On January 5 2009 Saga Rose will make cruising history when she departs for her 44th Round the World cruise. This cruise will secure her place in the record books by completing more round the world trips than any other – including the QE2.
In recognition of the Commonwealth's 60th anniversary, Saga Rose will call at 21 Commonwealth nations on this unique voyage, enabling all her travellers to enjoy and celebrate their rich cultural heritage and broad scenic diversity.
Saga Rose will leave from Southampton to a spectacular firework display and, over 104 nights, will cover 32,499 nautical miles and visit 39 ports.
Highlights of the cruise include five Caribbean islands (Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia and Jamaica), exotic bird-spotting in Costa Rica's rainforests, visiting the ancient mud city of Chan Chan in Peru, exploring the mysterious Moai statues of Easter Island, looking for crocodiles in Darwin, experiencing a taste of India in Kochi and Mumbai and cruising both the Panama and Suez Canals.
Prices for the full 104 night Commonwealth World Cruise start from £13911^ per person.
Saga Rose's farewell voyage departs Southampton on October 30th, 2009 and encompasses some of the Mediterranean's most popular regions, best-loved cities and impressive sites. Some highlights will include the beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site, plus the stunning cities of Barcelona and Venice, where she will moor overnight.
There will also be a special Saga celebration in Vigo, where sister ship Saga Ruby will join her for a day. This voyage also visits Toulon, where Saga Rose was built and guests can look forward to a series of celebrations on board throughout the duration of the cruise. The cruise will be joined by a host of guest entertainers including Katherine Jenkins, Tom O'Connor and Anthony Stuart Lloyd .
Prices for the 37 night Farewell Voyage start from £7649* per person.
Andrew Goodsell, Chief Executive of Saga Group, commented: "After 44 years of classic cruising we wanted to give Saga Rose's many loyal customers the opportunity to bid a fond farewell and celebrate the retirement of this classic cruise liner. This memorable final season will also give those who have not yet had the opportunity to sail on her the chance to join one of her final voyages".
Captain David Warden-Owen who has captained Saga Rose for over a decade commented: "Saga Rose has been my second home for the best part of 12 years and I have travelled thousands of miles around the globe. The experience has not only enriched my life but the lives of thousands of passengers who have also been privileged to sail on this 'legend of her time'".
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Notes to editors:
During her 13 years of cruising with Saga Saga Rose has carried over 100,000 people, and guests on board will have consumed; 3,300,000 Twining's Everyday Tea Bags, 2,500,000 eggs, 850,000 tons of potatoes and 720,000 portions of Tiptree Orange Marmalade.
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Those who cannot spare the time for Saga Rose's full Commonwealth World Cruise but wish to enjoy the special atmosphere on board, can join a range of shorter voyages. For example, Southampton to Callao (for Lima), from January 5-30, 2009. Prices for this 25 night sector start from £4665^ per person.
^Price based on 2 people sharing a guaranteed inside cabin. Terms and conditions apply.
* Price based on 2 people sharing a J-grade inside cabin.
All prices quoted are subject to availability and are the lowest available at time of going to press.
Saga cruises are for people aged 50 and over. A travelling companion may be aged 40 or over.
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