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#22
Hertfordshire UK
738 Posts
Joined Aug 2005
we are booked on Saga Spirit of Discovery on Feb 16 2020. - Norways night Skies
We have seen the Northern lights several times with P&O (and are booked on Aurora in 2019)- although Discovery is more expensive they offer a better itinerary of 15 nights against P&O 12 nights - but Discovery will be far superior to Oriana or Aurora currently "doing" the lights
Alan
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October 17 2018 Douro Queen 8 days River Douro Cruise
December 19 2018 Caribbean Princess Circle Caribbean
Feb 27 2019 P&O Aurora Northern Lights Norway from Southampton
June 17 2019 Scenic River Cruise Romantic Rhine and Moselle on Scenic Pearl
Dec 21 2019 Celebrity Eclipse Buenos Aires to Santiago
Feb 16 2020 Saga Spirit of Discovery Northern lights from Southampton

Past cruises
From 2004 to date on Thomson, Regent, Silversea, Princess, Cunard, P&O, Celebrity and others

Dec 17 2017 Panama Canal - Miami to LA,
Feb 25 2018 Oriana Northern Lights Norway from Southampton
June 23 2018 Crown Princess Western Med & Adriatic (Barcelona to Athens)
#23
United Kingdom
3 Posts
Joined Mar 2018
New to cruising and have done two cruises on SagaSapphire. Norway and the canary isle. Both great we are now hooked and look forward to our next cruise to the Baltic with Cruise Maritime in May
#24
Chelmsford, Essex, UK
2,039 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
Future cruise bookings on board.

We are cruising on the Saga Pearl II next month, but are looking to try out the Spirit of Discovery next year. Is there any benefit in waiting to book once on board, or are we better off booking it now?
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#25
Hertfordshire UK
738 Posts
Joined Aug 2005
As its a new ship I am expecting it sell out very quickly, like many we book as early as possible to ensure we get the cabin we want.

Saga have a variable discount starting high when first released and dropping as the ship fills.

Alan
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Up Coming
October 17 2018 Douro Queen 8 days River Douro Cruise
December 19 2018 Caribbean Princess Circle Caribbean
Feb 27 2019 P&O Aurora Northern Lights Norway from Southampton
June 17 2019 Scenic River Cruise Romantic Rhine and Moselle on Scenic Pearl
Dec 21 2019 Celebrity Eclipse Buenos Aires to Santiago
Feb 16 2020 Saga Spirit of Discovery Northern lights from Southampton

Past cruises
From 2004 to date on Thomson, Regent, Silversea, Princess, Cunard, P&O, Celebrity and others

Dec 17 2017 Panama Canal - Miami to LA,
Feb 25 2018 Oriana Northern Lights Norway from Southampton
June 23 2018 Crown Princess Western Med & Adriatic (Barcelona to Athens)
#26
Hertfordshire UK
738 Posts
Joined Aug 2005
Prompted by jgw321 question re booking on board - just for fun I did a current price check on one of our future cruises. In Feb 2019 we are doing a Northern lights cruise from Southampton on P&O Aurora.

We booked a Mini Suite on deck B in September 2017, we didn't book on board while on an earlier cruise but via our agent

I checked today and all Mini Suites are sold out so I priced a deluxe balcony on B Deck - the deluxe balcony is £2400 total more expensive than the booked mini suite.

That's why we book as early as possible

Alan
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Up Coming
October 17 2018 Douro Queen 8 days River Douro Cruise
December 19 2018 Caribbean Princess Circle Caribbean
Feb 27 2019 P&O Aurora Northern Lights Norway from Southampton
June 17 2019 Scenic River Cruise Romantic Rhine and Moselle on Scenic Pearl
Dec 21 2019 Celebrity Eclipse Buenos Aires to Santiago
Feb 16 2020 Saga Spirit of Discovery Northern lights from Southampton

Past cruises
From 2004 to date on Thomson, Regent, Silversea, Princess, Cunard, P&O, Celebrity and others

Dec 17 2017 Panama Canal - Miami to LA,
Feb 25 2018 Oriana Northern Lights Norway from Southampton
June 23 2018 Crown Princess Western Med & Adriatic (Barcelona to Athens)
#27
Dover, Kent
28 Posts
Joined May 2017
Please is anyone able to offer me some insight into how Saga's cabin grades work? I've looked into it as best I can but am learning very little. I know I could ring them and ask but they are a little bit pushy once they find someone who's got half an interest and I'm not really up for being hassled just yet.
Sorry if I've hijacked a thread about something else, it's the Discovery I've seen an interesting itinerary on.
#28
Hertfordshire UK
738 Posts
Joined Aug 2005
The Spirit of Discovery is being built so there are no "real" photos

Go to Saga's web https://travel.saga.co.uk/cruises/oc...in-grades.aspx which shows cabin descriptions, and deck plans. The pictures shown are obviously sales mock ups at this early stage but were good enough for us to book a Deluxe Balcony cabin on the Northern lights cruise in Feb 2020.
Hope this helps Alan
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Up Coming
October 17 2018 Douro Queen 8 days River Douro Cruise
December 19 2018 Caribbean Princess Circle Caribbean
Feb 27 2019 P&O Aurora Northern Lights Norway from Southampton
June 17 2019 Scenic River Cruise Romantic Rhine and Moselle on Scenic Pearl
Dec 21 2019 Celebrity Eclipse Buenos Aires to Santiago
Feb 16 2020 Saga Spirit of Discovery Northern lights from Southampton

Past cruises
From 2004 to date on Thomson, Regent, Silversea, Princess, Cunard, P&O, Celebrity and others

Dec 17 2017 Panama Canal - Miami to LA,
Feb 25 2018 Oriana Northern Lights Norway from Southampton
June 23 2018 Crown Princess Western Med & Adriatic (Barcelona to Athens)
#30
Chelmsford, Essex, UK
2,039 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
Originally posted by retiredbrit
The pictures shown are obviously sales mock ups at this early stage but were good enough for us to book
You are right, those pictures made the Spirit of Discovery look very enticing. I hope they paid the graphic design company well. They certainly seem to have found the best people for the job.
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#31
Devon, UK
133 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
We have booked a cruise on Saga’s new ship Spirit of Discovery, due to launch summer 2019.
We have also pre-registered for cruises on Saga’s second new ship Spirit of Adventure, due to launch in 2020.
We are wondering when the cruises will go on sale.
#32
Chelmsford, Essex, UK
2,039 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
Originally posted by jgw321
Is there any benefit in waiting to book once on board, or are we better off booking it now?
The advice was book as early as possible if you want the best price. Saga offer a discount which reduces as the sail date gets nearer.

To clear up any doubt of the benefit of on board booking we asked the future sales consultant when on board and there is no financial advantage like other lines (reduced deposit, on board credit, extra price discount etc.) . What we found was that he was able to take all the information from your current booking across so that you didn't have to do all the form filling you normally do when you book online yourself. He also confirmed the advice given here, book as early as possible for the best price,
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#33
England
372 Posts
Joined Mar 2009
Four of us booked on Norwegian Legends in August 2019. It is our first time with Saga.
We have just been told it will be all inclusive with "selected wines" at lunch & dinner. Does this mean we can only drink wine at meal times or, can you have glass instead of, say, a G & T in an evening?
Does All inclusive mean exactly that or, are there restrictions as to the time of day you can drink alcohol?
Any advice on this or, anything else about this cruise would be very welcome.
Thanks
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Norwegian Pearl - Eastern Caribbean out of Tampa. January 2019
Saga Sapphire - Norwegian Fjords out of Southampton - August 2019

Past Cruises
Celebrity Solstice - Sydney to Hawaii - April 2018
Azamara Quest - Transatlantic, Barcelona to Miami - November 2017
Norwegian Spirit - Mediterranean out of Barcelona - January 2017
Celebrity Infinity - Alaska out of Vancouver- September 2016
Norwegian Epic - Canaries out of Barcelona - January 2016
Diamond Princess - Singapore to Sydney - October 2014
Azamara Quest - Greece & Turkey out of Athens - June 2014
Norwegian Gem - Eastern Caribbean out of New York - Christmas 2012
Carnival Paradise - Mexico out of Tampa - March 2012
Azamara Quest - Asia out of Hong Kong - April 2011
Norwegian Jewel - Eastern Caribbean out of Miami - April 2009
Norwegian Jewel - Eastern Caribbean out of Miami - November 2006
#34
Chelmsford, Essex, UK
2,039 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
Originally posted by readingfast
Does All inclusive mean exactly that or, are there restrictions as to the time of day you can drink alcohol?
I have only had one cruise so far with Saga and therefore am no expert. My understanding is that Saga always included free wines with lunch and dinner so the all inclusive upgrade doesn't add those but in the past if you had extra drinks during the day you would pay for these, now they will be included in the cruise price. It also includes soft drinks and standard beers and I think standard cocktails, premium drinks would be extra probably.

No restrictions on when and what you drink, you can even bring your own alcohol (wine or spirits) aboard which some lines forbid. The only restriction would be if you got drunk. I don't know how they would deal with it but I am sure they would. I have never seen drunken behaviour on any cruise, but it must happen occasionally.

Our last cruise was our first with Saga and we found it excellent and have booked again, so I hope you enjoy the cruise. I did a review of my cruise at http://click.email.cruisecritic.com/...f98428be2f5fbb
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#35
Lincolnshire England
2,893 Posts
Joined Jul 2009
We have done several now on Saga Pearl - essentially at first because of no flying and a limo. from home to ship and back. However, we have been pleasantly surprised by how much we have enjoyed her. Admittedly, we are quite old, and there are few under 60 on her cruises.

All inclusive means that as well as the always included wine with lunch and dinner (always a choice, usually of two reds and two whites, and some rose) which is poured generously, you can have fairly generic drinks at any time the bars are open, which will be from at the latest 10.30 a.m. They include g and t, whisky, bloody marys, vodka and orange juice if you like it, and some beers. The spirits are basic brands, but OK for most people. If you want something exotic, like my favourite Negroni, you will pay probably £5 for a generous one. The brandy on its own is horrible, but might be all right with ginger ale! Anyone who likes a drink before lunch and a couple before before dinner will save about £200 on their bar bill for two.

The new ship should be really lovely, though for us rather too many passengers at almost 1,000.
#36
Chelmsford, Essex, UK
2,039 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
Originally posted by lincslady
The new ship should be really lovely, though for us rather too many passengers at almost 1,000.
That was a useful post, thanks. We found on CMV Columbus with 1200 passengers it didn't seem any more crowded as there was more room to spread out. The big thing with the new ships is that they have been designed for the Saga clientel. I am looking forward to them. Mind you we are used to the 800 range whereas Saga Pearl is only 500. (We have yet to experience the Sapphire).
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#37
England
372 Posts
Joined Mar 2009
Just heard directly from Saga that "all Inclusive" means that you can have any of the listed drinks, including wine, any time the bars are open.
Also confirmed that decaffeinated coffee was available at all times.
Hope this helps other people too.
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Norwegian Pearl - Eastern Caribbean out of Tampa. January 2019
Saga Sapphire - Norwegian Fjords out of Southampton - August 2019

Past Cruises
Celebrity Solstice - Sydney to Hawaii - April 2018
Azamara Quest - Transatlantic, Barcelona to Miami - November 2017
Norwegian Spirit - Mediterranean out of Barcelona - January 2017
Celebrity Infinity - Alaska out of Vancouver- September 2016
Norwegian Epic - Canaries out of Barcelona - January 2016
Diamond Princess - Singapore to Sydney - October 2014
Azamara Quest - Greece & Turkey out of Athens - June 2014
Norwegian Gem - Eastern Caribbean out of New York - Christmas 2012
Carnival Paradise - Mexico out of Tampa - March 2012
Azamara Quest - Asia out of Hong Kong - April 2011
Norwegian Jewel - Eastern Caribbean out of Miami - April 2009
Norwegian Jewel - Eastern Caribbean out of Miami - November 2006
#38
Chelmsford, Essex, UK
2,039 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
Originally posted by readingfast
Hope this helps other people too.
Yes, it should do, thanks. That puts it very clearly. I hadn't thought about wine other than at meal times, as that is only time I drink it apart from watching films at home, but some people take a glass of wine rather than a beer or a spirit in a bar.
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#39
Leicestershire, UK
1,322 Posts
Joined Apr 2005
Originally posted by readingfast
Just heard directly from Saga that "all Inclusive" means that you can have any of the listed drinks, including wine, any time the bars are open.
Also confirmed that decaffeinated coffee was available at all times.
Hope this helps other people too.
Thank you for posting this, just discovered that our Northern Lights trip in February is also now all-inclusive.
Our TA had apparently been informed in June but had not bothered to pass this information on to us.
As to pre-registering for Spirit of Adventure - does anyone have a link?
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#40
Hertfordshire UK
738 Posts
Joined Aug 2005
hi - I take it that you are sailing Feb 2019, we are booked on Spirit of Discovery Northern lights sailing 16 Feb 2020, I dont think they will make that all inclusive yet - if ever
We are sailing on a slightly shorter cruise in Feb 2019 on P&O.
We have done this cruise several times and always seen the lights from the deck - people who did an excursion to see them came back very cold
Alan
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Up Coming
October 17 2018 Douro Queen 8 days River Douro Cruise
December 19 2018 Caribbean Princess Circle Caribbean
Feb 27 2019 P&O Aurora Northern Lights Norway from Southampton
June 17 2019 Scenic River Cruise Romantic Rhine and Moselle on Scenic Pearl
Dec 21 2019 Celebrity Eclipse Buenos Aires to Santiago
Feb 16 2020 Saga Spirit of Discovery Northern lights from Southampton

Past cruises
From 2004 to date on Thomson, Regent, Silversea, Princess, Cunard, P&O, Celebrity and others

Dec 17 2017 Panama Canal - Miami to LA,
Feb 25 2018 Oriana Northern Lights Norway from Southampton
June 23 2018 Crown Princess Western Med & Adriatic (Barcelona to Athens)