Press release

Spirit of Adventure ventures beyond the tourist trail with its new season of exploration cruising for 2008

Friday 27 July 2007

Escape to destinations beyond the tourist trails and see the world with Spirit of Adventure, as it launches its new collection of cruises for 2008.

Sailing between January and October 2008, Spirit of Adventure has launched 13 new cruises exploring exotic and exciting destinations throughout the world ranging from the stunning Chilean fjords to the remote Gulf of Bothnia. There is also plenty of choice closer to home with the ship visiting locations across the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the UK.

White Nights in the Gulf of Bothnia

A highlight of the season will be Spirit of Adventure's 14-night 'White Nights in the Gulf of Bothnia' itinerary. This unique cruising experience departs Harwich on 17 July 2008 and ventures to the untouched Gulf of Bothnia, a northern area of the Baltic Sea, located between Sweden and Finland. Embarking on a voyage towards the 'midnight sun', Spirit of Adventure will give passengers a exclusive opportunity to visit ports seldom accessible by larger cruise ships – such as Lulea in Sweden and Vaasa in Finland. Prices start from 1,889 per person.

Rhythms of Cuba and the Caribbean

Experience the colourful sights and sounds of a 15-night* cruise around Cuba and the Caribbean . Departing on April 2 2008, passengers enjoy the energy and atmosphere of Cuba before heading to Jamaica, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Dominican Republic. This superb voyage finishes with visits to Nevis, Dominica and finally Barbados. A range of excursions are included, for example city tours to Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Charlestown, Nevis, while optional excursions include the UNESCO World Heritage Site of San Pedro de la Roca in Cuba, a bamboo rafting adventure in Jamaica and the flora and fauna of the Andromeda Botanical Gardens in Bridgetown, Barbados. Prices start from 2,505 per person.

The Soul of Central America

Embark on an adventure with Spirit of Adventure on 4 March 2008 to unveil the natural splendours and history of 'The Soul of Central America'. Encompassing the diverse wildlife, majestic landscapes and spectacular forests of Costa Rica, Panama and more, this 16-night** exploratory itinerary also includes a memorable daytime cruise along the magnificent Panama Canal. A selection of excursions incorporate the Mayan ruins of Tazumal, the 16th-century town of Grenada and the Congo Canopy trail. Prices start from 3175 per person.

Expedition to the Ancient World

The ancient world will come alive on Spirit of Adventure’s 14-night 'Expedition to the Ancient World'. The ship sails to a host of captivating ports in both Adriatic and Aegean waters, and unveils some of the world’s foremost ancient sites including Butrint, Olympia, Delphi, Athens, Knossos, Ephesus and Troy. Departing 4 September 2008, prices start from 2519 per person.

The Hidden Black Sea

Sailing from Turkey on 18 September 2008, this 14-night cruise goes beyond the well-travelled tourist route, to call at many lesser-known ports clustered around the Black Sea, including Batumi in Georgia and Trabzon in Turkey. In addition, Spirit of Adventure will uncover the historical treasures of ancient cities such as Yalta in the Ukraine and Nessebar in Bulgaria. Prices start from 2659 per person.

Celtic Legends

Spirit of Adventure is proud to be supporting the National Trust in 2008 by devising a selection of inspiring themed cruises from which the National Trust projects will financially benefit. A highlight of this partnership is the 'Celtic Legends' tour, a cruise structured around the story of a great country estate. Spirit of Adventure's seven-night cruise, departing 11 June 2008, will focus on the countryside, houses, gardens and cities of Ireland before continuing on to the breath-taking Isles of Scilly. Rachel Hunt, the House and Collections Manager at Cotehele, will be the guest speaker onboard to help unfold the estate's tale of heroism, intrigue, romance, ghosts, and more recently, conservation. Prices start from 1214 per person. The cruise is open to both members and non-members of the National Trust.

All cruises include a series of meticulously planned shore excursions, which delve deeper into the historical, cultural and architectural surroundings of each destination visited. In addition, each day of exploration is further enhanced by a comprehensive programme of lectures led by expert guest speakers on board. The topics covered include archaeology, history, local traditions and food and wine.

A key feature of Spirit of Adventure's 2008 programme is the opportunity to experience adventurous new activities or indulge in a favourite pastime. Designed to complement the overall cruising experience, activities available include wine tasting, scuba diving, watercolour lessons, language classes and archaeological trails.

* includes one night aboard aircraft

** Includes two nights aboard aircraft

For further information on Spirit of Adventure cruises, visit our web site and book online at www.spiritofadventure.co.uk

or call 0800 300 432 to request a brochure.

Notes to editors

All prices based on two people sharing an inside cabin. Price includes:

* Return scheduled or charter flights, plus all airport taxes, fees and charges.

* All meals on board and entertainment, travel insurance and cancellation cover.

* All gratuities on board and a choice between two excursions in every port.

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Spirit of Adventure is a division of Saga Group offering discovery cruises for over 21's. Spirit of Adventure carries only 352 passengers and her small size means she can call at many ports that larger ships cannot.

Each cruise is enhanced by a series of onboard lectures and an included excursion programme letting you really gain an insight into the places you visit rather than just pass through them.

For further press information please contact the Saga Press Office on: 01303 771118.

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