Saga announces 2015 maiden ports of call to meet demands for new destinationsWednesday 10 September 2014
There’s always excitement when a cruise ship sails to a new port and in 2015 Saga ships will make inaugural calls to destinations in Spain, Finland and Denmark.
Saga announces 2015 maiden ports of call to meet demands for new destinations
Saga Pearl II will make her maiden call to Alcudia, in Majorca, as part of a 16-night Springtime in the Mediterranean cruise. Although Alcudia will be new to Pearl II, the town is steeped in history; it has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and the Romans put it in the history books when they arrived in the bay and captured Alcudia in 123 BC.
The vast stretch of sandy beach is now lined with cafes, restaurants and shops and the old town, surrounded by a medieval wall, is well preserved with houses dating to the 13th century.
Saga Pearl II departs Southampton on April 26 for 16 nights, prices from £2,989
Rauma and Kemi, Finland
The Gulf of Bothnia cruise includes two new ports of call and guests will be able to witness the white nights of summer and immerse themselves in Scandinavia's fascinating past.
Rauma, on Finland’s west coast, flourished until the 17th century when it was devastated by two fires. The town centre was rebuilt in a neo-Renaissance style and guests will love visiting the now listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The second maiden port of call, Kemi, was founded in 1869 at the mouth of the River Kemijoki, a natural deep-water port. The town found itself in a hostage crisis during World War II when German forces captured 132 Kemi residents and threatened to kill them unless the Finns released German PoWs. The Finns refused and threatened to retaliate and the Kemi hostages were released unharmed.
Saga Pearl II departs Dover on June 23 for 15 nights.
On the Voyage of the Vikings, Saga Sapphire will make her first call at Fredericia on the Jutland peninsula. Founded in 1650 by King Frederick III, it was intended as a fortress to protect Jutland and remains a military base to this day. Visitors can take the sentry path and walk around the ramparts that encircle the town or stroll 500 yards to Øster Strand beach, which has been awarded the European Blue Flag.
Saga Sapphire departs from Dover on August 12 for 11 nights, prices from £2,257
For details call free on 0800 414 383 or visit travel.saga.co.uk/Ocean-Cruises
Price includes VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, all meals on board including 24-hour room service, all on-board gratuities, porterage, entertainment and activities, welcome cocktail party & Captain’s dinner and travel insurance.
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