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Discover the coastal gems of the Emerald Isle

Visit the charming island of Guernsey en route to the Emerald Isle, where a number of coastal gems await you. Perhaps head to lively Cork from Cobh, and enjoy an overnight stop in Dublin, where you're sure to soak up the friendly atmosphere. Your cruise ends with a visit to a new port of call for Saga cruising, Ilfracombe.

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Dover

Embark Saga Sapphire. Depart 1600.

Known as the gateway of England, Dover welcomes millions of visitors from all over the globe each year in its role as the ferry capital of the world and the second busiest cruise port in the UK. The White Cliffs Country has a rich heritage. Within the walls of the town’s iconic castle, over 2,000 years of history waits to be explored, whilst the town’s museum is home to the Dover Bronze Age Boat, the world’s oldest known seagoing vessel. The town’s cliffs that are a welcome sight for today's cross-channel travellers also served as the control centre for the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.

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Population 40,000
Language English
Currency British Pounds Sterling
Time Difference N/A
Climate Temperate with mild summers and cool winters, with a prevailing south-westerly wind throughout the year.
Ship berths at Dover Cruise Terminal.
Distance from Centre 1 mile
Distance from gangway to coach 400 yards, through the cruise terminal.

Useful Information

Shopping The main shops are found on Cannon Street and Biggin Street.
Shopping Opening Hours 0900 to 1730 Monday to Saturday. A few shops are open on Sundays.
Post Office The main Post Office is located inside the Costcutter store on Pencester Road.
Tourist Office The Tourist Office is located inside the Town Museum on Market Square.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial the full STD code followed by the subscriber's number.
Emergency Services Dial 999.
Banks Banks and ATMs are located on Cannon Street.

St Peter Port

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800. Land by launch or tender.

With its magical mix of French and English culture, Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands. It is renowned for its friendly atmosphere, temperate climate, fascinating history and rich natural heritage. St Peter Port, the island’s bustling capital and the oldest community in the Channel Islands, lies on the East side, hugging the slopes that rise back from the sea so that the houses appear to be piled on top of one another. During your visit you will be able to discover some of the port’s fascinating museums, sample the island’s delicious cuisine or, time permitting, visit neighbouring Sark. Visitors should be aware that during 2017 one of Guernsey's most famous attractions, the Little Chapel, is undergoing restoration work: it will remain open, but the exterior may be partially obscured by scaffolding.

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Population 17,000 (approximate)
Language English
Currency British Pounds Sterling
Time Difference N/A
Climate Guernsey enjoys mild summers with temperatures averaging from 20-21°C. There is a risk of rain at any time.
Ship berths at At anchor. Tenders bring passengers ashore to Albert Pier.
Distance from Centre Approximately 250 yards
Distance from gangway to coach Approximately 250 yards

Useful Information

Shopping The main shopping area is located in the High Street, North Esplanade and in the Commercial Arcade.
Shopping Opening Hours Open from Monday to Saturday between 0900-1730. More and more shops are now also open on Sundays.
Post Office The Post Office is located in Smith Street. Open from Monday to Friday betwen 0830-1700 and on Saturday between 0830-1200. The island issues its own postage stamps and standard British stamps cannot be used to post items from Guernsey.
Tourist Office The Tourist Office is located on North Esplanade, open from Monday to Friday between 0900-1700, and Saturday and Sunday between 0900-1300.
How to Phone Home Dial the full STD code followed by the subscriber's number.
Emergency Services Dial 999.
Banks All major UK banks have local branches. Most are located on the High Street and have 24-hour ATMs. Hours of opening vary but are generally 0930-1630. Guernsey notes and coins are not accepted elsewhere in the UK.

Excursions

At sea.

Cobh

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

The port of Cobh, pronounced ‘cove’, is the gateway to the south-west of Ireland, and makes the perfect base from which to discover traditional towns and picture-perfect scenery. Rich in history, the port is where thousands embarked on voyages across the Atlantic to escape the famine during the turbulent years of the mid-19th century. In 1912 Cobh, then known as 'Queenstown', was the final port of call for the ill-fated liner RMS Titanic, and the original White Star Line ticket office can still be seen. There is also an interesting exhibition in the spacious former waiting room at the railway station. The waterfront is lined with brightly-painted houses that cling to the hillside below the impressive cathedral. During your visit, perhaps journey into the city of Cork, considered by residents to be the true capital of Ireland, or maybe explore historic buildings such as nearby Blarney Castle.

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Population 10,501
Language English
Currency Euro
Time Difference Same as UK
Climate Mild southwesterly winds and the Gulf Stream influence the climate. Summers are warm, while spring and autumn are mild. There is a risk of rain at any time
Ship berths at Heritage pier
Distance from Centre 250 yards
Distance from gangway to coach Less than 100 yards

Useful Information

Shopping The majority of shops are located on the waterfront, along Westbourne Place and West Beach
Shopping Opening Hours Most shops are open from Monday to Saturday between 0930-1730, and closed on Sundays
Post Office The Post Office is located on Westbourne Place near the Pier Head. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 0900-1730. Closed on Sundays
Tourist Office The Tourist Office is located in the Old Yacht Club building, close to the Cobh Heritage Centre and the Cruise Terminal. It is open between 0930-1730 on weekdays and between 1130-1730 at weekends
How to Phone Home To call the UK dial 00 44 followed by the STD number, but omitting the first zero
Emergency Services Dial 999
Banks There is a branch of the Bank of Ireland on Westbourne Place. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 1000-1600. ATMs are available

Excursions

Glengarriff

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800. Land by launch or tender.

Meaning ‘Rough Glen’ in Irish, Glengarriff is a small seaside village in the south-west of Cork, which sits at the northern head of Glengarriff Bay near Bantry Bay. The village itself is surrounded by high mountains and has magnificent views of the Caha and Sugarloaf Mountains. The village exudes old-world charm and is ideally situated for exploring the spectacular Beara Peninsula and Bougane Barra. Botanists have shown a special interest in this part of Cork because it is one of the few places in Ireland where the original oak forests, which once covered the whole country, still remain.

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Population 800 (approximately)
Language English
Currency Euro
Time Difference Same as UK
Climate The temperate climate here is due to mild south-westerly winds and the Gulf Stream. Summers tend to be warm, with much cooler winters. Spring and autumn are very mild and rain typically falls throughout the year.
Ship berths at At anchor. Tenders bring passengers ashore to Glengarriff pier
Distance from Centre 500 yards to Glengariff Village
Distance from gangway to coach Less than 100 yards

Useful Information

Shopping Glengarriff has two small supermarkets, O'Sheas Spar and O'Sullivan's, plus three clothing stores, The Spinning Wheel, Irish Craft Centre and Quill's Woollen Market
Shopping Opening Hours Generally shops in Ireland are open from Monday to Saturday between 0900-1800
Post Office The Post Office is located in O'Shea's Spar
Tourist Office There is no Tourist Office in Glengariff
How to Phone Home To call the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, omitting the first zero
Emergency Services Dial 999 for all emergencies
Banks There are no banks in Glengarriff - the nearest is located in Bantry town

Excursions

At sea.

Killybegs

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

On the north-west coast of Ireland, the fishing port of Killybegs offers visitors a wealth of natural beauty to discover, from rolling green landscapes to rugged coastal delights. This quiet County Donegal town was once known for the manufacture of carpets, and is popular in summer with swimmers and watersports enthusiasts - nearby Fintra Beach is one of the finest in Ireland. Experience traditional Irish cultures, historic castles of 18th-century splendour, and even trace the footsteps of one of the world’s greatest poets, W B Yeats.

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Population 1,300 (approximate)
Language English
Currency Euro
Time Difference N/A
Climate The temperate climate is due to mild southwesterly winds and the Gulf stream. Summers are warm, while temperatures during winter are much cooler. Spring and Autumn are very mild. Rain falls all year.
Ship berths at New South Quay
Distance from Centre Half a mile
Distance from gangway to coach Less than 100 yards

Useful Information

Shopping Most of the town's shops are located on Main Street, Killybegs
Shopping Opening Hours Opening hours generally are from Monday to Saturday between 1000-1700. On Sundays most shops are closed
Post Office The Post Office is located on Main Street. Opening hours are from Monday to Friday between 0900-1800 and on Saturday between 0900-1300. Closed on Sunday
Tourist Office Killeybegs Information Centre is located on Shore Road. Opening hours are from Monday to Friday between 0930-1730, and at weekends between 1200-1600. When cruise ships are in port the office is open all day
How to Phone Home To call the UK dial 00 44 followed by the STD number, omitting the first zero
Emergency Services Dial 999 for all emergencies
Banks There are banks on Main Street including a branch of the Bank of Ireland, which has an ATM. Opening hours are from Monday to Friday only between 1000-1600

Excursions

Belfast

Arrive 0900. Depart 1900.

Capital of Northern Ireland and second largest city in Ireland, Belfast is the birthplace of the Titanic and has a very proud seafaring history. In recent years the city has undergone a remarkable rejuvenation and today it offers a superb selection of shops, restaurants and bars, as well as outstanding landmarks such as the grand City Hall in the centre of Donegall Square, the 19th-century Opera House and Queen’s University. The city is also an ideal base for exploring the surrounding coastal scenery and the impressive Giant’s Causeway National Nature Reserve on the north-east coast of County Antrim.

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Population 267,500 (approximate)
Language English
Currency British Pounds Sterling
Climate Temperate maritime climate
Ship berths at Stormont Wharf (subject to confirmation)
Distance from Centre 1½ miles
Distance from gangway to coach Less than 100 yards

Useful Information

Shopping The main shopping centre lies to the north of Donegall Square.
Shopping Opening Hours Most stores are open on Monday and Tuesday between 0900-1900, from Wednesday to Friday between 0900-2100, on Saturday between 0900-1800 and on Sunday between 1300-1800.
Post Office The General Post Office in located in Castle Place, open from Monday to Saturday between 0900-1730. Closed on Sundays.
Tourist Office The Belfast Welcome Centre is located at 47 Donegall Place. Opening hours are from Monday to Saturday between 0900-1900, and on Sunday between 1100-1600.
How to Phone Home Dial the full STD code followed by the subscriber's number.
Emergency Services Dial 999 for all emergencies.
Banks There are several banks in Donegall Square. All offer a 24-hour ATM service. Banking hours are generally from Monday to Friday between 0900-1700.

Excursions

Dublin

Arrive 0700 on June 14. Depart 1800 on June 15.

Situated on Ireland’s east coast, straddling the river Liffey, Dublin is the capital of the Irish Republic and the country’s principal port, but remains a delightfully compact city that has maintained its elegant Georgian and Victorian architecture with little of the large-scale modern redevelopment seen in most European capitals. It remains largely a town of terraced houses, lively streets and beautiful squares, where the spires of the two cathedrals and domes of the Four Courts and Customs House still dominate the skyline. In addition to its splendid public buildings, Dublin is particularly rich in domestic architecture of the 18th century: the fine Georgian mansions give the city much of its character. You may like to window-shop in Grafton Street, stroll through St Stephen’s Green or visit Temple Bar - the arts and entertainment district - where you could enjoy a traditional pint of Guinness!

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Population 506,211 (city)
Language English
Currency Euro
Time Difference Same as UK
Climate Dublin experiences a temperate climate without extremes of temperature. Summers are mild with a daytime average of 19.6°C. There is a risk of rain at any time.
Ship berths at Ocean Pier
Distance from Centre 3¼ miles
Distance from gangway to coach Less than 100 yards

Useful Information

Shopping The main area for shopping is located in Grafton Street and Nassau Street.
Shopping Opening Hours The majority of shops are open from Monday to Saturday between 0900-1730. There is limited Sunday opening.
Post Office The main Post Office is located on O'Connell Street, open from Monday to Saturday between 0800-1800. Closed on Sundays.
Tourist Office Dublin Tourism is located in Suffolk Street. Opening hours are from Monday to Saturday between 0900-1730. 1030-1500 on Sundays.
How to Phone Home To call the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number but omitting the first zero
Emergency Services Dial 112 or 999 for all emergencies.
Banks Banks are located in Grafton Street and College Green and are generally open from Monday to Friday between 1000-1600. ATMs are available.

Excursions

Ilfracombe

Arrive 0900. Depart 1800. Land by launch or tender.

The seaside resort of Ilfracombe on the North Devon coast is a new port of call for Saga cruising. You could be among Saga Sapphire's first passengers to step ashore and stroll along the promenade with its shops, cafes and tea rooms. Discover a charming harbour overlooked by the 14th-century St Nicholas Chapel, and perhaps explore the unique Tunnels Beach where passages carved by Welsh miners in the early 19th century lead to Victorian bathing pools.

Ilfracombe is a pleasant resort on the scenic North Devon coast. During the Middle Ages, it was the departure point for numerous ships bound for Wales and Ireland. One of its most famous sights is a clifftop chapel dedicated to Saint Nicholas; a light has burned here for over 500 years as a guide to mariners, making the chapel the UK's oldest working lighthouse. Another historic religious building is the Church of the Holy Trinity, dating partly from the 12th century. More modern places of interest in the town include the award-winning Landmark Theatre and the controversial sculpture 'Verity' by Damian Hirst, which has attracted admiration and contempt in almost equal proportions: look at it yourself and make up your own mind! A long-distance footpath, the Tarka Trail, links Ilfracombe to other towns and villages in North Devon: it takes its name from the novel 'Tarka the Otter' by Henry Williamson, a local resident. Made into a film in 1977, this book about a Devon otter's life was published in 1927 and has never been out of print.

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Population 11,184 (2011 census)
Language English
Currency British pounds sterling
Time Difference N/A
Climate Devon enjoys some of the UK's warmest weather. Summer daytime temperatures of 25°C - 30°C are not unknown, although 19°C is more typical. There is always a risk of rain.
Ship berths at At anchor
Distance from Centre The tender pier is about 150 yards from the town centre.
Distance from gangway to coach Motor vehicles can drive up to the pier.

Useful Information

Shopping Most shops can be found around the harbour and along the seafront.
Shopping Opening Hours Typically Monday to Saturday 1000-1700, with limited opening on Sundays.
Post Office The Post Office is at 26, High Street and is open 0900-1730 on weekdays and 0900-1230 on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays.
Tourist Office The Tourist Information Centre is on the seafront and is open daily from 1030-1630. Telephone: 01271 863001.
How to Phone Home Dial the full STD code followed by the subscriber's number.
Emergency Services Dial 999.
Banks There are branches of NatWest, Barclays and Lloyds in the High Street, open 0930-1530 Monday to Friday. 24-hour ATMs are available.

Excursions

At sea.

Dover

Arrive 0800. Disembark Saga Sapphire after breakfast.

Known as the gateway of England, Dover welcomes millions of visitors from all over the globe each year in its role as the ferry capital of the world and the second busiest cruise port in the UK. The White Cliffs Country has a rich heritage. Within the walls of the town’s iconic castle, over 2,000 years of history waits to be explored, whilst the town’s museum is home to the Dover Bronze Age Boat, the world’s oldest known seagoing vessel. The town’s cliffs that are a welcome sight for today's cross-channel travellers also served as the control centre for the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.

FactFile

Population 40,000
Language English
Currency British Pounds Sterling
Time Difference N/A
Climate Temperate with mild summers and cool winters, with a prevailing south-westerly wind throughout the year.
Ship berths at Dover Cruise Terminal.
Distance from Centre 1 mile
Distance from gangway to coach 400 yards, through the cruise terminal.

Useful Information

Shopping The main shops are found on Cannon Street and Biggin Street.
Shopping Opening Hours 0900 to 1730 Monday to Saturday. A few shops are open on Sundays.
Post Office The main Post Office is located inside the Costcutter store on Pencester Road.
Tourist Office The Tourist Office is located inside the Town Museum on Market Square.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial the full STD code followed by the subscriber's number.
Emergency Services Dial 999.
Banks Banks and ATMs are located on Cannon Street.

Please note

All excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring indpendently.


Celtic Charms

Saga Sapphire departing Dover

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