National treasure Christopher Biggins looks forward to sailing on Saga Sapphire’s Baltic Capitals cruise

Monday 24 August 2015

National treasure Christopher Biggins will be filling Saga Sapphire with laughter when he sails on his first Saga cruise to the Baltic in August 2016.

National treasure Christopher Biggins looks forward to sailing on Saga Sapphire’s Baltic Capitals cruise

National treasure Christopher Biggins will be filling Saga Sapphire with laughter when he sails on his first Saga cruise to the Baltic in August 2016.

Christopher says he loves meeting people and he will be out and about on the ship chatting, chatting and chatting to everyone.

The 66-year-old actor said: “I love people. There’s no way you will find me stuck away in my cabin, I love being on cruise ships because you get to meet so many interesting passengers.”

Christopher, or ‘Biggins’ as he is called by his friends and admirers, will be sailing on the 14-night Baltic Capitals cruise which includes two overnight moorings in the grand capitals of Stockholm and St Petersburg.

Christopher says he is looking forward to returning to Stockholm for the first time in 40 years.

He said: “I went to Stockholm in the 1970s to do an old time music hall show with a cast of six. I have such happy memories because we had a great time on stage and socially. I have always wanted to go back.

“Saga Sapphire will be in port overnight so I will have plenty of time to revisit this beautiful city - and I understand it is particularly lovely to sail in past all of the islands so I will be on deck looking out.”

Another overnight stop will be in St Petersburg. Christopher has visited the city on two occasions and has witnessed ‘so much change’. He said: “When I first went there the city was called Leningrad and quite a different place.

“It is one of my favourite cities, a cross between Paris and Venice, with marvellous architecture.”

During the cruise Christopher will be entertaining passengers with a lively talk.

“It will be on Egyptian Porcelain,” he joked. “No, not really – I will be showing clips from my career and talking about the people I have met. It will be pure, unadulterated gossip, so expect a lot of laughter.

“I love hearing people laugh. Sometimes I have done some outrageous things – when I was in the TV show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, I had to sleep with 200 rats and do some other ghastly dares. It will be a riot telling everyone my stories!”

He added: “There is so much to like about cruising; you are given a nice cabin and then you only have to unpack once and arrive in different places every day.

“Neil, my partner who is an airline steward, will be joining me and we will be also be ticking off Helsinki and Tallinn from our bucket list.

“I will need to do a lot of extra walking to work off the fantastic meals. Dining is always something I look forward to on cruise ships and Saga’s reputation for fine dining means that if I do not do the extra exercise I will come off the size of the elephant!”

Christopher can also look forward to sailing through the Kiel Canal and visiting one of Saga Sapphire’s new maiden ports of call, the Norwegian town of Arendal which is built across seven small islands.

Saga Sapphire’s Baltic Capitals 2016 14-night cruise departs from Dover on August 4, from £3,049. Price includes UK travel package to and from Dover, all meals and entertainment, choice of table wines at lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues, free Wi-Fi internet, all on-board gratuities, porterage, free shuttle bus to nearest town centre (whenever possible and when the ship is berthed more than 500 yards away), optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount of £53 if a passenger has their own insurance.

Price is per person, based on two people sharing the lowest available inside cabin, was correct at time of going to print and is subject to availability and change. Terms and conditions apply. For details call free on 0800 50 50 30 or visit saga.co.uk/cruises

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