17 October 2018, 06:30

See finishing touches being applied to new ship Spirit of Discovery at shipyard

See finishing touches being applied to new ship Spirit of Discovery at shipyard: Maritime Cities of the Continent Netherlands

Maritime cities cruise features maiden call to Wilhemshaven

  • Maritime historian and shipbuilding expert on board
  • Six-night, all-inclusive, no-fly sailing
  • UK travel service to and from Dover

Saga Cruises loves to source new ports of call and Wilhemshaven, in Lower Saxony, Germany, is featured in Saga Sapphire’s new Maritime Cities of the Continent cruise from Dover on February 2, 2019.

From Wilhelmshaven, guests have an exclusive opportunity to visit the Meyer Werft Shipyard to see the finishing touches being made to Saga’s first new-build ship Spirit of Discovery which launches in July 2019.

A maritime historian and shipbuilding expert give lectures on board 700-passenger Saga Sapphire to enhance the experience during the six-night, all-inclusive cruise.

Saga Sapphire also sails along the River Elbe to moor in the heart of Hamburg, which blends its heritage as a free Hanseatic city with a host of modern attractions and legendary nightlife. It is also home to a Miniature Wonderland featuring the world’s largest model railway and a Saga tour goes behind the scenes of the control centre.

A guided walk through the cobbled streets of Edam is on the itinerary during a call to Ijmuiden, as well as an included tour of Amsterdam or a visit to the Zaanse Schans open air museum with its windmills, traditional houses and clog carving demonstrations.

Romantic Bruges awaits during a mooring in Zeebrugge or guests can continue the maritime theme with an optional tour of Antwerp’s Red Star Line Museum. Two million passengers emigrated from Antwerp to North America from the mid 19th century to early 20th century and the museum tells their compelling stories.

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

Six nights from £922 departing from Dover on February 6, 2019.

 Price includes UK travel package to and from Dover, all meals and entertainment, all-inclusive drinks – selected wines with lunch and dinner, house-branded spirits and cocktails, draught beer and lager, plus all soft drinks – 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 based on two people sharing an Inside Guarantee 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.



Alex Brazier


  • Maritime Cities of the Continent Netherlands