Press release

Saga Rose & Saga Ruby - The new 2006 Cruise Collection

Friday 2 September 2005

Saga Rose and Saga Ruby will again be visiting Falmouth as part of their 2006 cruise season. The sister ships, owned and operated by Saga, specialists in travel for people aged 50 and over, have both visited Falmouth in 2005, with Saga Rose being in port today.

Captain Philip Rentell, said: "As a Cornishman myself, I am very pleased to bring one of Saga’s ships into Falmouth. We have been given a warm welcome here and it's wonderful that we are able to offer our customers the opportunity to visit this beautiful county. Popular excursions include The Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Artistic St Ives and a panoramic drive through the villages and countryside of Cornwall.

"We are also delighted to announce that we have two cruises departing in November, 2005 aboard Saga Rose and Saga Ruby, where passengers can now embark and disembark in Falmouth as well as Southampton. The cruises set sail from Falmouth to the Caribbean and South America for the perfect winter escape, where passengers can enjoy stunning beaches, a tropical climate and a relaxed, colourful culture."

Caribbean Reverie save up to 25%

28 nights departing Falmouth Nov 3, 2005 aboard Saga Ruby

Prices start from 2659 per person based on two people sharing a J grade cabin.

Discover St Lucia, Trinidad, Barbados and Antigua on this delightful cruise. Highlights include Ponta Delgada, the capital of Sao Miguel, the largest island in the Azores, beautiful Barbados and the flower-strewn island of Madeira. This cruise is made even more enjoyable by the personalities and entertainers who will join passengers on board, including television presenter Chris Tarrant, broadcaster Sir Jimmy Young and legendary jazz trumpeter Kenny Ball.

Latin American Rhapsody- save up to 25%

30 nightsdeparting Falmouth Nov 15, 2005 aboard Saga Rose

Prices start from 3056 per person based on two people sharing a J grade cabin.

This fascinating cruise is now all-inclusive, with all meals and selected drinks included in the price. Discover an array of tropical paradise islands, effervescent Central American cities and outstanding wildlife havens. Highlights onboard include The outstanding natural beauty of Belize Havana, the capital of Cuba Beautiful Bermuda.

Savings are off the full fares and are dependent on your chosen cabin grade and are subject to availability.

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New for 2006

Round Britian cruises are included in Saga's range of innovative cruises for 2006 and both ships will be calling in at Falmouth. Saga Rose and Saga Ruby offer elegant public rooms and high standards of service and comfort.

Captain Rentell said "In her first season, Saga Ruby has proved to be a popular addition to Saga Rose. She offers our passengers a classic cruise experience in elegant, contemporary surroundings, with the welcoming atmosphere, great value and excellent service that our guests expect."

In her second season under Saga colours, several new itineraries will be added to Saga Ruby’s calendar. The Canals and Capital Cities and the Christmas in the Holy Land cruises both see the ship visiting new destinations, including Ymuiden for Amsterdam and Haifa for Jerusalem.

Saga Rose will visit Haifa and the ancient treasures of Libya, alongside perennial favourites such as the Baltic and Norwegian fjords. Visits into the Arctic Circle promise iceberg and polar bear spotting opportunities.

Both ships are offering a range of themed cruises, featuring guest lecturers and expert speakers on subjects ranging from Food and Wine, Classical Music and Gardens, to Natural History, Explorers of the New World and Archaeology.

"The variety of destinations and experiences offered by both Saga Rose and Saga Ruby is outstanding" continues Captain Rentell "I am confident that there will be an itinerary to suit every taste within our 2006 range."

Saga Ruby- East Coast USA

34 nights full fares from 4749 per person based on May 7 2006 departure.

Book early for discounts of up to 25% - discounted prices start from 4036* per person (*Price based on two people sharing a J-grade cabin).

Sailing from Southampton, Saga Ruby visits the unspoilt islands of the Azores, the pink coral beaches of Bermuda and vibrant Nassau in the Bahamas en route to the East coast of North America. Saga Ruby then sails from Miami to Portland calling at the fascinating cities of Savannah, Charleston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, lively New York and Boston before heading back to the UK. During the cruise expert lecturers onboard will provide passengers with information about American history and the American Civil War.

Saga Rose-Egypt and the Mediterranean

23 nights full fares from 3099 per person based on April 23 2006 departure. Book early for discounts of up to 25% - discounted prices start from 2944* per person (*Price based on two people sharing a J-grade cabin).

Starting in Southampton Saga Rose heads for Haifa, via the moorish town of Cadiz, beautiful Palermo and Heraklion. From Haifa passengers can visit the Holy City of Jerusalem to see the Tomb of David, Mount Zion and the Dome of the Rock. During a stop at Alexandria passengers will be able to enjoy an overnight stay in Cairo to see the Pyramids, Sphinx and the National Archaeological Museum. Saga Rose then makes two stops in Libya, in Benghazi and Tripoli where passengers can visit the Temple of Zeus and Leptis Magna, before the ship heads back to Southampton via Malta and Lisbon.

Saga Ruby-Baltic Capitals

13 nights full fares from 1999 per person based on June 14 2006 departure.

Book early for discounts of up to 25% - discounted prices start from 1599* per person (*Price based on two people sharing a J-grade cabin)

Starting in Dover Saga Ruby heads for St Petersburg, passing through the beautiful city of Stockholm, and Finland’s first city, Helsinki. Passengers have the opportunity to visit the Hermitage and see a Russian ballet during the ship’s stay in fascinating St Petersburg. Tallinn is the next port of call followed by Warnemunde, from where passengers have the chance to explore Berlin’s highlights including the Bradenburgh Gate and Schwerin Castle, before the ship heads back to Dover via Copenhagen and Oslo.

Saga Rose- Icelandic Odyssey

14 nights full fares from 2329 per person based on July 9 2006 departure.

Book early for discounts of up to 25% - discounted prices start from 1979* per person. (*Prices based on two people sharing a J-grade cabin)

Departing from Dover, Saga Rose heads for Iceland via picturesque Falmouth and the exuberant city of Dublin. Stops in Akureyri and Isafjord allow passengers to see the unmissable Godafoss Waterfall and encounter clear lakes, geothermal activity and placid blue waters. During the stop at Reykjavik passengers can visit Hveragerdi, the village built on hot springs. Following Reykjavik Saga Rose visits the Faroe Islands and Lerwick, the northernmost town in the British Isles, on Shetland’s largest island, before heading for Dover, making two more stops in Norway on the way home.

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The itineraries for Saga Rose and Saga Ruby can be found on Saga's website: www.sagaholidays.co.uk/cruising. For further information or to book, call Saga Holidays free on 0800 056 5880.

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All Saga cruises include:

Insurance and cancellation cover; All port taxes; All meals on board, entertainment and 24 hour room service; All gratuities on board; Private luxury car service for passengers living within 75 miles of their departure port or airport, OR return travel by rail or coach or car parking nearby; All visas; Porterage of luggage at port.

Saga Ruby and Saga Rose were originally built as sister ships, known as Vistafjord and Sagafjord. The two sisters have been reunited under Saga colours in 2005.

Photography of both ships is available on request.

Saga holidays and cruises are exclusively for people aged 50 and over. A travelling companion may be aged 40 plus.

Saga holidays and cruises are only available direct and not from travel agents.

quoted are per person and based on 2 people sharing a J grade, two bedded inside cabin with bath, shower and WC. All prices are subject to availability.

Discounts of up to 25% depend on chosen cruise and cabin grade, and subject to availability.

For further press information please contact the Saga Press Office on: 01303 771118.

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