A warm hello to you from Saga Sapphire. I have been onboard for a few days now and wanted to share some of the things that I love about this ship, before we get to the Mediterranean and my shore excursions take over.
Let me just quickly mention the Spitfire fly-over that we had as we sailed from Dover. It was fantastic! I’ve never seen one so close, the pilot literally flew within feet of the ship. Everyone was out on deck taking pictures and enjoying the hot sunshine. It was a great way to start a cruise and definitely different to a brass band or party!
As most of you know, this is my second time aboard this lovely vessel, I was on in May for a Baltic itinerary and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to get back onboard as quickly as possible. I didn’t share everything with you last time around that I wanted to, so here goes.
Saga Sapphire comes with a whole host of little added extras that many of the other ships don’t include and these are some of the things that have brought me back:
- A chauffeur car service from your door to the ship – one of the best aspects of travelling with Saga pre and post-cruise.
- Complimentary bottled water to take on shore excursions – doesn’t sound a lot, but given what other cruise lines actually charge you for this it does make a difference!
- Fresh hand towels in the public rest rooms – beats paper towels any day!
- Genuinely friendly and happy crew
- A jug of water in the cabin, refreshed twice a day.
- Fillet steak on room service free of charge – had to mention the steak again ;)
- Complimentary self-serve fruit juices and all kinds of tea and coffee 24/7.
- Complimentary specialty restaurant.
- A free packed lunch to take ashore at your request.
- Many small-group tours – on my Baltic cruise, two of the excursions I opted for were in groups of no more than 15 people, the smallest one being just 8 people.
- Interesting talks and lectures – last cruise we had some very interesting talks in the Britannia Lounge from some rather famous names, including Phil Davis and Stephen Tompkinson. This cruise we have an ORCA team onboard and later in the cruise several of the dancers from Strictly Come Dancing will be joining.
- Complimentary ice cream and boiled sweets.
- Free wine with lunch and dinner.
- Cakes and cookies throughout the day available in the Drawing Room.
- Free internet.
- 50ml spirit measures – as opposed to the dribble you get on some ships.
- Longer port calls.
- SUPERB food
So, they are just a few of the things that I enjoy about Saga Cruises and I really do believe that the little things make the biggest difference.
To give you some other updates, I dined in East to West on Thursday night and as usual it was delicious. The menu had changed slightly, but the food was superb – I would recommend the tempura king prawns! I hope I get the chance to go back again before the end of the cruise as the new menu also included lobster.
Our weather hasn’t been great. Cloudy skies and a moody ocean haven’t allowed for much al-fresco time, but hopefully that will all change as we get closer to the Mediterranean.
The crew are currently doing drills, it’s quite exciting! Passengers can take part and I am sitting in the Drawing Room at the moment observing what is going on. A man keeps walking past in his breathing apparatus and the room has been filled with smoke to simulate a fire. Lots of passengers are getting involved.
We are in Gibraltar tomorrow from 10:00 until 22:00, a perfect example of a longer port call!
I will check-in with you all again very soon.