Press release

Saga Sapphire: refurbishment plans revealed and inaugural itinerary announced

Monday 28 March 2011

Saga Cruises today unveiled exciting refurbishment plans for its latest gem for cruises starting on 26 March 2012.

Saga Sapphire, named by Saga's loyal Britannia Club members, will commence her multi-million pound refurbishment in November 2011 in what is described as contemporary and eclectic, with a British Twist. The company has been working in close collaboration with the renowned designers RPW Design, one of the world’s leading interior design houses specialising in the luxury hospitality industry to substantially enhance public areas and the spacious cabins.

Highlights will include the addition of a new balcony deck, and a re-design of all public spaces including The Drawing Room and The Pier, which will have a British Seaside feel, with fish and chips and ice cream parlour. Additionally, an open air cinema and hot tubs will be added into the mix. In a first for the company, i-pads and onboard wi-fi connection will also be available.

Cuisine on Saga Cruises is recognised and awarded as some of the best available:

• "Pole to Pole" will be the main dining venue, themed around the 7 continents.

• "The Grill" will focus on lighter meals offering passengers the opportunity to select their meat or fish cooked to order in the fabulous new kitchen,

• "East to West" will be an Asian speciality restaurant for those of more adventurous tastes.

Cruise entertainment will be shown throughout the ship including the Britannia Show Lounge. There will also be a variety of bars and meeting places. The Clubhouse will be a relaxing social venue for passengers to meet, while “Coopers” will be a bar themed around classic British comedians featuring live comedy shows.

Saga Cruising CEO, Robin Shaw said, “Our mission has always been to surprise & delight our passengers. Saga Sapphire will be transformed during the refurbishment works and deliver some truly unique designs - whether this be The Drawing Room, which combines innovation, comfort with exceptional panoramic views, or The Pier with its British seaside theme - all delivered in a stylish and contemporary way.”

Saga's meticulous attention to service and quality remain at the heart of the cruising experience, as does outstanding value for money. Travel insurance, all tips onboard a return private chauffeured car service to the port up to 75 miles each way, as well as many other extras, are included in the price.

Saga Sapphire’s Inaugural Cruise on 26 March 2012.

The 23-night itinerary will see her visit a host of exciting Mediterranean destinations over the Easter break. Departing Southampton, Saga Sapphire’s first voyage under the Saga flag will take in a host of destinations including El Ferrol (for Santiago de Compostela), Spain; Palma Majorca; Valletta, Malta; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Venice, Italy; Corfu, Greece; Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy; Gibraltar; and Lisbon, Portugal, before returning to the UK.

Prices for inside cabins starting from just £2306 and outside cabins from just £2989.

Other selected itineraries:

Ireland and the Tall Ships 5-night mini-cruise

Departs on 24 August 2012,

Prices from just £519 for an inside cabin, and £694 for an outside cabin.

Ports of call: Dover Dublin and Cobh (for Cork) in Ireland and St Peter Port in Guernsey.

Melodies of Norway 7-night cruise

Departs 21 May 2012,

Prices from just £759 for an inside cabin, and £993 for an outside cabin.

Ports of call: Dover Bergen, Sorfjord (for Lofthus), Eidfjord, Tyssedal

A Caribbean Celebration 31-night cruise

Departs on 17 November 2012,

Prices from just £2891 for an inside cabin, and £3769 for an outside cabin.

Ports of call: Southampton Vitoria Antigua, Dominica, St Lucia, Grenada, Margarita, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St Vincent, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint Maarten, the Azores and Ferrol (Spain).




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