13 September 2018, 10:09
Cheers! Saga announces new ships to go all-inclusive in 2020
All house spirits, wine, beer and soft drinks to be included in cruise price
Saga has today announced that its first new luxury boutique cruise ship Spirit of Discovery will become all-inclusive in January 2020 and her sister ship Spirit of Adventure will also be all-inclusive when she joins the fleet in August 2020.
In response to customer demand, this strategic decision by Saga means that guests enjoy all house spirits, wine, beer and soft drinks as part of Saga’s comprehensive cruise package which already includes all gratuities, a UK travel service and FREE Wi-Fi onboard (see full details below).
Chief operating office Nigel Blanks said ‘the decision to go all-inclusive in 2020 had been made to ‘reaffirm our position as a niche luxury cruise operator’.
He said: “Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Adventure are the only boutique small ships being built with British market in mind. I firmly believe that our decision to move to all-inclusive cruising will not only sit well alongside our ‘Boutique Cruising’ proposition, it will also distance us further from the competition whilst giving those that choose to cruise with us an even more exclusive and value for money experience.”
The new all-inclusive drinks package from January 2020 adds to the number of complimentary services already enjoyed Saga Cruises’ guests:
- UK travel package to and from departure port
- All on-board gratuities
- All meals and entertainment
- Afternoon tea
- 24-hour room service
- Welcome cocktail party
- Unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues
- Shuttle bus to nearest town centre from a port
- Optional travel insurance
Saga guests can also expect a boutique service too with two staff to every three passengers. So, there will always be someone on hand to attend and make guests feel truly at home.
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.
ABOUT SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY and SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE
Saga’s first purpose-built cruise ship Spirit of Discovery is the first of two new passenger ships being constructed at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenberg, Germany.
She will replace Saga Pearl II in July 2019 while the second ship, Spirit of Adventure, is planned to enter service in August 2020, replacing Saga Sapphire. Both ships will host 999 guests and 530 crew members.
The ships will be a 58,250 gross ton vessels measuring 774.3ft in length and a maximum beam of 102.4ft.
Price Promise (Saga Pearl II, Saga Sapphire and Spirit of Discovery only): Should we ever reduce our prices or bring in a new special offer after you book (optional ad-hoc services are excluded), we’ll work out the difference and pass the value of the saving back to you. This applies as long as the discounted holiday is exactly the same package offered under exactly the same terms of sale (which means the full terms that apply to your holiday contract, including your cabin grade and whether your cabin is allocated at the time of booking or at embarkation). In calculating any possible saving due, we’ll take into consideration all offers and discounts that were applied at the time of booking and compare the overall price that you’ve been charged with the current price. We will pass on the value of the saving in the form of a higher grade cabin, on-board credit or other value added benefit