Saga understands that the initial step to book a first cruise can be daunting so the over-50s holidays firm has reserved two cruises for newcomers to experience the pleasure of classic small-ship cruising.
Saga Pearl II and Saga Sapphire both offer exceptionally friendly and attentive service, delicious cuisine and a varied entertainment programme to suit all tastes.
Reflections of Norway – Saga Sapphire
Sail from Dover on the fun and chic 700-passenger ship which has a unique Beach pool area evoking a 1960s seaside theme. Laze on the sun loungers and enjoy complimentary ice cream, fish ‘n’ chips and sweets from the traditional ‘shop’. Work off the treats with a round of crazy golf or take a walk along the Promenade – six laps of the ship equals one mile.
Sapphire’s bars and public spaces are contemporary with a twist – including the main dining room which offers the highest quality menus and service. Maitre’D Trevor Walford tells newcomers: “At dinner, Pole to Pole comes into its own with world-class dishes of game, meat and fish to fine wines and a selection of irresistible desserts. It’s the perfect place to dine in style.”
Ports of call will include stylish Stavanger and Flåm, where passengers can opt to take the train from Aurlandfjord to the Myrdal mountain station, passing magical scenery. Sail to Skjolden in the heart of the fjords and discover Bergen with its UNESCO World Heritage-designated Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf and busy fish market or take an excursion to learn more about Norway’s culture and landscape.
Seven nights from £929 departing Dover on March 22, 2015
Baltic Capitals – Saga Pearl II
Spend two days in St Petersburg to explore the city’s treasures including palaces, museums and glorious gardens. An overnight mooring also offers passengers the chance to enjoy evening visits to the ballet and theatre.
Saga Pearl II will host up to 400 new-to-cruise passengers who will also sail to the lively cities of Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Berlin – all on one holiday!
Further highlights include Tallinn, in Estonia; lesser-known Ronne, on Bornholm Island, in Denmark, as well as sailing through Germany’s Kiel Canal.
On board there are always activities to try from yoga classes to art lessons. If there’s time make use of the gym or book in for some serious pampering at the spa.
15 nights from £2025 departing Dover on September 7, 2015
Price includes travel service to and from ports, all meals and entertainment, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, free wifi (subject to availability) welcome cocktail party, all gratuities, porterage, shuttle bus to all town centres from the port of call and travel insurance and cancellation cover.
For details call free on 0800 056 8986 or visit saga.co.uk/cruises