Press release

Saga reveal top ten cruise experiences

Tuesday 21 June 2011

Norway and Mediterranean Cruises top poll of over-50’s favourites as SAGA launches new 2012 cruise programme

Saga has recently launched its all-new 2012 cruise programme featuring the latest additions to the fleet, Saga Sapphire, and Quest for Adventure. To mark the occasion, the holiday company held a survey of its customers to find their top ten favourite cruise experiences to date.

A cruise through Norway's Fjords was named as the number one experience, illustrating how, while the over 50s are enjoying classic cruising experiences, they also have an appetite for quirky and unexpected ways to see the world.

The chance to discover Norway’s spellbinding landscapes topped a list of 45 cruise experiences spanning the four corners of the globe. Saga customers enjoyed the opportunity to take in the natural beauty of the country in a welcoming and child-free cruise environment, with exceptional service on board, VIP treatment and a great food and beverage offering.

In addition to Norway, favourites ranged from the traditional to the adventurous, including seeing geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming volcanoes in Iceland, a voyage through the 50-mile long Panama Canal, which connects the Caribbean and Pacific Oceans, sailing under the glow of the ‘Midnight Sun’ at the North Pole and the chance to visit two ancient wonders of the world – the Pyramids in Egypt and Petra in Jordan.

Susan Hooper, CEO Saga Holidays said, “The top ten cruise experiences illustrate how we have evolved in line with our customers’ expectations, offering repeat visitors and first-timers the type of holiday they want, where they want.

“From 2012, our customers will be able to experience a host of fantastic itineraries and more on board Saga Sapphire, which will bring a modern and contemporary feel to our classic cruising experience, and Quest for Adventure, which will offer an informal, adventurous ‘small ship’ experience.”


With the 2012 cruise programme unveiled, SAGA customers’ preferred experiences feature in a range of itineraries on Saga Sapphire, Saga Ruby and Quest for Adventure for those looking for inspiration for their next holiday, or who want to relive a previous adventure on the oceans

Number 10: Exploring the Black Sea - available on Saga Ruby Black Sea Rhapsody itinerary

After cruising the Mediterranean Sea with visits to the Galician city of Vigo, historic Valletta and classical Athens, home to the iconic Acropolis and the Dardanelles, cruise passengers arrive to the Black Sea, where the elegant cities of Odessa, Yalta and Istanbul await. En route to this beautiful area, customers will.

28 nights departing 04 October 2011 from Southampton, England, from £4,084 per person.

Number 9: Iceland’s Natural Treasures - available on the Saga Sapphire Geysers and Glaciers itinerary

A magical land of volcanoes and thermal lakes, this itinerary offers customers the chance to discover Iceland’s dramatic geological wonders and picturesque cities on a thrilling two-week cruise. The ship also calls at the colourful port of Bergen, the remote Shetland Islands and Ireland’s cultural city of Cork.

15 nights departing 02 August 2012 from Dover, England, from £1,999 per person

Number 8: The old walled town of Dubrovnik, available on the Saga Sapphire Inaugural Cruise

Saga Sapphire’s first voyage under the Saga flag is a Mediterranean Cruise and will visit some of the most exciting destinations over the Easter break, offering customers the chance to contrast Dubrovnik, Venice, Rome and Lisbon with a succession of sunny Mediterranean islands.

23 nights departing 26 March 2012 from Southampton, England, from £3,926 per person.

Number 7: Cruising Venice’s waterways - available on the Saga Sapphire Inaugural Cruise

Number 6: Petra and the Pyramids - available on the Saga Ruby Treasures of India and Arabia itinerary

Step aboard Saga Ruby as she sails homeward bound from Singapore, offering customers the chance to explore a wealth of ports in Malaysia, India, Oman and as well as visit Petra in Jordan and the Pyramids in Egypt.

33 nights departing 28 March 2012 from UK to Singapore, from £5,279 per person.

Number 5: Seeing the Northern Lights - available on the Saga Pearl II Norway and the Northern Lights itinerary

Step aboard Saga Pearl II for this voyage to the far north, offering the best chance of seeing the enchanting Northern Lights. Customers will get the opportunity to travel through glistening fjords and charming waterside towns as they discover Norway's magnificent natural scenery.

16 nights departing 13 March 2012 from Southampton, England, from £2,536 per person.

Number 4: Sailing under the glow of the ‘Midnight Sun’ - available on the Saga Ruby Into the Midnight Sun itinerary

This unforgettable voyage sails to the 'top of the world' in the summertime, when the Arctic Circle will be bathed in the beautiful glow of the midnight sun. Customers can admire the extraordinary vistas of fjords, waterfalls and mountains as they cruise north to the island of Spitsbergen and also call at Norway's most captivating cities and fishing towns.

17 nights departing 27 July 2012 from Dover, England, from £2,342 per person.

Number 3: St. Petersburg and the Baltic - available on Quest for Adventure Maritime Cities of the Baltic itinerary

Maritime Cities of the Baltic itinerary

From the bohemian chic of Berlin to the stately architecture of St Petersburg, where customers stay for three days, this cruise visits seven different cities, including six capitals, which reveal the Baltic region’s wealth of culture, art, architecture and history.

15 nights departing 03 August 2012 from Dover, England, from £2,189 per person.

Number 2: Voyaging through the Panama Canal - available in 2012 on the Saga Ruby World Cruise 2012

In 2012, Saga Ruby will circumnavigate the globe for her fifth world cruise under the Saga flag. Beginning with a transatlantic crossing to the Caribbean and South America, customers can look forward to calling at a host of remote Pacific islands before arriving at New Zealand and Australia, followed by the colourful cultures of Malaysia, India and Oman. Finally, customers have the chance to explore Egypt, Malta and Lisbon as Saga Ruby sails home to the UK after 115 magical nights.

114 nights departing 06 January 2012 from Southampton, England, from £16,201 per person.

Number 1: Cruising through Norway's fjords - available in 2012 on the Quest for Adventure In the Footsteps of Vikings itinerary

Stunning Norwegian scenery is the main focal point for this enthralling cruise which journeys into the heart of the fjords, revealing waterfalls, mighty glaciers and snow-capped mountains.

7 nights departing 14 May 2012 from Dover, England from £821 per person.


Saga Cruises was voted Top Cruise Operator for the second year in a row in the latest Which? Survey highlighting the exceptional standards on board, attention to detail, value for money, interesting itineraries, all contributing factors to Saga’s loyal customer base.

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