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17th June, 2019

Linger longer with our overnight stays in port

This means that instead of sailing out after a day’s visit, the ship will remain in port for the night – so you can head ashore, enjoy the nightlife and see more of your destination in depth.

The benefits of mooring overnight

  • Staying longer in a destination – absorbing the local sights and culture, without worrying about rushing back to the ship.
  • Using our free shuttle bus service - come and go as you please, returning on board for lunch or dinner before heading back out to explore further.
  • Dining out at night – overnight moorings are also a great opportunity to visit the local eateries and try the region’s cuisine, perhaps sampling national dishes and local delicacies.
  • Experiencing the nightlife - if you’re mooring in a city, you might like to catch a show or visit the local wine bars. Perhaps indulge in some late night shopping, or mooch around the night markets.
  • Joining a Saga evening tour – the excursion team can arrange evening tours some of which are exclusive to Saga guests, for a really special one-off experience.
  • One day becomes two – it’s also likely that you won’t sail away until much later on the second day, giving you two full days to see everything you want to in the destination.

Recommended port stays

We include overnight port stays on many of our cruises highlights include:

St Petersburg

St Issac's Catherdral reflected in the River Moika, St Petersburg

An elegant port city on the Baltic Sea, St Petersburg was the imperial capital of Russia for almost two centuries. Founded in 1703 it is decorated with a dazzling array of ornate palaces and churches, from the famous Winter Palace to the lavish Church of the Saviour, Saint Isaac’s Cathedral and the seafront Peterhof Palace. All our Baltic cruises include an overnight stay in St Petersburg.


Traditional gondolas ply the Venetian canals alongside the Basilica di Santa Maria

Venice is one of the wealthiest cities in Italy and boasts an abundance of fine art galleries, impressive museums and designer boutiques. Stroll the Piazza dei Signori, overlooked by the recently-restored Basilica Palladiana – a masterpiece attributed to the architect Andrea Palladio. Stay overnight in this romantic city on Saga’s An Italian Premiere cruise holiday.

New York

An aerial view of the iconic Central Park in New York City

One of the world's biggest metropolises, New York's skyscrapers, yellow cabs and legendary sights are sure to leave a lasting impression. Whether you plan to take in the city view from the Empire State building, watch a show on Broadway or take a leisurely stroll around Central Park, your visit here will be memorable. Check out the Big Apple on our Festive New York and the Caribbean cruise.

Evening excursions

In addition to our list of day time excursions and city tours, we have a range of evening excursions, perfect for exploring a destination’s nightlife.

St Petersburg

The Winter Palace lit up at night, St Petersburg

Enjoy a truly magical evening with our special private visit to the Hermitage Museum. In the Winter Palace, climb the opulent Jordan staircase and follow in the footsteps of the Imperial family through the elegant state apartments, past an art collection that includes Rembrandt’s ‘Return of the Prodigal Son’ and Canova’s first sculpture of ‘The Three Graces’. Finally sip sparkling wine and hear a performance by the Hermitage Academy Symphony Orchestra in a magnificent room hung with great works of art.


A violinist

If you love opera this is an evening not to be missed. The orchestra and singers of the Venice Opera perform the most beautiful arias of the Baroque era in the exclusive setting of the Scuola Grande di SanTeodoro in Venice. The concert is performed in original 18th-century dress. Listen to famous pieces by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi and Puccini to name a few.

New York

The New York skyline at night with the Empire State and Chrysler buildings in view

During your time in New York we offer you the chance to see the city’s array of outstanding landmarks in one go – by soaring above the skyscrapers on a memorable helicopter flight. See all the iconic sights, from Central Park and Times Square to the Empire State Building and the poignant 9/11 Memorial.

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