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Travel advice

Types of Cruises

If you haven’t experienced an all-inclusive Saga cruise before, this is the guide for you. On every cruise you can expect attentive service, great facilities, chef-prepared dining experiences and comfortable cabins. Wherever you cruise, you can enjoy a range of included and optional excursions that allow you to truly discover new cultures, cuisines and landscapes.

With so many exciting destinations to visit and cruise types offered, you may not know where to start. Would you prefer a warmer or cooler climate? Do you desire a jam-packed adventure or a slower-paced getaway? You could sail overseas, or perhaps you’d prefer a river cruise along Europe’s waterways?

We’ve created this guide to help you discover your perfect cruise, so you can make the most out of every second of your Saga cruise experience.

The Explorer

A view across to the Pitons in St Lucia

From the shores to North America to the west coast of Africa, the tropical sun of the Caribbean to frozen Greenland, land of the polar bears.

Our boutique ocean ships, Spirit of Adventure and Spirit of Discovery cruise to a great variety of destinations, perfect for those looking to explore the world.

The Peace-Seeker

Spirit of Adventure sailing in Norway during the Northern Lights

Desiring a more laid-back retreat? Consider a cruise around the Norwegian Fjords. Witness majestic landscapes with snow-capped mountains, deep gorges and tumbling waterfalls, with trips ashore to quaint villages.

We also offer relaxing, classical music-themed river cruises, with select itineraries offering excursions to watch renowned violinist André Rieu in concert.

The Cultural Connoisseur

Pastel coloured houses lining the harbour in Portofino, Italy

Cruises can be wonderfully educational experiences. Mediterranean cruises visit the great cultural cities of art, music, literature and grand architecture, plus many itineraries offer talks and workshops with cultural experts.

River cruising to Vienna would also be a great option for you, with visits to Viennese palaces and other sites in this sophisticated city.

The Sun Worshipper

A view over the coastline of Tenerife in the Canary Islands

The Mediterranean in summer is a wonderful destination, with blue skies and temperatures well into the 30s. In winter, a cruise to the Caribbean or Canary Islands is the perfect way to escape the cold British weather.

The Caribbean offers exotic cultures, white-sand beaches and lush rainforests, while the volcanic Canary Islands feature laurel forests, lunar landscapes and delicious Spanish cuisine.

The Foodie

Pasteis de nata - Portuguese egg custard tarts

Look out for river cruises with celebrity chefs on board, who give live cookery shows and Q&As. On land, excursions often revolve around local delicacies.

From Dutch cheese to pastéis de nata in Portugal, there is no end to temptations ashore.

The Metropolitan

A view over the Danube river towards Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge in Budapest, illuminated at night

If you love city life, a cruise across the pond to North America would be perfect for you. Visit iconic sites in the Big Apple and Boston then cruise to the cities of Canada.

Our Great Cities of the Danube river cruise also visits five capital cities on the Continent – Bucharest, Belgrade, Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna.

The Home Bird

A view over the historic city of Edinburgh from the Dugald Stewart Monument

A cruise around the British Isles is the easiest way to enjoy some of the best of Britain without the hassle of traffic jams, changing hotels or unpacking every day.

Explore the beauty of the Green Isle, the Scottish islands and the architecture of Edinburgh, the gardens of the Isles of Scilly and the towns along south-west coast.

The Land Lover

Spirit of the Rhine sailing past Breisach on the Rhine river in Germany

Not sure about the ocean waves? You can gain incredible views of Europe’s scenic landscapes from the unique perspective of a river cruise.

Our small but spacious ships are able to explore the waterways of the Continent with ease, offering you multiple city breaks while only having to unpack once!

Shorter Breaks

New to cruising or looking for a shorter break? We offer both ocean and river cruises ranging from five to seven days that’d suit you.

Don’t be fooled by the shorter itineraries though – you’ll still be able to explore some great destinations and receive exceptional value for money.

Find out more about Saga cruises.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.