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26 July 2016, 01:00

'Saga Bank Holiday Getaway - The perfect small ship cruise'

Saga’s Cruise Planner, James Langley gives his cruise top tip to experience what makes Saga Pearl II special

Sail away on a Bank Holiday Getaway to discover what makes Saga Pearl II such a special ship ¬– the small, yacht-like vessel has a traditional nautical feel, right down to her teak decks.

The six-night cruise from Dover on April 30, 2017 is ideal for new-to-cruise passengers to experience classic cruising with ports of call to Rouen, in France; Falmouth, in Cornwall and St Peter Port in Guernsey.

Saga Pearl II will moor overnight in Rouen and Falmouth to offer guests plenty of time to immerse themselves in the destinations.

Saga’s Cruise Planner James Langley is an expert at creating the perfect itinerary and says this short break is an ideal introduction to Saga’s small-ship cruises. He said: “If I had to pick one cruise next year that offers unique experiences, the kind you can only enjoy on a small ship like Saga Pearl II, this would be it.”

On leaving Dover, Saga Pearl II crosses the Channel for a scenic cruise along the River Seine to Rouen, the ‘city of 100 spires’. Rouen is a historical treasure trove and it was here Joan of Arc who was martyred in Place du Vieux Marché. The Notre-Dame cathedral inspired Monet’s cathedral series and guests can also visit the artist’s former home at Giverny to view the gardens which inspired so much of his work, including the iconic water lily pond.

Saga Pearl II sails back to the UK for an overnight mooring in Falmouth where guests can walk into town, seek out Henry VIII’s imposing clifftop castles or visit various gardens from the subtropical Trebah Gardens, the Lost Gardens of Heligan or the innovative Eden Project.

Falmouth is one of James’ favourite ports. He said: “Saga Pearl II is small enough to berth within the spectacular bay, so you can easily pop ashore and find a friendly pub for a Cornish pasty and some real ale. I also love eating fish and chips while overlooking the pretty harbour.”

A visit to glorious Guernsey awaits, a Channel Island that enjoys more than 2,000 hours of sunshine a year. Sail into the capital, St Peter Port, and stroll straight into the town, enjoy a ramble across the cliffs to look out over Pea Stacks, an important breeding ground for seabirds, or take a round-the-island tour and stop for a classic cream tea.

James added: “Our guests receive a fantastic, friendly welcome aboard Saga Pearl ll, enjoy superb cuisine and amenities, and have time to explore some wonderful destinations close to home. I cannot think of anything better.”


For details visit or call 0800 50 50 30

Six nights from £990 departing from Dover on April 30, 2017. 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, unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues, free Wi-Fi internet, all on-board gratuities, porterage, optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if passenger has own insurance.

Price 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.' For details call free on 0800 50 50 30 or visit

Editors: Saga Holidays is the winner of 16 Gold British Travel Awards 2015 including Best Small Ships Cruise Line, Best
Specialist Cruise Line (Ocean) and Best Cruise Line for Customer Service.

Saga is a leading provider of products and services primarily tailored for customers over the age of 50 in the UK. The Saga brand has been carefully developed over the past 60 years to become one of the most recognised and trusted brands among UK consumers aged over 50. Saga is synonymous in the UK with the over 50s market and is recognised for its high quality products and services. These include cruises and holidays, home and motor insurance, savings and share dealing and the UK’s award winning Saga Magazine.

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