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When a cruise brochure warns that parts of the itinerary are "subject to ice conditions" - in the middle of August - it's a clear sign of a holiday with a real difference.
The Greenland Voyager cruise aboard Saga Rose takes in 5225 nautical miles of the most northerly reaches of the Atlantic Ocean for this natural history themed cruise, including fascinating lectures from experts. Prices for the 17 night voyage start from 2,754* per person including all meals on board, entertainment, insurance and even gratuities.
The cruise, aboard Saga Rose, sets out from Dover on August 6, and sails for Cobh, Ireland, gateway to the elegant Georgian city of Cork and to the 15th Century Blarney Castle.
From that point on, destinations become distinctly different. Next port-of-call is Qaqortoq. Set on the southernmost tip of Greenland, this intriguing town is the base for helicopter tours of the country's vast inland ice-cap.
Saga Rose then makes her way north to Disko Bay, an extraordinary Arctic Circle seascape of icebergs and glaciers, and on to Greenland's capital, Nuuk, for a spot of bird- or humpback whale-watching.
The cruise itinerary continues through the Cape Farewell Passage - which is where those "ice conditions" hold sway - to Reykjavik, the uber-trendy capital of Iceland - where passengers can choose to experience geological marvels such as lava formations, bubbling geysers and hot springs.
After a day at sea, passengers experience the contrasting timelessness of the Faroese capital Torshavn, a tiny community with more puffins than people. Final port of call is Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands, which, because of a succession of remarkable archaeological finds, have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Passengers have the opportunity to visit the pre-historic village of Skara Brae and the stone age Ring of Brodgar
Saga Rose returns to Dover on August 23rd.
Saga's first ship, Saga Rose took her inaugural voyage with Saga in 1997. The elegant yet comfortable ship has a capacity of 587 guests with a total crew of 350 so guests are assured of attentive service. Fine dining is a key part of the experince as is entertainment with night shows, dancing in the nightclub and an onboard cinema.
Price based on a J grade, inside, two bed cabin
Any excursions mentioned are optional and at an additional cost
Saga holidays are exclusively for people aged 50 and over, a travelling companion may be aged 40 or over.
Saga holidays are only available direct and not through travel agents.
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