An interview with Captain Nick Sunderland

Ben Gibson

As he was making his final preparations to take command of Saga Pearl II, we caught up with Saga’s new master Captain Nick Sunderland.



As he was making his final preparations to take command of Saga Pearl II, we caught up with Saga’s new master Captain Nick Sunderland about a special voyage sailing next November…

An unforgettable 42-night voyage

“I’m so excited to be at the helm for the Grand Caribbean Adventure. There’s so much to see and discover, where do I start? Many of these ports I know very well from my years at sea, sailing around the Caribbean on ships based at the home port of Fort Lauderdale. Also, my family will be sailing with me on this voyage, and it’s going to be fantastic for all of us.”

Canarian Coasts

“Our first port, Santa Cruz on the Canary Island of Tenerife, will be our goodbye to Europe before heading west across the Atlantic. It’s a great way to get ready for the sunshine of the Caribbean – the chance to relax on the beaches or just enjoy the sunshine (hopefully!) before we make that famous crossing across the pond.”

Going Dutch

“I’m excited about calling at Curaçao – for ten years I sailed with a Dutch-owned cruise line, so I got quite a taste for their dishes such as frikandel sausages and erwtensoep pea soup. And I know there are Dutch colonial influences everywhere, so hopefully I can try some of those again.”

Headed for Havana

“I can’t deny, the country I’m looking forward to the most is Cuba. It’ll be a first for me.

I’m mad about cars, so seeing the vintage Cadillacs driving around the streets of Havana will be wonderful, and we have two ports, Havana and Santiago de Cuba, with three days in total on the island. Having heard and read so much about this place, I can’t wait to see it all for myself!”

Under the sea

“Grand Turk is beautiful, a real paradise, and I’ve spent many days snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters, swimming above beautiful reefs with stunning tropical fish and Nurse sharks. If you’re yet to try snorkelling, you must give it a go.”

Sailing to St Lucia

“St Lucia offers such a good ‘sail in’ – past the iconic Pitons mountains – and then into a fairly narrow channel leading into the harbour. Luckily a smaller ship like Saga Pearl II can manage no problem. The attraction of this island has to be the rainforests, but I’m also hoping to visit Saga’s hotel, Bel Jou, for a taste of Saga life on land.”

Beautiful Barbados

“I just can’t wait to return to this island. It’s really like a little piece of the UK in the sunshine. It’s another of the ports where we’ll be mooring overnight too, so a fantastic opportunity for our guests to explore all of Bridgetown or head for those world-famous beaches. Sadly, it’ll be our last taste of the Caribbean before sailing homeward bound. But what an adventure!”

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