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04 October 2016, 01:00

NEW: The Art of cruising

Saga releases exciting all-inclusive Impressions of the Mediterranean cruise

  • See Gaudí's magnificent architecture in Barcelona
  • Join a private viewing in the Guggenheim, Bilbao
  • Marvel at Dalí's surreal creations in Figueres
  • Enter Cezannne’s art studio in Aix-en-Provence
  • Explore the Picasso Museum, Malaga
  • Enjoy talks and art classes on board

Saga has got in touch with its artistic side to create a cruise where passengers can immerse themselves in a world of art and architecture.

The 20-day Impressions of the Mediterranean sailing on Saga Sapphire visits Barcelona to focus on architect Antonio Gaudi’s extraordinary work before sailing to the nearby port of Palamós which is ideally located for a visit to the Salvador Dali museum, Teatre Dali, in the artist’s hometown of Figueres.

In Malaga the focus is on Picasso and in Bilbao, Saga Sapphire moors overnight so guests can enjoy a private viewing at the spectacular waterside Guggenheim Museum.

Classic architecture also features including the spectacular cathedrals in Cadiz and Palma, plus another highlight is a port of call to Livorno, for Florence, which is home to some of the world’s greatest art and architectural treasures.

The South of France, which has inspired artists over the centuries, is also on the itinerary and during a call in Toulon; guests can follow in the footsteps of Cezanne and visit his studio in Aix-en-Provence. A tour to Arles, where Vincent van Gogh painted many of his masterpieces also takes passengers to see the town’s impressive Roman amphitheatre.

The art and architecture theme also runs through ship’s on board activities and there are art classes, activities and lectures.

One of the talks is presented by a master forger and James Langley, Saga’s Head of Marine Operations, says this will add another interesting dimension for art-loving passengers.

He said: “We have let our imaginations go with this cruise and the itinerary offers lots of different views of art for our passengers.

“They can immerse themselves in art while ashore and be inspired by their favourite artists; so on the return journey they can use their skills and influences to paint their own masterpiece.

“There will be an art tutor on board so everyone from beginners to experienced artists can enjoy the classes.”


Saga Sapphire sails from Southampton on February 23, 2018 on the 20-night round-trip cruise with ports of call to Malaga Barcelona, Palamós, Malaga, Sete, Toulon, Livorno (Florence), Palma and Cadiz.

For details visit or call free on 0800 50 50 30

Price from £3,611 includes UK travel package to and from Southampton, all meals and entertainment, all inclusive drinks (selected wines with lunch and dinner, Saga house-branded spirits, cocktails containing house-branded spirits, draught beer and lager, non-alcoholic cocktails, all mixers and soft drinks), afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party and Captain’s dinner, unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues, free Wi-Fi, 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 reduction if not required.

'Price is per person based on two people sharing the lowest available Inside cabin 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.'

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.

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