04 April 2019, 10:05



Behind the scenes in the Baltic

  • Go backstage at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg
  • Peek behind stage curtain at Stockholm’s Royal Opera House

Saga Sapphire’s Explore Ashore team has revealed two new exclusive tour experiences for ballet and opera-loving guests sailing on the 15-night Grand Baltic cruise from Dover on June 19, 2019.

The behind-the-scenes tours allow the 700-passenger ship’s guests to celebrate the magic of the Baltic’s musical heritage with hand-picked guides who bring history alive.

Backstage at the Ballet - St Petersburg, Russia

The first performance of The Nutcracker, featuring the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg in 1892.

Saga’s guests can imagine the audience’s excitement on the opening night during an intimate and exclusive tour of the venue.
The visit features walking onto the stage that has been graced by world-class dancers including Anna Pavlova and Rudolf Nureyev, and viewing the royal box as well as peering into the costume storage rooms and theatre workshops.

Behind the Scenes at the Royal Opera House - Stockholm, Sweden

Guests can take a peek behind the curtain at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm to experience a theatrical world of wonder and intrigue.

With its waterfront location, the Royal Opera House has been described as ‘one of the world’s most perfect theatres’.
Saga guests can visit the King and Queen’s Royal Suite and many of the hidden rooms while a guide reveals why King Gustav III was assassinated at the opera house during a masked ball at the stroke of midnight on March 16, 1792.

For details visit saga.co.uk/ocean-cruises or call 0800 50 50 30.

15 nights from £2,799 per person departing Dover on June 19, 2019. Price includes UK travel package to and from Dover, all meals and entertainment, all-inclusive drinks (a choice of table wines at lunch and dinner, house-branded spirits and soft drinks, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party and unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues), 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.

Price based on two people sharing an Inside Guarantee cabin where guests receive their cabin number shortly before sailing (or at embarkation) and not at the time of booking. Your cabin may be located anywhere on the ship and twin cabins may have two single beds or one double bed. Further terms and conditions apply. Please call for further details. Fare was correct at the time of going to print and is subject to availability and change.

Excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change.



Alex Brazier