Meet our Captains
At the helm of every Saga small-ship cruise
Captain Darin Bowland
A Canadian by birth, but also proudly of "English, Scottish and Irish" descent, Captain Darin Bowland is an experienced Master, having previously held positions with Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Carnival, and starting his career as a cadet with the Royal Canadian Navy in 1985.
Captain Bowland is just as busy when he’s not at the helm of a cruise ship. “I split my time between our properties, including one in Finland, where my wife Minna is from. We have three children, and I spend my free time doing DIY and cheering on my kids at their various endeavours” he says. “During lockdown, I also found time to return to my hobby of restoring classic British cars, and worked on my 1929 Daimler 25/85 and a 1975 Triumph TR6 this past year.”
Finally, what is Captain Bowland looking forward to when he sails away with Saga? “When I first joined the cruise industry the business was all about the guests. After many years driving larger ships with 3000+ passengers, I am really looking forward to the smaller compliment, and really getting to know our guests and crew. Also, I love exploring, and I can’t wait to show our guests the many fantastic destinations that Saga offers.”.
Captain Jason Ikiadis
“Call me CJ” says our new Master, who comes from a long line of seafarers, including his own father who was a ship captain, and his paternal grandfather who was in the Royal Navy. “Following in their footsteps was inevitable” he says.
Captain Ikiadis first went to sea in 1986, and has held many positions since, working up the ranks to captain for cruise lines such as Azamara and TUI.
He is very excited to be joining Saga this season, “Saga is a well-established and well-known brand, with a loyal base of guests who enjoy that personal experience. Right now, having two brand-new ships is such an exciting time. I know the new sisters have a nod to the favourite parts of your previous ships. But this time with outside balcony cabins, which can sail our guests in comfort and style to many exciting ports”.
So what does Captain Ikiadis get up to when he’s not at sea? “Definitely not sailing or spending time on the water!” he laughs. “My time off is mainly relaxing, reconnecting, and being the best Dad I can be.”
As for his new role at Saga, what is he looking forward to most? “I love what I do, and I can’t wait to get back to cruising, to meet all the guests, and to help make their cruise a memorable experience.”
Captain Kim Tanner
Working his way up from Staff Captain to fully-fledged Master, Captain Tanner has been at the helm of Saga ships since 2017.
Hailing from Jersey, Captain Tanner now calls the Spanish island of Majorca his home. Despite being our youngest Master he has been "messing around in boats since he could crawl", and has worked at sea professionally for almost 15 years, including service as a Chief Officer for P&O and Cunard ships such as QM2.
When he’s not on board, Captain Tanner still loves to travel along with many outdoor pursuits such as skiing, water sports and – in something of a busman’s holiday – spending time on his own sailing boat!