Cruising has now become the fastest growing sector of the holiday industry and whilst it used to be considered the Marmite of the travel world – loved by most who have tried it but dismissed by many who haven’t – consistently the number of UK passengers continues to grow year by year.
Firstly, let me help dispel some of the myths around cruising – as one who knows too well, sea sickness is one of the main barriers to cruising and is a nightmare (I must add that has never prevented me from cruising) but there are steps you can take which might help such as pressure bands, drugs/injections or natural remedies. Also you can take some comfort in that modern day technologies and stabilisers flanking the hull make it very unlikely that you will lose more than a couple of days to sea sickness on board one of the mid to larger size ships.
Another concern is the amount of luggage that you may want to take and this is where our Travel Partner, Saga’s Chauffeur service comes into its own getting you to the ship, relaxed and in style. (Shared chauffeur service is included within 250 miles of the port – Southampton or Dover}.
Choose from the luxury of their boutique ships Spirit of Discovery and Saga Sapphire, or the welcoming nautical atmosphere of Saga Pearl II.
With first-class service, fine dining, opulent surroundings, top entertainment and port of calls at an array of exciting destinations, their cruises evoke that ‘holiday of a lifetime’ feeling every step of the way. Exclusively for the over 50s, their cruises are a tailor-made experience ideal for meeting like minded people and making new friends – whether travelling accompanied or solo.
On both Spirit of Discovery and Saga Sapphire, from 2019, their new Explore Ashore team will be on hand. This exciting service heralds a brand new way to plan and enjoy your time ashore, tailored to exactly how you want it. Explore Ashore is led by an onboard team of experts, brimming with local knowledge and ready to help you get the most out of your time on land. More than that, rather than a tour of thousands, they will show you the main sights of your destination on a small-group excursion so you won’t feel rushed or herded around on the tourist trail and its far more personal and memorable too.
Spirit of Discovery is their new luxury ship which features the design cues, cuisine and levels of service you expect in the world’s finest boutique hotels with the exception of being able to wake up in a new idyllic location different to the one you went to sleep in. It offers a balcony for every guest and whether you choose to dine in the Grand Dining Room or any of the specialty restaurants, all your meals will be included in the price, along with a choice of house wines, tips and service charges.
In a first for Saga, Spirit of Discovery will also have her very own seafood restaurant, serving British and locally-sourced fish, shellfish and other fruits de mer. Offering a modern seafood dining experience every evening on board, Coast to Coast will focus on minimalistic cooking that allows the food to speak for itself. So whether you want the ‘catch of the day’ simply grilled or pan fried, or have a palette for more adventurous tartare, ceviche and shellfish dishes, all will be on the menu at no extra charge.
In addition and recalling the famous music lounges of the 1950s the ship features ‘The Club by Jools’ where Jools Holland and his band will be playing live on several cruises – the first three of which can be booked now – these will be very popular so don’t delay ensure your reservation now!
The Club by Jools will offer sumptuous cocktails and dining with live music, it will rival the world’s best supper clubs, with classic starters such as Cornish Crab Cakes and Baked Four Onion Soup. Among the sumptuous mains, you can look forward to Grilled Half Lobster, Surf n Turf Fillet and Grilled Dover Sole with Braised Young Leek and Artichoke. As with all the restaurants aboard Spirit of Discovery, dining in The Club by Jools is included in your fare.
Once you have experienced cruising then you will quickly learn the many benefits of this type of holiday as it allows you to explore the world in comfort and luxury and is one, if not, the, most relaxing way to travel.
If Ocean Cruises are not to your taste then equally relaxing is a River Cruise and Saga’s popular VIP door-to-door travel service is also available on all river cruises of 11 nights or more and is the perfect way to get your river cruise off to a great start.
They feature a broad range of river cruises , including 20 new itineraries so finding the perfect cruise for you couldn’t be easier. Cruise along the French Waterways, explore the Douro, or discover the fabled castles and wine towns of the Rhine. Alternatively, choose one of their cruise and stay holidays which combine a relaxing ricer cruise with hotel stays in cities such as Prague, Krakow and Vienna.
Tailor Made Travel can fulfil your dreams and aspirations so contact us for help in planning your Ocean or River Cruise available from our Travel Partner, Saga.
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