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Update: August 4, 2020

Updated cruise schedule

As you know I have been keen to keep all of our guests updated on the changes we have made to our cruising schedule as a result of COVID-19. My team have tried to contact all of those guests booked on a cruise that we have sadly cancelled but please rest assured that if we have not been able to speak with you yet, we will continue to try. All guests booked on a cancelled cruise have been offered the option to amend to a future Saga Cruise with an additional 10% discount or receive a full refund.

I am now also pleased to share with you our updated cruise schedule for the remainder of this year and the beginning of next year. Further details of these itineraries can be found on the Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Adventure cruise calendars.

I look forward to welcoming you onboard in the not to distant future, until that time though, please stay safe.

Update: August 3, 2020

A message for guests booked on Spirit of Adventure cruise Christmas Sights of Amsterdam (SU008)

As you know, we remain in a period of uncertainty as to when we can fully operate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are continuing to look forward in an effort to plan ahead and communicate with you at the earliest opportunity on any decisions that we make.

Following my previous announcement that Spirit of Adventure’s inaugural cruise will now depart on 5th November 2020, I am now in a position to confirm that sadly Christmas Sights of Amsterdam which was due to depart on 16th December has been cancelled.

I appreciate that this will come as a disappointment to you however, should you decide to amend your booking to a future Saga Ocean cruise departing either later this year or during 2021 or 2022, we will transfer the full amount you paid for this cruise, plus an additional 10% onto the alternative booking. We do also still have some availability on Spirit of Adventure’s inaugural cruise which departs on 5th November 2020, which may be another option for you to consider.

For now though, you need do no more as my team will be contacting you over the coming days to discuss your options with you.

We will continue to keep you updated, however, in the meantime, please stay safe and again, I would like to thank you for your continued support and understanding over this period.

Update: July 28, 2020

A message for guests booked on Spirit of Discovery cruises Canary Island Flavours (SD039) and Canary Islands and Casablanca (SD040)

I am now in a position to advise you that following careful consideration, Spirit of Discovery will return to service on 16th December 2020. Therefore both cruises, Canary Island Flavours, which was due to depart 18th November 2020, and Canary Islands and Casablanca, which was due to depart 2nd December, have now been cancelled.

I appreciate that this will come as a disappointment to you however, should you decide to amend your booking to a future Saga Ocean cruise departing either later this year or during 2021 or 2022, we will transfer the full amount you paid for this cruise, plus an additional 10% onto the alternative booking. We do also still have some availability on Spirit of Adventure’s inaugural cruise which departs on 5th November 2020, which may be another option for you to consider.

For now though, you need do no more as my team will be contacting you over the coming days to discuss your options with you.

We will continue to keep you updated, especially as when Spirit of Discovery does return to operation in December, she will do so with a new range of itineraries which I am keen to share with you.

Until then, please stay safe and again, I would like to thank you for your continued support and understanding over this period.

A message for guests booked on Spirit of Adventure cruises Stars of the Canaries (SU006) and Rhythms of the Caribbean (SU007)

Following my previous announcement that Spirit of Adventure’s inaugural cruise will now depart on 5th November 2020, I am now in a position to confirm that sadly both cruises Stars of the Canaries, which was due to depart 1st November, and Rhythms of the Caribbean, which was due to depart on 15th November have now been cancelled.

I appreciate that this will come as a disappointment to you however, should you decide to amend your booking to a future Saga Ocean cruise departing either later this year or during 2021 or 2022, we will transfer the full amount you paid for this cruise, plus an additional 10% onto the alternative booking. We do also still have some availability on Spirit of Adventure’s inaugural cruise which departs on 5th November 2020, which may be another option for you to consider.

For now though, you need do no more as my team will be contacting you over the coming days to discuss your options with you.

We will continue to keep you updated, however, in the meantime, please stay safe and again, I would like to thank you for your continued support and understanding over this period.

Update: July 21, 2020

South America: A Grand Voyage

When COVID-19 hit the travel industry on Friday 13 March, we could never have foreseen what the impact would be for cruising throughout the rest of this year. It has and continues to be a challenge to predict when we will be able to safely operate our ships and as each month has passed, I have endeavoured to keep our guests updated regularly.

With this in mind, we have been looking forward and are starting to revisit our plans for our cruising schedule for 2021 and 2022 whilst closely monitoring the pandemic across the world. As you are more than likely aware, the number of COVID-19 cases in South America continues to be of concern, especially as they are yet to hit their peak. Therefore, following careful consideration and with the safety and wellbeing of both our guests and crew at the forefront of our minds, we are moving the South American Voyage cruise, in January 2021, forward twelve months to be our first cruise of 2022, the year of Saga Cruising’s 25th anniversary. The cruise will depart on 5th January 2022 and will be for the same duration, visiting the same destinations, but instead will be aboard Spirit of Adventure.

Therefore, with your permission I would like to transfer your booking to the new departure date. At this point, you need do no more as my team will be contacting you over the coming weeks to discuss this further and make the necessary arrangements.

As always, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and understanding during this time and I look forward to welcoming you onboard in the future.

Best wishes and stay safe.

Update: July 20, 2020

Spirit of Adventure

As you know, keeping our guests up to date and informed on news relating to our ships is very important to me. Therefore, I am very pleased to report that very soon, Spirit of Adventure will be floated out of the covered dock to the yard where outfitting will continue throughout August. Whilst you may have seen reports that the yard is closed for six weeks, I can confirm that we have agreed with Meyer Werft that the team currently working on Spirit of Adventure will continue to do so during this time, until completion.

I am looking forward to welcoming you onto Spirit of Adventure in the near future, until that time, please stay safe.

Update: July 14, 2020

Guests booked on Spirit of Discovery cruises in September and October 2020

Further to last week’s announcement around Spirit of Adventure I am now in a position to update you on Spirit of Discovery. Over the coming weeks, my team will be contacting all guests due to travel on Spirit of Discovery during September and October and will be able to discuss fully the options available to you.

Following the updated advice from the FCO regarding cruising, it’s clear that the situation regarding worldwide travel will continue to change and as always, I will endeavour to keep you updated. Over the coming months I will also share with you in more detail our plans to safely return to service and the new processes and procedures onboard we will operate for your safety and that of our crew.

Until that time, please stay safe and I look forward to welcoming you aboard our ships later this year.

Update: July 3, 2020

Guests booked on Spirit of Adventure cruises in September and October 2020

Thank you for your continued support during these difficult times, I appreciate your patience whilst we continue to review our future operations. I wanted to let you know that my team are in the process of contacting all guests due to cruise with us on Spirit of Adventure during September and October, so please rest assured that if you have not yet heard from us yet, we will be in touch very soon.

I will continue to keep you updated on our plans to safely return to service over the coming weeks, as always, the safety and wellbeing of both our guests and crew remains at the forefront of my mind. In the meantime, please stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you aboard our ships soon.

Update: June 26, 2020

Guests booked on cruises in September, October and November 2020

Firstly, I would like to thank you for your understanding and patience during these unprecedented times. My team are working extremely hard, and we are currently reviewing plans for our Autumn cruises.

While we continue to plan and work through the detail of our return to service, I am pleased to advise that you will not need to pay your balance payment until we contact you over the coming weeks.

I will of course keep you updated on how we are progressing and would like to assure you that the safety and wellbeing of our guests and crew continue to be of the highest importance to me. In the meantime, please stay safe and I look forward to welcoming you on board soon.

Update: May 27, 2020

Following my update last month, sadly the situation with COVID-19 is not improving, therefore I have made the very difficult decision to suspend Spirit of Discovery cruises further until 1st September 2020.

I appreciate that this will be disappointing news for many of you, however the safety and wellbeing of our guests and crew continue to be of the utmost importance to me.

If you were due to travel with us during this time, there is nothing further you need to do as our dedicated guest services team will be contacting you by phone over the coming days to discuss your options in more detail.

However, I would just like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for your continued understanding during this unprecedented time, and for the kind words many of you have shared with me over the past few weeks. I sincerely thank you for the support you have shown to both myself and my team. I remain convinced that, when we do return, we will be both stronger and better than before.

Please take care and most importantly stay safe!

Nigel Blanks

Managing Director, Saga Cruises



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