Press release

Saga's scrumdiddlyumptious confection of delights for chocoholics on all-inclusive cruise to the Canaries, Cape Verde and West Africa

Sunday 22 June 2014

• Choctastic talks and demonstrations by guest chocolatier Mark Tilling
• Tips on decorating cakes from sugarcraft expert Frances McNaughton
• Chocolate dessert every night & a spectacular chocolate afternoon tea
• Learn about wine & food matching with Master of Wine Conal Gregory

Saga Pearl II sails into a sea of chocolate with chocolatier Mark Tilling leading the way on the 24-night Food and Wine themed Canaries and Cape Verde cruise on November 14, 2014.

The chocolatier, whose mouth-watering creations have earned him a worldwide reputation, will be joined by sugarcraft tutor Frances McNaughton who will be demonstrating the art of cake decorating. Frances is a renowned sugarcraft expert who has created sugarcraft for Hollywood films such as Chocolat, Notting Hill, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Sweet-toothed guests can also look forward to a daily afternoon tea, including the ‘chocolate spectacular tea’ complete with chocolate fountain. There are also hands-on sessions such as sugarcraft and chocolate truffle making workshops with our chocolatiers on board, plus lots of chocolate tastings!

Every night the dessert menu will include a chocolate treat and if guests want to learn about which dessert wines to wash down a confection of treats, Master of Wine Conal Gregory will be on board to offer wine and food matching sessions.
Guests on this no-fly cruise from Southampton will also have the chance to join Saga Pearl II’s chefs in the galley to experience life in a professional kitchen.

For those who can drag themselves away from the sweet temptations, there will be numerous opportunities to explore ashore including the  volcanoes of the Canaries and the rugged landscape of the Cape Verde archipelago before sailing 300 miles to Africa’s westernmost city of Dakar.

24 nights from £3,548, departing from Southampton on November 14, 2014

All-inclusive price: VIP door-to-door service to and from Dover, all meals and drinks (selected wines at lunch and dinner, all soft drinks, Saga house-branded spirits and cocktails, draught beer and lager), afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, entertainment and activities, all gratuities, porterage and travel insurance and cancellation cover.

Ports of call: Santa Cruz, La Palma; San Sebastian, La Gomera; Porte Grande, Cape Verde; Porto Verde, Cape Verde; Porto Praia, Cape Verde; Banjul, Gambia; Dakar, Senegal; Santa Cruz, Tenerife; Puerto de la Estaca, El Hierra; Arrecife, Lanzarote; El Ferrol, Spain.

For details call free on 0800 056 8986 or visit