Saga Cruises celebrates their 20th Anniversary

Monday 22 May 2017

Fireworks and festivities delighted cruise passengers and local residents

Saga Cruises celebrated their 20th Anniversary last weekend, May 20th 2017, with fireworks and festivities at the Port of Dover.

On the May 20th 1997, Saga's first cruise ship, Saga Rose sailed on her inaugural cruise to the Mediterranean from the Port of Dover.  

20 years on and Saga celebrated their 20th anniversary of cruising with their two current ships, Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl II being berthed at Dover Cruise Terminals 1 and 2 for the day.

The port was alive with the bustle of passengers, a jazz band and a presentation on the gangway of Saga Sapphire, to Captain Phillip Rentell who retired from Saga after 13 years’ service with the company. Captain Rentell was presented with a Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service in November 2016 by HRH The Princess Royal at a ceremony in Trinity House.

Saga Sapphire set sail on Saturday night on a magical 17 night voyage, revisiting ports that featured during the 1997 inaugural cruise on Saga Rose.

Entertainment and music during the cruise is being themed to celebrate the last 20 years with a generous sprinkling of fun and surprises for all passengers aboard. Special guests will be joining the cruise, including past and present Saga VIPs who have shaped the business over the last two decades.

Saga Pearl II also set sail on Saturday night to the Fjords of Norway on an 8 night cruise. Both ships sailed amid a huge send-off with fireworks with Dover seafront packed with local residents enjoying the festivities.

Tim Waggott, the Port of Dover’s Chief Executive, said: “We’re very proud that Saga Cruises chose to mark 20 extremely successful years in the industry at the very place where it all started for them – the Port of Dover.

“Ever since the Saga Rose sailed from our berths on her inaugural voyage two decades ago, the company’s ships have been regular and popular visitors to our harbour.

“We wish Saga Cruises every success for the future and look forward to welcoming the fleet to Dover for many more years to come.”

Robin Shaw, Chief Executive of Saga Cruises said “It seemed fitting that we held our 20th anniversary celebrations at the Port of Dover, it’s been an instrumental port in Saga’s cruise business success.

“Since we started cruising in 1997 with Saga Rose the business really has gone from strength to strength. We’re experts in cruising for the over 50’s, we currently take more than 20,000 passengers a year on luxury cruises around the world.

“And with the exciting news that we’re adding to our fleet with the arrival of our new-build ship, Spirit of Discovery in 2019, its exciting times for the business and the cruise industry as a whole.”


Contact PR Manager Naomi Thornton email or call 01303 772499

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