23,569 nautical miles, 30-plus ports of call in 19 countries
From Angel Falls to Antarctica - via Rio's Carnival
Booked your 2007 summer holiday? Saga is already urging 2008 bookings to avoid disappointment for what promises to be one of the cruises of the decade.
Saga Ruby's Grand South American Voyage - an unforgettable 83-night adventure covering more than 23,500 nautical miles - doesn't actually start until next year, however when people take a look at the amazing itinerary, demand is sure to be high.
Her Grand South American Voyage is a clockwise circumnavigation, by way of the Beagle Passage and the Panama Canal, of the entire Latin American continent. Calling at more than 38 ports in nearly 20 different countries, the itinerary includes a cruise on the Orinoco river.
Fares start from 9,299* this includes all meals on board, entertainment, insurance, cancellation cover, UK mainland travel to and from Southampton and even all onboard gratuities.
Saga Ruby leaves Southampton on January 5 - accompanied for the first leg of her voyage by sister ship Saga Rose - and heads for Madeira and on to Dakar, Senegal. A day in Porto Grande, in the Cape Verde Islands, breaks the transatlantic voyage and, eight days after leaving Africa, Saga Ruby will be cruising the Orinoco River.
Passengers' first South American landfall is at Puerto Ordaz, in Venezuela, where a full 24-hour stay allows time for an excursion to the awe inspiring Angel Falls, followed the next day by a few hours on the notorious Devil's Island, the penal colony made famous by Henri Charriere's novel Papillon.
An Amazonian experience is then followed by a series of calls at Brazilian ports, including the historic cities of Belem, Fortaleza and Salvador, before Saga Ruby docks in Rio de Janeiro - in the middle of Carnival!
The excitement of Rio is followed by the sophistication of Buenos Aires (Argentina), the beaches of Montevideo (Uruguay), and the resolute ruggedness of Port Stanley, "capital" of the Falkland Islands.
Some 40 hours later, and Saga Ruby's passengers make the first of four calls in Antarctica. Arctowski is a Polish Antarctic station in operation since 1977, Waterboat Point affords a chance for an ice-walk among the penguins, Port Lockroy, Goudier Island is a former secret British military base and home to a far-flung post office, and Half Moon Island is home to colonies of chinstrap penguins and seals, and is perfect for whale-watching.
The Grand South American Voyage then heads north again, to Ushuaia, Argentina, the world's most southern town, through the Beagle Passage and up the west coast of the great continent past the majestic Chilean fjords. Ports-of-call include Valparaiso, for the chance to visit Chilean capital Santiago; Callao, the gateway to Lima, Peru; and Guayaquil, in Ecuador, whilst some passengers will take the opportunity to visit the fascinating Galapagos islands on an excursion.
Saga Ruby then transits the 50 miles of the Panama Canal and calls in on Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia before arriving at the first of her Caribbean island destinations, Curacao. A full day's break on Venezuela's Margarita Island is followed by visits to St George's in Grenada and Bridgetown, Barbados.
Final port-of-call is Ponta Delgada in the Azores, and Saga Ruby finally returns to the UK, completing her epic voyage on the morning of March 28 2008.
* based on a J grade, inside, 2-bed cabin.
All excursions mentioned optional, at an additional cost and are subject to availability.
Saga holidays are exclusively for people aged 50 and over, a travelling companion may be aged 40 or over.
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