Posted August 14th, 2017, 03:03 PM
I had a call this morning from Saga, as we pre-registered (paid £90 each), for their new ship Spirit of Discovery, due to be launched July 2019. The itineraries have now been published and are available to book for people who have pre-registered. They are all no-fly cruises. We have never sailed with Saga before, but have sailed several times with Fred. Olsen. We are wondering whether to go ahead and book a short cruise to try out the ship. We are in our mid-sixties. Has anyone else taken the plunge?!
We've also paid the £90 and are waiting for "the" phone call from Saga.
We did a 5 night Christmas Markets cruise on Saga Sapphire last December and found the ship to be one of the liveliest we've been on. The dancefloor was full, and a "Diana Ross" show was in full swing in another lounge well after the time my other half had given up and gone to bed. It may all have been down to the all-inclusive drinks that applied to that particular cruise. On top of it all, the door-to-door service was fantastic. It was great not having to worry about parking, traffic, the weather, etc. One aspect I enjoyed on Saga Sapphire was the indoor pool, sauna, steam room and spa tub down in the bowels of the ship. It was almost deserted. (It does look as though the equivalent pool on the new ship won't be large enough for swimming though, sadly.)
We also found that many Saga passengers have Saga running through their veins. Several told us how great the service was but, when quizzed, none had ever been on any other cruise line! We've been on 20+ cruises on lines ranging from Ocean Village, P&O, Cunard, Azamara, Thomson, Fred Olsen, Star Clippers, so have much to compare against. We found the onboard service variable, but sometimes unexpectedly excellent.
One surprise to us, considering the age of the passengers, was that parts of the ship were very cold.
We're on another Saga Sapphire cruise later this year, once again, all inclusive, so hopefully it'll be fun.
By the way, we're 63 and 64. Some passengers were very old ... one man had been de-mobbed from the army before we were born, and 2 couples were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversaries. There were, however, far fewer walkers and wheelchairs than we'd encountered on P&O Ventura, and we never got rammed by a wheelchair once!
Go for it ... but it's very hard to choose without full itineraries, isn't it.