May 23rd, 2017 by Matthew Bayford
Carrie and Sally were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to be invited to Saga cruises first travel agent overnight experience, onboard Saga Sapphire. This is what they had to say about their day...
We travelled down to Dover from Southampton, even though it was a Friday afternoon and having to use the M25 we were very surprised what an easy journey it was, and it only took us 2.5 hours. When arriving into Dover it was very well signposted to the cruise terminal, and the parking was right next to the cruise terminal, so the whole checking in process and very smooth.
Once onboard we went straight to our cabin, we were allocated a superior outside cabin. We found this very spacious, plenty of room and décor was lovely. The Bathroom was very modern and stocked well with gorgeous toiletries. The only thing it was missing was tea & coffee facilities, however there is a reason for this! Saga offer 24hours free room service, so instead of having to worry about spilling any hot boiling water, just ring room service and they will send you a cup of tea or coffee free of charge any time of the day!
We had a lovely tour of the ship to see what the facilities are like, the first thing we did notice is how spacious the ship is for the number of passengers they have onboard. Saga Sapphire is a smaller ship, she holds around 748 passengers and has 560 crew onboard so the ratio is fantastic. When you arrive onboard there is always a member of staff waiting to show you to your cabin and make sure you have everything you need, it is these little touches which stand out from other cruise lines.
In the evening, we had a cocktail party where we were introduced to the captain who thanked us for coming, after this we were all seated in the main restaurant for our 7 course dinner! On each table, there was a member of staff from Saga to answer any questions we may have about the product. WOW is all we can say about the food, it was incredible! The photos we have do not do it justice, it definitely was some of the most delicious food we have experienced onboard a cruise ship.
After dinner, we headed to the Britannia Lounge for the evening’s entertainment, along with a few cheeky pictures in the photo booth! Again, the service was amazing, there were plenty of staff to take your drink orders.
After an early morning wakeup call we headed to breakfast in the main dining room. This was a mixture of buffet or menu waiter service. There was so much choice, from cereals, cold meats, fruit, pastries, along with a vast selection of hot food. After breakfast, it was time to leave, and yet again Saga surprised us! Waiting for us at disembarkation was bottles of water along with bacon rolls for anyone who didn’t make it to the main dining restaurant for us to help ourselves to, it is these little touches which you remember if they do it for us imagine what they do for their passengers!
Useful information to remember:
- Saga is for passengers aged 50 and over.
- They currently have 2 ships in their fleet, Saga Sapphire & Saga Pearl, however for sailings in 2019 they are introducing “Spirit of Discovery” and already they have 1000’s of passengers who have advance registered for her maiden season with Saga.
What's included in the price:
- What is included within the price:
- Return chauffeur service to the port, or free car parking
- Optional travel insurance
- A choice of wines with lunch and dinner
- All onboard gratuities
- 24 room service
- Free shuttle bus to take you to the nearest town centre
- Free wifi internet
- Porterage of luggage.
Want to experience this beautiful ship for yourself? Call one of our sales team today - 0800 368 9059
August 13th, 2016 by Francesca Bandini