Press release

Top garden designer joins list of guest celebrities on Saga Cruise

Thursday 22 June 2006

London 18th May: The creator of SAGA Insurance's stunning Chelsea Flower Show garden is the latest horticultural expert to join an impressive list of guest speakers on SAGA Holidays' luxury cruises for 2006.

Cleve West will meet passengers on Saga Rose's 'Ancient Wonders of the Mediterranean' cruise on 31st October to talk about his in-depth knowledge and 20 years' experience of contemporary garden design. The award-winning designer's work has featured on several garden makeover shows including the BBC's Small Town Gardens. He also writes a regular column for the Independent Magazine.

Cleve will be joined on the 21-night cruise by herb garden specialist Jekka McVicar. Jekka, recently crowned "Queen of herbs" by Jamie Oliver, has published four successful books and makes regular appearances on TV and radio. Part of the SAGA Insurance Chelsea Flower Show garden was inspired by Jekka's vast range of herbs.

Cleve and Jekka's agreement to become guest lecturers on a SAGA cruise is another high-profile addition to SAGA's celebrity speakers list which already includes BBC's Ground Force presenter Charlie Dimmock, the Flying Gardener Chris Beardshaw, acclaimed gardening writer and radio personality Professor Stefan Buczaki and photojournalist and broadcaster John Negus.

SAGA Group Chief Executive Andrew Goodsell said: "There is a strong focus on good quality entertainment on all of our cruises and gardening is a particularly popular theme with our customers. I am very pleased that Cleve and Jekka have agreed to join this cruise, it will be a good opportunity for Saga customers to benefit from their experience and know-how and to pick up some handy tips on garden design."

The 'Ancient Wonders of the Mediterranean' cruise leaves Southampton on 31st October 2006 and takes in ports-of-call including Cadiz, Palermo, Heraklion, Alexandria (for Cairo), Benghazi, Tripoli, Valletta and Lisbon. Prices start from 2634 per person.

Meanwhile, Charlie Dimmock, Chris Beardshaw, Stefan Buczaki and John Negus will all speak onboard Saga Ruby on the Caribbean Reverie cruise. The 29-night cruise leaves Southampton on 14th November and offers the perfect escape from the British winter weather on the stunning beaches of Trinidad, Barbados, and St Lucia, among others. Prices start from 2811 per person.

Spaces are also available on the Highlights of the British Isles tour with Saga Rose which leaves on August 23rd. Excursions from the unique 13-night cruise feature a visit to Cornwall's Eden Project and the Edinburgh Tattoo. The itinerary also includes Guernsey, Cobh, Liverpool, Orkney Islands and the Isle of Skye. Prices start from 1559 per person.

This year SAGA also has a superb range of land-based holidays for keen gardeners including destinations across the UK, Europe, the Far East, Africa and South America - featured in the SAGA Gardens Calendar. All holidays are accompanied by an expert horticultural host to ensure passengers get the most out of their trip. The brochure includes the Malvern Show holiday, which takes in the Malvern Autumn Garden and Country Show and a visit to the National Arboretum and Abbey House Gardens. The 349 price includes half board and entry to the show and two gardens.

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