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LandC

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  1. I agree.  Saga prices have increased by more than I would have expected.  We have also sailed with Fred and they offer some interesting itineraries.  The prices of their balcony cabins have always been high though.  When you factor in drinks, tips, travel insurance, transport from home and some included shore excursions, the Saga prices are not that different.

     

    I do think that Saga should offer more port intensive itineraries, and some fly cruises if they want to compete with Fred. Olsen.

  2. It’s disappointing, but better than postponing sailings one month at a time. We rolled over a booking on Spirit of Adventure to 2022, and we have a cruise booked next June on Spirit of Discovery.  We’re hoping that by March, when the balance is payable, we will have a COVID vaccine or at least effective treatment.  

    We’ll have to hope for the best!

     

  3. We liked the Terrace Balcony cabins on Boudicca and Black Watch.  The nearest equivalent on the “new” ships are the TC cabins on Deck 3.  They have sliding glass doors on to the promenade deck, so strictly speaking they are not balcony cabins.  
     

    Before booking, however, I would like to know if any of these cabins are under the kitchen or entertainment areas.
     

     

  4. We have been looking at Viking ocean cruises as well.  Viking have similar sized ships, to Saga with all balcony cabins.  We can usually only manage 2 weeks away, so their fly cruises are of interest, as they enable us to cruise further afield.  The price of a 2 week fly cruise in summer 2022 in the cheapest balcony cabin works out at over £400 pppn.  This includes flights, gratuities, beer and wine with lunch and dinner, and one included shore excursion in every port (this is usually a walking tour or a panoramic coach tour.) It does not include home transfers or travel insurance.  It puts Saga’s prices into perspective.  


    We will wait for a special offer before we book a Viking cruise!
     

     

  5. We have bitten the bullet and booked a 2 week cruise on Adventure.  We had a deposit left with them plus they gave us 10% credit from a cancelled cruise, so we only had to pay a small deposit.  We want to sail on the new ship so hopefully it will happen without incident.  We are optimists!

     

    We had a general discussion about safety.  Saga will ensure protocols in place, as necessary, but not able to say more at this stage.  Shared transfers were offered as standard, so Saga is  assuming that the threat of the virus will be over by 2022.   If this is not the case, they will obviously have to look at it again.   We have paid for a private transfer to Southampton, which will cost £35 pp as we are outside of the “free” zone for transfers.  We would have done this anyway as it saves the hassle of leaving home at the crack of dawn to collect other passengers, which is what happened to us last time.

  6. We got a call from Saga yesterday (we pre-registered in March).  Prices For 2 people sharing a cabin worked out at approx £250 pppn for a standard cabin, and £300 pppn for a deluxe cabin.

    This price includes a 35% discount for early bookers!
     

     

  7. I agree with you that the itineraries are rather uninspiring - pretty much the same as 2021.  I would like to have seen a few more cruises round the UK.  The Black Sea cruise on Adventure has an interesting itinerary, but we don’t want to be on a ship for 32 nights!  
    I wish Saga would introduce a few fly cruises.  They say that their customers don’t want them, but I think they could easily offer an on-line survey to find out.

     

    We are still pondering which cruise to book.  We looked at the 17 night Corsica and Sardinia cruise, but there are too many sea days for us.  We haven’t been on a Canaries cruise - crossing the Bay of Biscay In winter has put us off up till now!  How do you find it?

  8. Wacktle, as our message facility is not working, if you don’t want to post your email address here,  I suggest you contact Saga with your Booking ref. for the pre-registration, and ask them to email the PDF to you.

     

    I find the live chat facility on Saga’s website is useful, and messages are usually answered in a few minutes.

  9. 5 hours ago, Wacktle said:

    Hi LandC,  We haven't had the PDF, but registered only a couple of weeks ago. If I send you a private message, would you email it to me? Deciding whether to make a booking for 2022 is going to be difficult without knowing whether the 2020 and 2021 cruises we've booked will go ahead. Thanks.


    OK.

  10. The   PDF of the 2022 schedule was emailed to us yesterday.  Did you get your copy?  I gather Saga have already started calling people.  Hopefully we will get a call soon.  
     

    The cruises are similar to previous years, and include an 83 night voyage to South America departing 5 January 2022.  All the cruises on Spirit of Adventure depart from Southampton, which is handy for us.  

  11. Fred’s smallest ship, the Braemar,  carries nearly 3 times as many passengers as the Aegean Odyssey did.  We last sailed on her in the Caribbean, flying to/from Barbados, and we had 2 very good lecturers on that cruise. It’s still a relatively small ship, with less than 1,000 passengers.  If VtoA offer cruises on her,  they may have their own bespoke shore tours, which will cut down the queues for disembarkation, coaches etc.  It’s a case of wait and see.

     

    Noble Caledonia’s ships carry around 100 passengers, so possibly a closer fit to

    the VtoA experience.  As stated in my post above, I have a cruise booked but haven’t yet been on board.  Perhaps someone reading this thread is able to offer their first hand experience. 


     I have signed up for the email newsletter from NC, which is delivered to my inbox every weekend, and I find it very informative.

     

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