Monday 15 April 2013

Join Dame Stella Rimington to uncover tales of espionage, remember the fallen 100 years after the outbreak of the First World War, or join Viking expert James Hodge in Norway on one of 37 new cruises unveiled by over-50s travel specialist Saga Cruises for 2014.


Saga has combined new and surprising itineraries in its 2014 cruise brochure.  First-time ports of call, expert lecturers and fascinating history will feature aboard Saga Sapphire and the Saga Pearl II.  There will also be some West End showtime!

The ships will sail from Dover and Southampton, with choices from four-night taster cruises in Europe to a 48-night voyage to the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa or a 35-night Caribbean cruise.

Among the new cruises are two which mark poignant anniversaries:

Lest We Forget …
8 nights from £1,071 per person - departs 22 July 2014
Military experts, authors and historians offer fascinating insights into the human cost of the First World War on this cruise to Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and France.  100 years on, visit the islands of Heligoland, a naval base for the German Empire and the site of the first naval battle of the war; visit trenches in The Somme and explore Mons, which saw the first casualties as the British Expeditionary Force held back the first German advance.

Heart of the Mediterranean
19 nights from £2,339 per person – departs 11 September 2014
Join the celebrations as Malta celebrates 50 years of independence.  On this themed history and archaeology cruise you’ll soak up the lively atmosphere with an overnight stay in Valletta on the island’s birthday weekend, as well as exploring the Moorish heritage of Almeria in Spain and unearthing the secrets of historic Lisbon, Cagliari and Tunis.

From arts and antiques to classical music, there are more than 25 themed cruises for 2014.  They include:

Summer in the Baltic
15 nights from £1,819 per person – departs 12 September 2014
Join Dame Stella Rimington, former Director General of MI5, and former BBC foreign correspondent Martin Sixsmith to hear tales of double agents and espionage on this cruise to Sweden, Finland, Russia and Denmark.  It also includes visits to three of Europe’s newest states – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - with an overnight stay in beautiful St Petersburg.  Learn the facts and fiction of national security, including code-breaking at Bletchley Park and undercover Cold War missions.

Mediterranean Medley
15 nights from £1,689 per person – departs 30 October 2014
There’s no business like show business - that’s the glitzy appeal of this West End-themed cruise to Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar and France.  Compare the islands of Minorca and Corsica, explore the culture and architecture of Barcelona and enjoy French Riviera atmosphere in Toulon.  While on board Saga Pearl II you’ll hear anecdotes from cast and crew and enjoy fabulous music from London’s Theatre land.

Three new adventure cruises are offered aboard Saga Pearl II which includes £100 per person towards the cost of excursions for every seven nights spent on board.  You can choose 15-night ‘Arctic Explorer’ and ‘Icelandic Explorer’ cruises or take a shorter trip:

On the Trail of the Vikings
7 nights from £974 per person – departs 5 September 2014
Join Viking expert James Hodge to learn more about these resourceful and feared people as you discover Norway’s breath taking coastline.  Visit the UNESCO World Heritage waterfront of Bergen, marvel at the 222 mountain peaks surrounding the town of Molde - with the chance to sail in a replica 11th century Viking ship to the island of Haholmenaor take a safari in search of moose and musk-ox.

Saga Pearl II will visit a host of first-time ports of call in 2014.  Highlights include Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland, separated from the Republic by  a narrow strait; Propriano in Corsica, where super-yachts and rustic fishing boats are moored side-by-side in the marina; and Porto Novo in the Cape Verde Islands, technically the western-most point of Africa.

Saga Pearl II will operate a new Mystery Cruise.  Seeking five new ports of call for the ship, this 20-night cruise will depart from Southampton on 11 April 2014.  Feel the intrigue and excitement as you explore pastures new - but where will you be heading?

Upgrades from just £11!  Saga Sapphire has many more Superior cabins at surprising prices; upgrade from an Outside cabin from just £11 per person per night.

Pre-bookable on-board packages - a special Celebration package is available if you’re marking a special birthday or anniversary, while Wine and Spa packages are also offered for an indulgent treat.

Build your own Grand Voyage - you can now combine cruises on both Saga ships to create your own tailor-made cruise to destinations as diverse as the Caribbean, Norway and Africa while enjoying extra savings of 20 per cent off the combined discounted prices.

For more information or to make a booking visit or call 0800 50 50 30

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*Editor’s Notes:
• All cruises include return chauffeur service to port, travel insurance, all meals and gratuities on board, port taxes and visas.
• Saga Travel is part of the Saga Group, which is the UK’s leading provider of holidays, products and services specifically designed for people aged 50 and over. With over 2 million customers, Saga provides insurance, financial services and holidays and publishes the monthly Saga Magazine.
• Saga Holidays are available exclusively for people aged 50 and over, with a travelling partner of 40 or over. Single rooms are available at no extra cost on many hotel stays and tours and include welcome drink, porterage of luggage and cancellation cover. If Saga Holidays reduce the price of a holiday once it has been confirmed, the value of the saving will automatically be passed on to customers, which ensures that early bookers never miss out. This is the Saga promise. Saga Holidays also guarantee that the price of a holiday will not be subject to any surcharges, regardless of what may happen to fuel prices or exchange rates.



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