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Saga Pearl II departing Southampton

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Experience the traditional spirit of some of the Baltic’s most atmospheric Christmas markets with visits to Gothenburg, ‘Scandinavia's Christmas City’, and Copenhagen where you can explore enchanting Tivoli Gardens. Discover charming chocolate-box old quarters transformed into festive wonderlands and browse stalls laden with authentic handmade gifts and regional specialities, such as roasted almonds, sugar-dusted gingerbread and hot mulled wine.

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Southampton

Embark Saga PearI II. Depart 1600.

Lying near the head of Southampton Water, a peninsula between the estuaries of the Rivers Test and Itchen, Southampton is Britain’s largest cruise port. It has been one of England’s major ports since the Middle Ages, when it exported wool and hides from the hinterland and imported wine from Bordeaux. The city suffered heavy damage during World War Two and as a result the centre has been extensively rebuilt, but there are still some interesting medieval buildings including the Bargate, one of the finest city gatehouses in England.

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Population 253,651 (estimate)
Language English
Currency British Pounds Sterling
Time Difference N/A
Climate Southampton experiences an oceanic climate, with cool winters and mild to warm summers. Its sheltered location makes it one of the UK's sunniest cities.
Ship berths at Southampton Cruise Terminal
Distance from Centre 300 yards
Distance from gangway to coach Motor vehicles can pick up and drop off passengers immediately outside the Terminal Building.

Useful Information

Shopping The city's main shopping mall is the West Quay Shopping Centre, but there are many other shopping streets in the town centre.
Shopping Opening Hours The West Quay Shopping Centre is open Monday to Friday 0900-2000, Saturday 0900-1900 and Sunday 1100-1700.
Post Office The main Post Office is at 32-34 Above Bar Street.
Tourist Office There are Tourist Information Points at the Novotel Hotel on 1 West Quay Road, and also at the SeaCity Museum.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial the full STD code followed by the subscriber's number.
Emergency Services Dial 999.
Banks All main UK banks have branches in the city centre, with 24-hour ATMs.

Zeebrugge

Arrive 1200. Depart 2200.

In 1895 work began to construct a new seaport and harbour next to the tiny village of Zeebrugge, situated on the North Sea coast. Today the fast-expanding port of Zeebrugge is one of the busiest in Europe and its marina is Belgium’s most important fishing port. Many attempts were made to destroy this important port during both World Wars. Zeebrugge is ideally located for discovering the historic city of Bruges, and delightful seaside resorts with long sandy beaches can be visited by using the trams that run the whole length of the Belgian coast. Please note that no food may be taken ashore in Belgium. We shall not be offering shuttle buses to Bruges, but you may visit the city on an optional excursion: those visiting Bruges should note that there may be quite a long walk from the coach to the town centre.

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Population 3,900 (approximate)
Language Flemish
Currency Euro
Time Difference UK+1
Climate Temperate
Ship berths at Leopold II Dam
Distance from Centre 3 miles (approximately)
Distance from gangway to coach Less than 100 yards

Useful Information

Shopping There are shops available in Blankenberge: Kerkstraat. However, the main shopping area is located in Bruges: Steenstraat and Noordzandstraat.
Shopping Opening Hours Generally open Monday to Saturday from 1000 - 1800. Some souvenir shops open on Sundays.
Post Office The Post Office is located at Smet de Naeyerlaan 147, Blankenberge. Open Monday to Friday 0900 - 1730; Saturday 0930 - 1200. Closed on Sunday.
Tourist Office The Tourist Office is located at Koning Leopold III Square, Blankenberge. Open daily April - September 0900 - 1145 and 1330 - 1700.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, omitting the first zero.
Emergency Services For all emergencies dial 112.
Banks KBC/P, Devauxstraat 10, Blankenberge. Open Monday - Friday 0930 - 1230 and 1400 - 1630; Saturday 0900 - 1200. Closed Sundays. ATMs are available.

Excursions

Day at sea.

Day at sea.

Gothenburg

Arrive 0800. Depart 2000.

Gothenburg was founded in 1621 after King Gustav II, tired of Danish raids, ordered a strong fortress built to secure Sweden's only western port. It grew rapidly into the trading and maritime city envisioned by the King, and the East India Company became Sweden's first international trading company during the 18th century. Silk, tea, spices and porcelain, the luxury items of the era, were imported to Sweden from countries such as China, despite journeys often lasting more than a year. Now a busy modern city, Gothenburg is noted for its canals and numerous open green spaces: the cobbled streets of historical Haga contrast with skyscrapers such as the Skanskaskrapan or 'Lipstick Building'. Immerse yourself in the local lifestyle, soaking up the buzzing café culture with ‘fika’ (a drink, usually coffee, and a bite) or visit one of the city's food markets or fine restaurants - five of which have Michelin stars.

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Population approximately 550.000
Language Swedish
Currency Swedish Krona
Time Difference UK+1
Climate Cool and temperate with frequent rain.
Ship berths at Arendal 751
Distance from Centre Approximately 8 miles
Distance from gangway to coach Less than 100 yards

Useful Information

Shopping Nordstan shopping centre located on Hamngatan Street. Nordstan is Scandinavias largest shopping centre.
Shopping Opening Hours Generally open from 1000 to 1800.
Post Office Located at Nordstan Shopping Centre on Norra Hamngatan 26
Tourist Office Tourist info is available at the pier as well as in the city centre in Nordstan Shopping Centre.
How to Phone Home To dial the UK dial 00 44 followed by the STD number, omitting the first zero
Emergency Services Dial 112
Banks Banks are located in Nordstan Shopping Centre. Generally open 1000 to 1700.

Excursions

Copenhagen

Arrive 0800. Depart 2200.

By the 11th century, Copenhagen was already an important trading and fishing centre and today you will find an attractive city which, although the largest in Scandinavia, has managed to retain its low-level skyline. Discover some of the famous attractions including Gefion Fountain and Amalienborg Palace, perhaps cruise the city’s waterways, visit Rosenborg Castle or explore the medieval fishing village of Dragoer. Once the home of Hans Christian Andersen, Copenhagen features many reminders of its fairytale heritage and lives up to the reputation immortalised in the famous song ‘Wonderful Copenhagen’. Please bear in mind that December 26 is a public holiday in Denmark and therefore shops, banks and some other venues will be closed.

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Population 600,000 (approximate)
Language Danish
Currency Danish Kroner (DKr)
Time Difference UK+1
Climate Temperate coastal climate and cool summers averaging 20°C
Ship berths at Langelinie Pier
Distance from Centre 2 miles (approximate)
Distance from gangway to coach 50 yards (approximate)

Useful Information

Shopping Langelinie Pier
Shopping Opening Hours Shops are open from Monday to Friday between 1000-1800. On Saturday and Sunday, shops are open between 1000-1600.
Post Office There are Post Offices in the centre of Copenhagen open Monday to Friday between 0830 to 1900 and Saturday between 0830 to 1400 but stamps can be bought at all large supermarkets.
Tourist Office N/A
How to Phone Home To call the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, but omitting the first zero
Emergency Services 112
Banks A 24-hour ATM is at Osterport Station

Excursions

Day cruising the Kiel Canal

Bremerhaven

Arrive 1100. Depart 2200.

Bremerhaven was founded in 1139. In 1827 the decision was taken to make this small fishing town a huge deep-sea port, and today Bremerhaven, along with Bremen, forms the smallest of Germany’s federal states. This busy port is still part of the municipality of Bremen, and half of Germany’s fishing fleet deposit their catch here. Bremerhaven’s lighthouse, a famous landmark, dates back to 1853 and is the oldest working lighthouse on Germany's mainland North Sea coast. Bremerhaven is home to the German Shipping Museum, founded in 1971, which houses many interesting exhibits including a well-preserved 14th-century Hanseatic trading vessel, found at the bottom of the River Weser during dredging operations. Another attraction is the German Migration Museum, which tells the stories of Germans who migrated to the New World and of foreigners who have made their homes in Germany.

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Population 115,000
Language German
Currency Euro
Time Difference UK +1
Climate Warm summers and cold winters
Ship berths at Columbus Cruise Terminal
Distance from Centre Approximately 2½ miles
Distance from gangway to coach Approximately 300 yards

Useful Information

Shopping The main shopping street is the Bürgermeister Schmidt Strasse. The Fischereihafen is recommended for souvenir shopping.
Shopping Opening Hours Monday to Friday 1000 to 1800. Closed Saturday afternoons and Sundays.
Post Office The main Post Office is on Schifferstrasse, and is open on weekdays from 0900 to 1300 and 1430 to 1730. Postcards may also be sent from the Cruise Terminal.
Tourist Office There is an information point at the cruise terminal, and a Tourist Office on Meier Strasse, open seven days a week from 0930 to 1800.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, omitting the first zero.
Emergency Services Police: 110. Fire and ambulance: 112.
Banks There is an ATM in the Cruise Terminal, and many banks on Bürgermeister Schmidt Strasse. They are typically open on weekdays from 0900 to 1600.

Excursions

Day at sea.

Southampton

Arrive 0800. Disembark Saga Pearl II after breakfast.

Lying near the head of Southampton Water, a peninsula between the estuaries of the Rivers Test and Itchen, Southampton is Britain’s largest cruise port. It has been one of England’s major ports since the Middle Ages, when it exported wool and hides from the hinterland and imported wine from Bordeaux. The city suffered heavy damage during World War Two and as a result the centre has been extensively rebuilt, but there are still some interesting medieval buildings including the Bargate, one of the finest city gatehouses in England.

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Population 253,651 (estimate)
Language English
Currency British Pounds Sterling
Time Difference N/A
Climate Southampton experiences an oceanic climate, with cool winters and mild to warm summers. Its sheltered location makes it one of the UK's sunniest cities.
Ship berths at Southampton Cruise Terminal
Distance from Centre 300 yards
Distance from gangway to coach Motor vehicles can pick up and drop off passengers immediately outside the Terminal Building.

Useful Information

Shopping The city's main shopping mall is the West Quay Shopping Centre, but there are many other shopping streets in the town centre.
Shopping Opening Hours The West Quay Shopping Centre is open Monday to Friday 0900-2000, Saturday 0900-1900 and Sunday 1100-1700.
Post Office The main Post Office is at 32-34 Above Bar Street.
Tourist Office There are Tourist Information Points at the Novotel Hotel on 1 West Quay Road, and also at the SeaCity Museum.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial the full STD code followed by the subscriber's number.
Emergency Services Dial 999.
Banks All main UK banks have branches in the city centre, with 24-hour ATMs.

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 independently.


Scandinavian Festive Markets

Saga Pearl II departing Southampton

from £1,291 9 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £72 if not required
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