10 May 2019, 10:36

Saga confirms trio of 2020 voyages with Jools Holland on board for nights of Boogie-Woogie, R&B, Jazz and Soul

Saga confirms trio of 2020 voyages with Jools Holland on board for nights of Boogie-Woogie, R&B, Jazz and Soul: Jools Holland standing at the piano - photo by Mary McCartney

Jools Holland will sail on a trio of cruises aboard new ship Spirit of Discovery next year, playing a mix of Boogie-Woogie, R&B, Jazz and Soul during two performances, accompanied by his band of musicians.

As part of a five-year partnership with Saga Cruises, Jools Holland has also endorsed one of Spirit of Discovery’s three speciality restaurants, The Club by Jools, inspired by 1950s cabaret lounges.

The Club by Jools venue will offer a variety of steaks, as well as live music and cocktails with resident and guest musicians.

The 2020 cruises featuring appearances by Jools Holland are:

A Baltic Fable

Jools Holland and his band will be performing on this cruise to six Baltic cities which celebrates history and culture of the region from tales of the Russian Tsars to Hans Christian Andersen fairytales. There’s also more music including fun sounds from an Oompah Band to the iconic pop of ABBA.
16 nights from £3,647 per person, departing Dover on August 7, 2020.

Sounds of Spain

Music on this cruise continues with the enchanting sounds of the Spanish guitar and performances of flamenco. Tours ashore feature a trail of Valencia’s wonderful street art and exploring the UNESCO-listed old town of Ibiza. On the Spanish mainland, guests visit the ports of Almeria and Cadiz, with their beautiful buildings and sun-dappled squares.

14 nights from £2,975 per person, departing Southampton on March 15, 2020.

Western France and the Costa Verde

Music and gastronomy will be the two main themes on this cruise which features two new ports for Saga Cruises, San Sebastian and Marin. Spirit of Discovery will sail along the Garonne to Bordeaux for guests to join an exclusive dinner at a local château, while along the coast of northern Spain there will be more treats including Basque pintxos, and Galician wine.

15 nights from £3,721 per person, departing Dover on July 23, 2020. 

For details call free on 0800 656 9919 or visit saga.co.uk/ocean-cruises

Prices for the above three cruises featuring Jools Holland on board  include 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 standard 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.



Alex Brazier

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  • Jools Holland standing at the piano - photo by Mary McCartney