The holiday company catering for the over-50s operates two ships, both of them roomy and elegant, and has also begun once again to market cruises by other operators. Cruises on Saga’s own vessels are relatively relaxed affairs, and the guest speaker programme is particularly strong. Cuisine is of excellent quality throughout.
Saga Sapphire was formerly Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa and retains a luxury air, particularly in its public areas and the spacious restaurant. Saga Pearl II (at one time Quest for Adventure in the now-defunct Spirit of Adventure brand) has slightly fewer facilities, but never disappoints. Saga no longer offers world voyages, but has a varied programme of ex-UK itineraries from four nights to 35 (with an ambitious 73-night South America voyage scheduled for January 2016).
Gratuities are included.