Press release

Singing gem to set the Rome night alight

Saturday 31 May 2008

Katherine Jenkins is to perform a special one off concert onboard the Saga Ruby, in Civitavecchia, Italy on June 20 2008.

With the "Eternal City" of Rome as the stunning backdrop, the enchanting and award winning Welsh operatic singing star will torch the night with her unique and angelic voice. After signing a major recording deal with Universal Classics Katherine's career went stratospheric and now includes five albums and two Classic BRIT awards, and is the fastest selling female opera singer since Maria Callas.

The Saga Ruby's "Celebrated Cities of the Mediterranean" cruise sets off from Newcastle on June 12 and explores cultural and historically rich European cities, including Lisbon, Barcelona, Rome and Florence as well as others, before arriving back in Newcastle on June 29.

Mr Andrew Goodsell, Group Chief Executive of Saga who has personally chosen Katherine to perform said, "I am delighted that Katherine, one of my favourite singers, will perform this very special concert. My wife and I will join the cruise for a few days in Civitavecchia and are looking forward to hosting a cocktail reception on the evening of Katherine's performance."

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Saga cruises include: Insurance and cancellation cover; All port taxes; All meals on board, entertainment and 24 hour room service; All gratuities on board; Private chauffeur car service for passengers living within 75 miles of their departure port or airport, OR our new shared car service for passengers living between 76 and 250 miles of the port, there will be a maximum of four people sharing OR return travel by rail or coach or car parking nearby; All visas; Porterage of luggage at port; Captain's Cocktail party.

Photography of both ships is available on request

Please note:

* 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

* Saga cruises are available direct and through branches of Thomas Cook

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

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