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Tales of the Caribbean

Saga Sapphire departing Southampton

from £5,537 per person 33 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £409 if not required
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Learn about the Caribbean’s storied past

For a bird’s-eye view of the British Virgin Islands, enjoy a short flight in a light aircraft – your pilot will point out Saga Sapphire far below as well as Richard Branson’s island escape!

Imagine treading on powder-soft sandy beaches all shaded by palm fronds, watching colourful marine life darting amid coral reefs while snorkelling in warm shallows, and exploring tropical rainforests where exotic birds call out from the dense canopy. Experience all this and more on Saga Sapphire’s epic month-long voyage to the Caribbean. After a classic transatlantic crossing, you can enjoy long days in a collection of idyllic ports all steeped in colonial history. We have a host of exciting pursuits for you to try too, from a zip-line over St Maarten’s rainforest and a scenic rail tour in St Kitts, to kayaking in St Lucia’s Marigot Bay or sailing around north Martinique by catamaran. 

The Caribbean lifestyle continues on board with the sound of steel drums to tempt you out onto the dance floor and cookery classes where you can try your hand at local dishes. Like famous writers Ian Fleming and Ernest Hemingway, the relaxed pace of island life may even inspire you to write a short story to share with your fellow passengers, or you can get ideas for more holiday reading material at an informal book club.

Spin a yarn and more onboard…

  • Talk by a famous author, Kathy Reichs
  • Book club
  • Short story competition
  • Jazz session
  • Lively music by a Caribbean band
  • Caribbean cookery classes
  • Marine biologist
  • Talks about forensics from Dr Peter Dean

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Looking out for whales with ORCA
You'll be joined by wildlife experts from ORCA, the foremost European whale and dolphin conservation charity, who are devoted to studying marine wildlife and protecting it for future generations. Look forward to the chance to spot whales, dolphins and seabirds and an array of other wildlife out on deck throughout your voyage, the perfect vantage point to view and learn more about wildlife in their natural habitat.


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Southampton, England

Southampton, England

Embark Saga Sapphire. Depart 1600.

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Funchal, Madeira

Funchal, Madeira

Arrive 0800. Depart 1300.

The approach to Funchal, the capital of Madeira, is said to be one of the best in the world. This outpost of Portugal, in the middle of the Atlantic, is a veritable botanical garden with a capital city that would not be out of place as a bairro of Lisbon. Famous for its fortified wines and fine foods you can get a true flavour of the island on a Madeiran cooking experience or explore the gardens and fine buildings of the capital and surrounding countryside on an e-bike.  

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St Johns, Antigua

St Johns, Antigua

Arrive 0900. Depart 1700.

Make landfall in the Caribbean, on the island of Antigua. It is here that Nelson established a base for the Royal Navy and the harbour that bears his name, which has been in operation since 1745, is a must-visit. Entrance to the harbour also allows you to visit Shirley Heights; a lookout and gun emplacement on the hills overlooking English Harbour. 

Philipsburg, St Maarten

Philipsburg, St Maarten

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700. 

Arrive in Philipsburg, where the forts of Amsterdam and Willem attest to the strategic importance of this international trading post. Experience the thrill of sailing on the Dutch square-rigged tall-ship Mercedes on an exclusive excursion. If you’ve a head for heights get an overview from the Soualiga Sky Explorer chairlift, which rises to the top of the island’s highest mountain. And, if you feel brave, head back down on the world’s steepest zip wire, at speeds of up to 56 miles per hours! 

Road Town, Tortola

Road Harbour, Tortola

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

There is plenty to keep you busy on Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. For a stunning overview of the islands embark on a sightseeing flight, or if you prefer to climb under your own steam, hike to the peak of Sage Mountain National Park, at 1,716 feet. Alternatively, you could visit the underwater world surrounding Salt island on a dive to the wreck of RMS Rhone.   

Basseterre, St Kitts

Basseterre, St Kitts

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Although small, you will find plenty to do in Basseterre and the island of St Kitts. Perhaps the best way to take in the island is the Sugar Train, which, built in 1912 to ferry sugarcane, now trundles lazily around the island carrying tourists and sightseers. The island also has some fantastic rainforests with marked trails and many interesting buildings from its British colonial past, including the Old Treasury Building that houses the National Museum and the imposing hulk of Brimstone Hill Fortress.  

Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Explore the French colonial history of Pointe-á-Pitre through its colonial buildings, including St. Peter and Paul cathedral, Le Marché aux Epicés and the Musée St-John-Perse. Alternatively, explore the Carbet Falls, the island’s most popular natural attraction, found in dense rainforest on the lower slopes of Volcano la Soufriere.  

Castries, St Lucia

Castries, St Lucia

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Visit the tiny independent island of Saint Lucia, measuring a mere 27 miles in length and 14 miles wide. This jewel of the Caribbean boasts palm-lined white sand beaches and an interior cloaked in emerald rainforests. Natural wonders that deserve particular mention include the Piton mountains, which jut like sharks teeth from the forests and Marigot bay, which was described by American novelist James A. Michener as “the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean”. Protected on three sides by verdant slopes it provides perfect conditions for snorkeling and kayaking. 

St George's, Grenada

St Georges, Grenada

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Known as the spice island, Granada is truly a tasty stop on your Caribbean cruise. Tour the many forts that attest to Granada’s turbulent past, then stroll through lush undulating cocoa plantations, sampling delicious local chocolate and Creole foods, washed down with rum. 

Port Elizabeth, Bequia

Port Elizabeth, Bequia ⚓ 

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Moor in Port Elizabeth, the village capital of Bequia. Described by the Telegraph as the perfect Caribbean Island, it boasts pristine rainforests and beaches and a cluster of cultural sights, including Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary and a whaling museum. You can also join a catamaran excursion to the isolated island of Mustique, where dense rainforests conceal many grand mansions – the holiday homes of celebrities seeking a little privacy.


Fort de France, Martinique

Fort de France, Martinique

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700. 

Martinique is an overseas department of France and the Gallic influence permeates every aspect of life, from the architecture to the patisseries and boutiques of Fort de France. Paul Gauguin lived on the island for five months and some of his work can be found at the Paul Gauguin Museum. You can also join a catamaran tour of the island, taking in the old capital of St. Pierre, deserted beaches and hopefully spot dolphins.

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Arrive 0800. Depart 1900. 

Arrive in Port of Spain, where colourful Caribbean neighbourhoods jostle for space with the modern high-rise business district. Embark on a tour of the Caroni Bird Sanctuary in the company of an experienced guide or explore the sanctuary by kayak. The unique fauna of the mangrove includes shockingly vibrant flocks of scarlet ibis and pink flamingos.

At sea

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Santa Cruz, Tenerife

Santa Cruz, Tenerife

Arrive 1200. Depart 1700. 

Make landfall in Santa Cruz, Tenerife. The islands long maritime history is represented by the sail design of the modern Auditorio de Tenerife, while you can discover the island’s ancient history on a visit to the Museum of Nature and Man, whose collection includes mummies of the Guanche people, who settled here 2000 years ago. You can also treat yourself to a pampering session at the Oriental Spa Garden, considered one of the best spas in Europe because of its innovative wellbeing and beauty therapies.

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Spend the day at sea.

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Spend the day at sea.

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Spend the day at sea.

Southampton, England

Southampton, England

Embark Saga Sapphire. Depart 1600.

Joining you on board...

Kathy Reichs will keep you captivated
Kathy, famous author and forensic anthropologist, will give talks on board.

A little bit about Kathy

Kathy is an American crime writer, forensic anthropologist, and academic. She was a producer for the television series Bones, which is based on her Temperance Brennan novels. Kathy is one of very few anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology.

Kathy Reichs

Learn about forensics with Dr Peter Dean
Dr Peter Dean divides his time between practicing Clinical Forensic Medicine and working as a coroner.

A little bit about Dr Peter Dean

Dr Peter Dean qualified first in dentistry and then in medicine.  After a brief return to dental surgery, he trained as a General Practitioner and, while working in an East London practice, started working part time as a Police Surgeon or Forensic Medical Examiner with the Metropolitan Police.  As his interest in this area grew, he became a coroner after further legal studies, and then divided his time between practicing Clinical Forensic Medicine, and working as a Coroner. He has written various articles on the subject, and also advised on the forensic aspects of many television drama series including Silent Witness, Waking the Dead, Ripper Street, Midsomer Murders, Killing Eve, and Whitechapel. He has a particular interest in the historical development of forensic medicine, and will touch on various aspects of this during his talks.

Dr Peter Dean

Explore Ashore

Plan your excursions and time ashore with our expert concierge team on board. Here's some inspiration for this cruise...

Bird’s-eye-view

If you thought you were in paradise before, take a 30-minute flight over the British Virgin Islands to see how lovely they are from above. Fly in a five or seven-seat fixed wing aircraft and enjoy a running commentary from the pilot, who’ll also fly over Saga Sapphire in the harbour.

Life’s a beach

Looking for your own slice of paradise far from the madding crowd? Just ask our Explore Ashore team for suggestions. In Bequia they can arrange a water taxi to whisk you to Princess Margaret Beach. The unfinished boardwalk leading from Port Elizabeth makes it hard to get to otherwise and there’s just one beach bar which, if your luck is in, you’ll have all to yourself! 

Tall ships sailing experience

You’ll be transported to yesteryear on a memorable day sailing off the coast of St Maarten aboard majestic Mercedes, a 164-foot Dutch square-rigged tall ship. Listen to the masts fluttering in the breeze as you skim over crystal-clear waters and be sure to have a crack behind the helm if you’re offered the chance. You’ll be singing sea shanties before you know it.

Please note

Land by launch or tender.

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 independently.

Tales of the Caribbean

Saga Sapphire departing Southampton

from £5,537 per person 33 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £409 if not required
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