21 June 2018, 13:22
21 June 2018, 13:22
Saga Sapphire’s sparkling farewell sailings
Five-cruise finale includes the Med, the Baltic and best of Britain
- Race across a frozen lake in a Porsche 9II
- Visit Bethlehem, Alexandria and Israel
- Dine in the shadow of the mighty pyramids
From Nordic Noir to the Holy Land, the five final voyages of one of British cruising’s most popular ships are open for booking.
Saga Sapphire, which has been carrying Saga guests since 2012, is to bow out with an epic 33-night Grand Finale sailing from May 6 to June 8, 2020, immediately after a circumnavigation of the British Isles.
The ship’s farewell tour also features the Baltic, a gastronomically-themed cruise to Europe’s Atlantic coast and Morocco, and a Norwegian fjords exploration.
Before her last return to Southampton, Saga Sapphire’s final port of call will be Gibraltar, marking the start of a farewell party for up to 720 guests and 415 crew.
It will complete a cruise taking in Valletta, Messina, Alexandria, Israel, the Greek islands, Athens and Istanbul, with chances to visit Bethlehem, dine in the shadow of the pyramids and attend a special event in an underground 4th-century cistern in Istanbul
The 15-night British Coast to Coast cruise from Dover visits Newcastle, Belfast and Liverpool, the Orkney and Channel Islands, as well as the Jurassic Coast, with entertainment including a highland feast, talks on the Royal Family, Shakespeare-inspired performances and a Beatles party.
Among the optional tours are a heritage train ride over the monumental Glenfinnan Viaduct and visits to Trinity College, Dublin, and Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh.
The Scandinavian Vistas cruise of beautiful Baltic scenery features visits to fishing communities, plus film screenings and talks on the Nordic Noir dramatic style, before the ship’s final traverse of the Kiel Canal to Dover.
Guests can enjoy flamenco and Andalusian cuisine on the 19-night Tastes of Spain and Portugal sailing from Dover, as well as a cookery class in Casablanca, while the 10-night Musical Norway cruise, also from Dover, features the nine-mile long Geirangerfjord, with musical excursions and on-board jazz, and experience driving a Porsche 911 on a frozen lake!
Dates and prices
Scandinavian Vistas, eight nights from £1377, departs Dover on March 15, 2020.
Tastes of Spain and Portugal, 19 nights from £3236 departs March 23, 2020.
Musical Norway, 10 nights from £1747, departs Dover on April 11, 2020.
Coast to Coast, British Isles, 15 nights from £2828 departs Dover April 21, 2020.
Grand Finale cruise, 33 nights from £7900 departs Southampton on May 6, 2020.
For details call 0800 50 50 30 or visit saga.co.uk/sapphire.
Prices include UK travel package to and from Southampton or 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 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 is per person, based on two people sharing the lowest available inside 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. Please call for details