Saga announces 2016 maiden ports of call to meet demand for new destinations

Tuesday 31 March 2015

There’s always excitement when a cruise ship sails to a new port and in 2016 Saga Pearl II and Saga Sapphire will make a total of 14 inaugural calls to destinations including the UK, Croatia, Denmark, France, Spain and the Caribbean.

Saga announces 2016 maiden ports of call to meet demand for new destinations

Captain Dunlop’s Homecoming Cruise

This new cruise has a distinct twist, taking passengers around the UK to Southwold - Captain Wesley Dunlop’s home town. No other cruise ship has ever visited this dainty port so Saga Pearl II will receive a warm and enthusiastic welcome when she sails in. Further new ports of call on this cruise include Barrow-in-Furness, once home to one of the world's largest steelworks, and a convenient gateway to the Lake District. Newcastle-upon-Tyne is also new and guests will be able to explore this lively and cosmopolitan city or take a tour to Harry Potter’s Alnwick Castle or Hadrian’s Wall.

12 nights from £1991, departs Dover on July 8, 2016

Grand Caribbean Adventure

Saga Pearl II will be calling at numerous exciting ports on the 42-night Grand Caribbean Adventure cruise including Havana and Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, and Port Antonio in Jamiaca.

Maiden calls include Isla Margarita, Venezuela and Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, in the British Virgin Islands.

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

Further new ports of call include:

Poole, Dorset

Saga Sapphire will sail to Poole and drop anchor off the coast near Bournemouth to be in a prime position for passengers to watch the Bournemouth Air Show.

Holy Loch, Scotland

Holy Loch is one of the Clyde’s finest natural harbours and it’s a marine gateway to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Guests will find themselves within a stone’s throw from castles, mountains and charming villages and our call will coincide with the Cowal Highland Games..   


Saga Sapphire will sail in to three new French ports: Boulogne-sur-Mer which boasts a long golden beach and plenty of opportunities for eating out and shopping; Dunkirk, an attractive port that is steeped in history and Sanary sur Mer, in coastal Provence on the Mediterranean Sea.

Hundested, Denmark

This town, with a population of 8,579 in the northern part of Zealand in eastern Denmark, will be another exciting maiden call for Saga Pearl II.

Pyramiden, Svalbard

Pyramiden is a former Russian coal-mining community in the Svalbard archipelago. Saga Pearl II guests will help in our quest to bring this fascinating ghost town back to life for a day.

San Remo, Italy

On the Mediterranean coast of western Liguria in north-western Italy, the town was founded in Roman times and is now a popular tourist destination on the Italian Riviera. Here, Saga Pearl II passengers are bound to find plenty of sun, sea and sand as they stroll along the elegant promenade.

Saga Sapphire will make her maiden port call in Brindisi, in southern Italy, once an important port for Roman troops, and later for the merchants of Venice.

Arendal, Southern Norway

Saga Sapphire will call in to this lively, cultural town which is home to the annual Norwegian Grand Prix for F1 Powerboat Racing.

Rijeka, Croatia

This principal seaport is the third-largest city in Croatia. Saga Sapphire will make her first call at this Adriatic Sea inlet which offers an intriguing blend of modern life and maritime splendour as well as the opportunity to travel to the capital Zagreb.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing the lowest available inside cabin, were correct at time of going to print and are subject to availability and change.  Prices include 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 table wines with lunch and dinner (plus Saga house-branded spirits, cocktails including house-branded spirits, draught beer and lager, non-alcoholic cocktails, all mixers and soft drinks on Grand Caribbean Adventure), 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 £40 for Captain Dunlop’s Homecoming Cruise and £220 for Grand Caribbean Adventure if guest has own insurance cover.

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Editors: For more details about these new ports of call please contact Senior Press Officer Naomi Thornton, email: or call 01303 772499

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