Is this the best ever cruise around Britain and Ireland

Monday 17 August 2015

Watch Bournemouth Air Festival from Saga Sapphire Tour Guernsey on 1954 Albion Victor coach ‘Twinkle’ Enjoy maiden ports Holy Loch and Poole Go in search of the Loch Ness Monster Take a sea safari RIB boat to Kinsale Visit the Scottish Highland Games

Is this the best ever cruise around Britain and Ireland?

See the best of Britain and Ireland, from the Jurassic Coast to the Scottish Highlands, on Saga Sapphire’s unique 2016 summer sailing

The cruise will get off to a flying start with passengers assured of the best seats at sea to watch the Bournemouth Air Festival.

Saga Sapphire will sail on to her first maiden port of call, Poole, a large natural harbour where guests will be able to stroll along the historic quay and perhaps stop for a drink in the old Customs House. 

Vintage Guernsey, an excursion from St Peter Port, will fill guests with nostalgia as they travel around the delightful island on ‘Twinkle’, a 1954-vintage Albion Victor coach. There will be a cream tea stop and a call at the National Trust Folk Museum which has a restored Victorian Walled Garden and rose garden. 

Ireland awaits and in Cobh guests will be able to opt for a sea safari RIB boat ride to picturesque Kinsale, passing the world’s oldest yacht club, the Royal Cork Yacht Club, as well as viewing the last pick-up point of RMS Titanic. 

700-guest Saga Sapphire will sail on to the fishing port of Killybegs, on the north-west coast of Ireland. Here guests will be able to enjoy a wealth of natural beauty from rolling green landscapes to rugged coastal views and trace the footsteps of poet W B Yeats.

The second maiden port of call, Holy Loch, is one of the Clyde’s finest natural harbours and a marine gateway to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Guests will be able to watch the Scottish Highland Games or simply enjoy being within a stone’s throw of castles, mountains and charming villages.

Kirkwall, the largest of the Orkneys, is home to the Highland Park Distillery which was founded in 1798 and is one of the world’s most northerly whisky distilleries. A tour and tasting of the 12 year-old malt will be an optional excursion. Kirkwall is also a gateway to many archaeological sites, including the 5,000-year-old chambered tombs of Maes Howe, the mysterious Standing Stones of Stenness and the Stone Ring of Brodgar. 

The last call will be the small port of Invergordon which was a base for flying boats during World War II. Guests will be able to explore the Highlands or opt to go in search of the Loch Ness Monster!



The 14-night Around Britain and Ireland cruise departs from Dover on August 18, 2016. Price from £2972 which includes UK travel package to and from Dover, all meals and entertainment, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues, free Wi-Fi , all on-board gratuities, porterage,  optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount of £53 if passenger has own insurance.

Price based on two people sharing an R grade cabin. Further terms and conditions apply. 

For details call free on 0800 096 0079 or visit

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