastronomic event of the day, served at one leisurely sitting in the elegant Dining room and sometimes stretching to six courses. Alternatively, venues like View restaurant offers a more intimate option to the main Dining Room. Many passengers like to dress up for the evening, which may begin with drinks in the stylish Britannia Lounge. On formal nights, of which there are usually one or two a week, a formal dress code applies on board. On embarkation you are allocated a table for dinner for the duration of your cruise. Details of table reservations will be in your cabin on arrival.