Saga Sapphire – Cruise Ship Review

December 5th, 2016 by Matthew Bayford

December 5th, 2016 by Matthew Bayford


Date: 7/11/2016 

Reason for being on board: Ship visit

Who are you?  Sally Jones

Name of the ship: Sapphire

Cruise line: Saga



  • CREW MEMBERS – 415
  • ENTERED SERVICE – Built in 1981, named Saga Sapphire in 2012
  • GROSS TONS  37,301

A day on board the Saga Sapphire

The food was amazing, some of the best I have experienced on a cruise ship.  The waiter was very friendly and made everyone feel so welcome.  Included within the price of your cruise is a choice of wine by the glass served with lunch and dinner.

They have a main dining restaurant, which has an open sitting between the hours of 7-9pm. They also have an alternative restaurant which is a mixture of waiter and buffet service, and a speciality restaurant which again is included within the price so no cover charge!


There is a theatre on board, which shows a variety of entertainment, and there is plenty of seating for passengers. They also have a room which is dedicated to Tommy Cooper, where you can sit and relax whilst enjoying a drink and piano music. Alternatively, you can go to the lounge which has music played throughout the evening.


There is plenty to do on board if you don’t fancy going ashore. Like most ships, they have an extensive library which also holds games for your entertainment. There is a swimming pool on the top deck, which also has a crazy gold course, shuffleboard and deck quoits.  If you fancy some pampering there is a gorgeous spa and treatment room, or if you wish to burn the calories off they also have a small gym!

I was amazed by the size of the cabins on the Sapphire, they were a fantastic size and there was plenty of space, I liked that the single cabins had a small double bed rather than a single bed like some cruise ship.

In each cabin, you will receive complimentary bottles of water and fruit upon arrival, which is then topped up throughout your cruise.  If you are in one of their suites, then you will also receive free mini bar with a variety of alcoholic drinks of your choice!

For those passengers who are celebrating a birthday, or who are part of the Saga Britannia Club, a gorgeous bottle of champagne is waiting for you in your cabin!

Type of decor

Throughout the ship it was of a high standard. It feels modern but they have kept it as traditional as they can.

Courtesy of the staff
The staff were so friendly. When you board the ship on embarkation day, there is a member of staff waiting to meet you and take you to your cabin. If you are a single passenger, when you arrive at the restaurant a waiter will accompany you to your table. Nothing is too much for them, they do make you feel very welcome!

What did you like most of this ship?

Not only was the food and service amazing, the size and quality of the cabin stood out for me.

What did you like least of this ship?
Even though inside the décor and feel of the ship is fantastic, due to the age of the ship the outside isn’t as good.

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