Saga enters uncharted waters with 10th birthday celebration

Thursday 22 June 2006

Saga enters uncharted waters with 10th birthday celebration

Saga, the UK's leading cruise operators for the over 50s, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by offering a whole host of brand new destinations and itineraries for the 2007 season.

A decade since the classic Saga Rose left Southampton on her inaugural cruise to the Western Mediterranean the company has launched its new 2007 brochure with the most exciting range of destinations and land excursions to date.

A packed schedule of attractive itineraries on Saga Rose and Saga Ruby are now available with many featuring themed cruises including antiques, music, gardens, and food and wine. There are also early booking discounts on selected cabins of up to 35 per cent off of the original price.

One of the most exciting offerings of the 2007 brochure are the two Grand Voyages, The Grand Eastern Voyage and The Grand Western Voyage. For the very first time, Saga is offering people the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds by joining both Saga Rose and her sister ship Saga Ruby for parts of both world cruises. Guests can choose which of the two stunning sister ships to sail out on from Southampton on January 7, before changing over to the other ship when they meet in Sydney two months later. Prices for the superb 109-day trip start from £12,613 per person.

For Saga Rose, highlights include the new Baltic Jewels cruise which leaves Dover on May 30, 2007. The 13-night tour includes visits to new ports-of-call for SAGA passengers such as Kalundborg (for Copenhagen) and Brunsbuttel Lock (for Hamburg). The cruise also takes in Amsterdam, Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn and Copenhagen. Prices start from £1544 per person.

Another new cruise for Saga Rose will be her North African Adventure. The 17-night trip includes fascinating visits to the bustling city of Tangiers, to the vibrant Casablanca and to the cultural centre of Algiers. The ship leaves Southampton on September 30, with prices starting from £2231 per person.

For Saga Ruby, a key highlight is Norway and the Arctic Circle cruise - which is the first time the ship has cruised to the North Cape. Prices start from 1761 per person for the 14-night trip which leaves Dover on July 5, and includes a variety of Norwegian towns including Stavanger, Tromso, Hellesylt and Bergen.

Also new for 2007, is Saga Ruby's Grand Mediterranean Adventure with three exciting cruises, each of which includes a scenic rail journey through beautiful French countryside to Marseilles by Eurostar and TGV to join Saga Ruby. It is possible combine all three for a fantastic 42 night cruise.

Chief Executive of Saga Group Andrew Goodsell said: "The celebration of Saga Cruising's tenth anniversary is a major landmark for us and it's a delight to see the company continue to go from strength to strength. Whether they are travelling on the Saga Rose or Ruby, I am confident that Saga offers our passengers the most attractive package on the market. This is particularly the case than with our 2007 brochure, which combines some superb new itineraries with trusted favourites to give our guests a true experience of a lifetime."


VOYAGE TO THE MIDNIGHT SUN: Crossing the Arctic Circle, this exhilarating cruise visits some of Norway's most beautiful towns on its journey to the top of the world. Prices start from 2079 for the 15-night cruise aboard Saga Rose.

June 19: Dover

June 21: Stavanger, Norway

June 22: Geiranger, Norway

June 25: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

June 26: Ny Alesund, Spitsbergen

June 27: Magdalena Bay (beach landing)

June 29: Tromso, Norway

July 1 Molde, Norway

July 2: Bergen, Norway

July 4, Dover.

Contact Saga Cruises: 0800 056 5880 - all calls are free


All Saga cruises include:

Insurance and cancellation cover; All port taxes; All meals on board, entertainment and 24 hour room service; All gratuities on board; Private chauffeur car service for passengers living within 75 miles of their departure port or airport, OR return travel by rail or coach or car parking nearby; All visas; Porterage of luggage at port; Cocktail party.

Saga Ruby and Saga Rose were originally built as sister ships, known as Vistafjord and Sagafjord.

Photography of both ships is available on request.

Saga holidays and cruises are exclusively for people aged 50 and over. A travelling companion may be aged 40 plus.

Saga cruises are available direct and through Thomas Cook

For further press information please contact the Saga Press Office on: 01303 771118.

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