Saga to thrill adventure junkies with new 2016 all-inclusive cruise with overnight stays in Cuba & Barbados plus

Tuesday 24 March 2015

Incredible shore tours on 42-night sailing from Southampton

Saga to thrill adventure junkies with new 2016 all-inclusive cruise with overnight stays in Cuba & Barbados plus

•    Explore Gibbs Cay reef and swim with stingrays
•    Whizz over St Lucia’s rainforest on aerial tram
•    Join catamaran turtle encounter in Barbados
•    Take boat through Margarita’s mangroves
•    Fly over Montserrat in a helicopter
•    Party at Havana’s Tropicana Club
•    Hit The Baths on Virgin Goda
•    Go rafting on Rio Grande

 

Saga Pearl II’s new Grand Caribbean Adventure features maiden ports Port Antonio and Virgin Gorda, plus overnight stays in Cuba and Barbados to give guests an opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of these fascinating islands.

Adventure is the key theme on this thrilling 42-night all-inclusive cruise and ports of call include Scarborough, the capital of Tobago, where guests can board a glass-bottomed boat from Pigeon Point to Buccoo Reef to snorkel among the colourful fish.

Margarita, in Venezuela, known as the Pearl of the Caribbean, is a mountainous tropical paradise with deserted beaches lined with palm trees. Here, guests can tour La Restinga National Park, a haven for birdlife, and take a traditional boat to cruise through the mangroves.

Willemstad, the capital of Curaçao, features the Hato Caves with stalactites and stalagmites which are a haven for long-nosed fruit bats. Christoffel National Park, home to rare orchids, 10ft cacti and unusual wildlife including iguanas is another site not to be missed.

Port Antonio, on Jamaica's north-eastern coast, is a new port of call. From Port Maria, home of Noel Coward’s Firefly, nestled in the hills overlooking the harbour, take a drive through villages including St Margaret’s Bay, Orange Bay, Hope Bay and Buff Bay.

In Cuba, guests can head east to hit the beach and enjoy the facilities of Carisol-Los-Corales resort for a dip in the sea, barbecue and all-inclusive drinks. Next stop, Havana, where author Ernest Hemingway spent much of his later life, to take a tour of his former home, La Vigía Farm, before driving through Old Havana.

An overnight stay will allow passengers time to visit The Tropicana Club, the party venue in Havana - a spectacular show of Caribbean music, colourful costumes, cabaret acts and dancing under the stars.

At the south-eastern end of the Bahamas, Grand Turk remains largely unspoilt with spectacular white sand beaches and aquamarine waters. Guests can take a motorboat to the uninhabited island of Gibbs Cay to explore the coral reef, go in search of Osprey or swim with stingrays.

New port of call Virgin Gorda is known as the ‘Fat Virgin’ of the British Virgin Islands. The Baths is perhaps the most famous beach in the British Virgin Isles and guests can enjoy swimming, snorkelling or sunbathing in this idyll.

Antigua has 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, and if that is not enough for passengers they can opt to take a helicopter ride from St John’s over the island of Montserrat which suffered destruction during a volcano in 1997. A further option is kayaking in the mangroves to glide over tranquil lagoons.

Saga Pearl II will sail to Castries, in St Lucia, a lush island with dense emerald rainforest, banana plantations and orchards of coconut, mango and papaya trees. The rainforest aerial tram in Chassin will allow guests to glide silently amid the tree canopy.

Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, combines modern and colonial architecture with palm tree-lined beaches. Experience the relaxed city culture or discover a premier snorkelling site. There’s an extra thrill in store for plane-spotters with an option to see the iconic British Airways Concorde G-BOAE at the Concorde Museum.

Guests will return to Southampton on December 20 – just in time for Christmas – as if Christmas had not already arrived early on this wonderful Saga Pearl II cruise.

42 nights all-inclusive from £6022, departing Southampton on November 8, 2016

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.  Price includes free shared chauffeur service from anywhere in mainland UK on early bookings made by on or before May 1(rather than a 250-mile limit), all meals and entertainment, selected wines with lunch and dinner, Saga house-branded spirits, cocktails including house-branded spirits, draught beer and lager, non-alcoholic cocktails, all mixers and soft drinks, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, free Wi-Fi internet, all on-board gratuities, porterage, free shuttle 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 £220 discount if guest has own insurance cover.  

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Editors: Saga Holidays is the winner of seven British Travel Awards 2014 including Best for Escorted Adventures, Best for Special Interests, Best for Singles and Best Specialist Small Ship Cruise Line.

For details call free on 0800 092 9083 or visit travel.saga.co.uk/cruises

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