Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to circumnavigate the globe non-stop single-handedly, is to join Saga Ruby on a cruise around the Mediterranean this November.
Sir Robin completed a second epic circumnavigation in April 2007 aboard 'Saga Insurance' while competing in the VELUX 5 Oceans race. This November he is taking to the ocean again, this time in the more comfortable surroundings of the Saga Ruby, where he will be talking to passengers about his recent adventures.
The renowned yachtsman will join Saga Ruby on her 'A Taste of the Mediterranean cruise',which leaves Marseilles on November 17 to visit Messina and Naples before heading west to Sardinia, Mahon, Cartagena, Malaga, Casablanca, Cadiz and Ferrol.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston commented: "The last time I crossed the Bay of Biscay I was alone and in a small and rather uncomfortable racing machine. This time I am very much looking forward to enjoying the company of the passengers and crew of the Saga Ruby, not to mention the luxuries and fine dining on offer on such a splendid ship!"
Prices for the relaxing 13-night cruise start from 1719* per person, and includes the option to travel to the ship in Marseilles on the new high-speed Eurostar service from London St Pancras station and TGV.
Sir Robin will be onboard Saga Ruby from November 26 until her return to Southampton on November 30. His talks on board will be about his life at sea at his experiences during the 2007 VELUX 5 Oceans race, as detailed in his recently released book, 'Force of Nature'.
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Notes to editors: *Price based on two passengers in a guaranteed inside cabin.
Saga cruises include: Insurance and cancellation cover; All port taxes; All meals on board, entertainment and 24 hour room service; All gratuities on board; All visas; Porterage of luggage at port; Captain’s Cocktail party.
This cruise is all-inclusive - selected drinks included in the price, private car service up to 250 miles depending on chosen cabin grade, Saga escort on the train or flights to Nice with transfers to Marseilles port included. The travel package also includes the option of domestic flights from selected airports (subject to availability).
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* Saga cruises are for people aged 50 and over. A travelling companion may be aged 40 or over.
* All prices quoted are subject to availability and are the lowest available at time of going to press
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