28 September 2018, 10:07
28 September 2018, 10:07
Be inspired by a powerful legacy whilst sailing into a new era of British cruising
Spirit of Discovery explores the dramatic heritage of the Vikings and the forces of nature which created the fjords
- Explore Ashore team onboard every cruise to tailor trips ashore
- VIP door-to-door chauffeur service to UK departure point
- Complimentary Wi-fi
- Love it or your money back guarantee*
A new era of British cruising begins when Saga’s new boutique all-balcony ship Spirit of Discovery launches next summer with world-class fine dining, an array of entertainment, exceptional levels of service – and a chauffeur to the port.
Itineraries include Norway, one of UK cruise passengers’ favourite destinations, and the country’s awe-inspiring landscapes are explored – and explained – on a Spirit of Discovery’s Norway Rocks seven-night cruise.
There will be insightful lectures held onboard by a geologist, describing the powerful forces of nature which created the fjords, cliffs, mountains and island. The 999-passenger ship will make calls in to Kristiansand, Bergen, Ålesund and Haugesund – the royal seat of the Vikings – with the chance to travel by steam train on the Setesdal Railway and take a cable car to the summit of Mount Ulrikken.
The journey begins on the sunnier, southern Skagerrak coast, where colourful holiday huts contrast with green coastal grasses and grey rocks, and from Kristiansand guests can explore the lovely old town of Posebyen.
The UNESCO World Heritage City of Bergen is backed by mountains while Ålesund, the ‘Adventure Capital of the Fjords’, is a town with unusual art nouveau architecture, having been rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1904.
The final port of call, Haugesund, is surrounded by moors and mountains, and once prospered from herring fishing. Visitors can trace the legacy of Harald Hårfagre, the Viking who united Norway and became its first king more than 1,000 years ago, whose life is depicted in scenes at his burial mound, now a national monument.
Other attractions include an unexpected memorial to Marilyn Monroe, as well as the option of joining a RIB boat ride to visit the quaint and self-sufficient island of Rovaer.
Money back guarantee
Saga is so confident that first-time guests will love life on board its award-winning cruise ships that it is offering early flights home and a refund of the cruise fare to anyone who does not enjoy the sailing.
For details visit saga.co.uk/ocean-cruises or call 0800 50 50 30.
Seven nights from £1,554 per person, aboard Spirit of Discovery, departing Dover on September 26, 2019.
Price includes UK travel package to and from Dover, all meals and entertainment, choice of table wines at lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, free wifi, all on-board gratuities, porterage, free shuttle bus 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 if passenger has own insurance.
All excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.
Price based on two people sharing the lowest available balcony cabin grade and includes any relevant booking discount. Fare was correct at the time of sending and is subject to availability and change. Further terms and conditions apply. Please call for details.
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