Whether it is Sydney or Singapore, Antigua or Athens, Cairns or Curacao, Saga Rose's Round the World Cruise in 2008 is sure to be a voyage of wonderful and striking contrasts.
Departing on January 5, 2008 Saga Rose begins her spectacular 100-night journey of differing experiences, sensations and sight unrivalled by any other holiday experience.
By the time Saga Rose returns to Southampton on April 15, she will have visited a total of 33 different ports of call on an east-to-west voyage covering some 32,000 nautical miles.
Beginning her adventure en route to South America, Saga Rose's first port of call will be the sun-kissed islands of Madeira and Antigua before navigating her course through the Panama Canal and onto the vibrant Ecuadorian city of Manta, famed for its Playa Murcielago beach.
The ship, which has a passenger capacity of 587, will then head towards Callao for an excursion to the Peruvian capital of Lima before a six day voyage onto Easter Island - the world's most remote inhabited island - and then to meet the descendents of the mutineers from The Bounty who live on Pitcairn Island three days later.
After pausing en route in Tahiti, Saga Rose will cruise to New Zealand for stops in Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland and the Bay of Islands - one of the country's most beautiful regions with 150 islands set in warm azure waters.
Thereafter passengers can marvel as she makes a majestic entrance into Sydney harbour before heading up the east coast of Australia to the Whitsunday Islands and Cairns where an optional excursion will leave for a visit to the Great Barrier Reef.
The beautiful beaches of Ambon Island, Indonesia, spectacular Hong Kong and the bustling ambience of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam will be next on the extensive itinerary as Saga Rose charts her course down through the South China Sea en route to cosmopolitan Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. She will then enter the Bay of Bengal for stopovers in the colourful Sri Lankan capital of Colombo and the home of India's vibrant Bollywood film industry, Mumbai.
Highlights of the Middle East section of the voyage will be a visit to the ruins of the palace reputed to have been home to the Queen of Sheba in Salalah, Oman, and also a visit to the remarkable remains of the Treasury, Street of Facades and the Temenos Gate in Petra in Jordan. The day after passengers can relax on the golden beaches of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt before heading to Suez to join an optional excursion to the pyramids.
After cruising the 110-mile Suez Canal, Saga Rose will head to the Greek capital Athens, rich in history, and the fortified Maltese city of Valletta before making her homeward journey to Southampton via Cadiz and Lisbon.
Bookings are now being taken for this superb adventure, with prices starting from 12399 per person including all meals, travel insurance and cancellation cover, UK mainland travel and free onboard credit of up to 600. Private car up to 250 miles, return first class rail travel to Southampton, coach travel, UK connecting flights or car parking are also included.
The Round the World cruise 2008 will be the 11th such voyage that Saga Rose has undertaken under the Saga flag.
If you do not have time for the full world cruise a number of shorter options are available. There is also the opportunity to extend your holiday in New Zealand, Sydney and Hong Kong and/or take and overland tour in New Zealand, Australia and the Galapagos Islands.
For further information on Saga's cruises, visit our web site and book online at www.saga.co.uk/travelshop or call 0800 056 5880 to request a brochure.
Saga Holidays are for people aged 50 and over. A travelling companion may be aged 40 or over.
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