Join the Saga Jazz Fest!

Monday 28 July 2014

Toe-tapping themed ocean and river cruises with music all the way

Join the Saga Jazz Fest!

Caribbean Spice Islands
Sail away from Southampton on Saga Sapphire just as British summer time 2014 ends for a sunshine cruise to the Windwards.

The Chris Walker Swingtet will be playing ragtime, swing blues and bebop, sending the sounds of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock floating across the ship during lunchtimes and evenings.

Chris, a radio jazz DJ, will also give talks on the history of the genre and passengers can also lounge under to stars for screenings of Hollywood musicals on this toe-tapping 32-night cruise.

Saga Sapphire sails with a maximum of 600 passengers and departs on October 29, 2014.

Ports of call: Praia da Vitoria, Azores; St John’s, Antigua; Road Town, Tortola; Roseau, Dominica; Castries, St Lucia; St George’s, Grenada; Port of Spain, Trinidad; Bridgetown, Barbados; Kingstown, St. Vincent; Fort de France, Martinque; Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe; Basseterre St Kitts; Ponta Delgada, Azores and El Ferrol, Spain.

Price from £5979, includes VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, all meals and entertainment, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, unlimited tea and coffee, all gratuities, porterage, shuttle bus to all town centres from the port of call and travel insurance and cancellation cover.

For details call free on 0800 056 8986 or visit

Douro Discovery Jazz
The Dixie Ramblers, lead by John Shillito, will offer a timeless and entertaining repertoire on Saga’s Douro Discovery Jazz river cruise.

Embark the 80-passenger Douro Princess for the themed full-board river cruise and spend a week soaking up the sounds of jazz, blues and boogie woogie while meandering through Portugal and Spain.

Pass vineyards and pretty towns along the Douro Valley including UNESCO World Heritage Site Salamanca, with its Romanesque, Gothic, Moorish, Renaissance and baroque monuments. Admire the city’s twin cathedrals and main square, before sitting down to a traditional lunch at a local restaurant.

Sail on to the ancient city of Lamego, boasting a castle and gothic Church of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios. Continue east to explore the medieval town of Figueira Castelo de Rodrigo.

Further highlights include 17th century Casa de Mateus Palace, considered to be the most beautiful baroque buildings in Portugal, and, of course, no visit to the Douro would be complete without tasting port in the cellars of Oporto.

7 nights from £1499, departing October 21, 2015. Price includes six jazz performances and two talks, UK travel service, full board, wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner, six excursions, Saga tour manager and travel insurance.

For details call free on 0800 046 2481 or visit


Editors: Saga also offers more Jazz themed holidays in Croatia, Malta, Spain and the UK.

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