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LandC

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  1. I have just been watching the news. The Government advised that the public should not expect to be able go on foreign holidays this summer. Also, Spain intends to ask foreign visitors to go into quarantine for 2 weeks. Unless this situation changes, I can’t see my cruise to France and Spain going ahead at the end of September, even if the ship is ready.
  2. That’s interesting Glenndale. So they didn’t offer you a refund? We have a September SoA cruise booked, which is unlikely to go ahead, not least because the launch of the ship has been delayed. I hope Saga will advise us soon of the options available to us.
  3. no sapphire, Thanks for the information on the build progress of Adventure. We also have a cruise booked on Discovery next year, so transferring our deposit to that cruise would be an option.
  4. You are probably right nosapphire. It will be interesting to see what Saga say about Spirit of Adventure in particular. IMO it would be wrong to ask us to pay the balance for a cruise when the launch of the ship is going to be delayed beyond our cruise date.
  5. Likewise our cruise this September. I hope Saga confirms cancellation soon as we are due to pay the balance at the end of June!
  6. I see from an article on CruiseMapper dated April 5 that the launch of Spirit of Adventure is likely to be delayed by “up to 12 months”. Not surprising really given the current situation with Coronavirus. I’m disappointed, but better to be safe. What do others think?
  7. mungopark, I agree with jerseylily that you need to make an informed choice. Would Fred. allow you to transfer your deposit to another cruise which sails later in the year, or the following year? This might be a better option than losing your deposit.
  8. That’s very helpful information annieuk, thank you. The balance payment on our September cruise is due end of June. We were wondering whether to pay it as we’re not convinced that the Coronavirus threat will have ended by September. We may ask Saga if we can transfer the money we have paid on that cruise to the cruise we have recently booked for June 2021, when, fingers crossed, the virus will no longer be a concern.
  9. We have booked Ireland on Discovery in June 2021. We have an escorted tour to Sicily booked for this May, which is very unlikely to go ahead, plus our Taste of France and Spain cruise on Adventure in September is looking doubtful, unless the situation improves before then. Just been to the supermarket and they have sold out of chicken, baked beans, loo rolls and eggs! Never mind, we’ll just have to hunker down and hope for the best. It’s a first world problem after all, and we are both well.
  10. We had a call this morning, and have also booked a standard cabin with 30% discount!
  11. I agree with nosapphire, it’s worth another try. If this fails, ask Saga to allow you to transfer your payment to a cruise sailing in 2021, when the threat of Coronavirus may have reduced. There is a precedent for this, as my friends had to postpone a cruise due to unforeseen circumstances, and Saga allowed them to transfer their payment to a similar length cruise the following year. Good luck!
  12. Has anyone received a PDF of the 2021 cruise schedule yet?
  13. I wonder when Saga will start phoning people who have pre-registered? Presumably those of us who have paid £90 will get a copy of the brochure before 23 March, or a PDF of the brochure, so that they can decide which cruise to book.
  14. Thanks Glenndale, it looks like the build for SoA is on schedule. This is very good news!
  15. Does anyone have any information on the build progress of Spirit of Adventure? Not much information on the Saga website. Hopefully it will be completed on time for it’s inaugural cruise in August. We are looking forward to our first cruise on her.
  16. I understand that Saga have recently cancelled the World Cruise on SoD. I’m not surprised, as it was very expensive! This may be why they have had to delay the launch of the 2021/2022 itineraries.
  17. We found out about advance registration last year through our friends, who have sailed With Saga several times. By paying £90 pp, (which is refundable if you don’t book), you get the chance to book cruises before they are advertised to the general public. This means that you get the best discount available. The discount usually starts at 35%, and decreases as cruises are booked up. Your mother will need to phone Saga to pay the £90. Saga will then phone people in the order that they pre-registered, when cruises become available to book. We sailed with Saga for the first t
  18. I agree, it’s very frustrating when we are trying to plan cruises to fit around our other activities next year. If anyone who has pre-registered gets any more information about the release of cruises from April 2021 onwards, please post here.
  19. We also went on SoD last year to Norway in September! It was our first time with Saga and we loved it. We have booked again for an autumn cruise on Spirit of Adventure. Just waiting now for the new itineraries to be released for next year, hopefully we will find another cruise we want to book for spring or summer 2021.
  20. I totally agree Glenndale. The date has slipped still further. I was told recently that they are still planning the itineraries, and will be in touch in early spring! I find it hard to believe that they really are still planning the itineraries at this late stage. I wonder if it’s a pricing issue? They raised their prices significantly when they introduced all-inclusive drinks last November, and from reading comments on this Board, it has deterred some people from booking.
  21. We paid a pre-registration fee of £90 per person last Autumn, for cruises departing from April 2021 onwards. Has anyone else has done this? We expected to be contacted by Saga this month, with details of the new cruises, but have heard nothing yet.
  22. Thanks Solent Richard. This is certainly a very helpful review. We spent a week on SoD in September and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a standard cabin but found the storage space rather limited, especially in the wardrobe where the life jackets etc took up the space normally used for shoes. We ended up having to put our shoes under the bed! We are considering booking a higher grade cabin next time to get the extra space. How did you rate the mid-ship suite? The bedroom area looks rather small, but this may be due to the angle of the photo. Did you have the opportunity to view a deluxe
  23. I agree Glenndale. We pre-registered for cruises from April 2021 when we were on board SoD in September. I phoned recently to enquire when these cruises would be available to book, and was told that it would be in the New Year. Does that mean January 2020, I wonder?
  24. Following your blog Cinnamon! We were on the same cruise as you, and it was our first Saga cruise. We are in our late 60s. We loved the ship, the crew were fantastic and the food excellent. We managed to eat at all three speciality restaurants during the week. We enjoyed most of the entertainment, which included a classical quartet. I also joined in the Joanna Hall WalkActive sessions which were very useful for improving my posture and walking technique! However we would have liked to hear some interesting lectures, as we thought those delivered by the ex SAS chap were p
  25. I agree. We live 240 miles away from Dover, and are being picked up at 8.25 am on Thursday.
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