Saga has launched UK cruises for this summer and revealed the inaugural itinerary for its new ship, Spirit of Adventure.
Departing Tilbury on 26 July, the sister vessel to Spirit of Discovery will sail a 15-night voyage from Tilbury – taking in Newcastle, Newhaven, Dundee, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Ullapool, St Kilda, Greenock, Belfast, Douglas, Holyhead, Bristol and Falmouth before disembarking in Dover.
Sightseeing tours of Newcastle, Edinburgh, Belfast and Bristol included, with prices from £3,458pp.
Saga has also unveiled three itineraries – Scottish Highlands and Islands, Great British Isles Adventure and Northern Isles to the Fjords – for Spirit of Discovery, all round-trips from Tilbury.
As a gesture of thanks for their loyalty, Saga guests whose cruises had been cancelled due to Covid were proactively offered the option to rebook on to this summer’s cruises – prior to them going on general sale.
Guests must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to sail – with Saga the first major cruise operator to announce such a policy in January.
Spirit of Discovery’s Scottish Highlands and Islands voyage departs on 27 June and is a six-day itinerary, which includes a visit to the Shetland Islands. Prices start from £1,154pp.
The ship’s Great British Isles Adventure, sails on 11 July for 14 nights and calls at Falmouth, Holyhead, Belfast, Greenock, Ullapool, Kirkwall, the Orkney Islands, Newhaven and Newcastle - prices start from £3,375pp.
Saga’s Northern Isles to the Fjords itinerary sails on 3 July and 25 July for six nights, calling at the Orkney Islands, Sognefjord in Norway, Lerwick in the Shetland Islands and Stornoway followed by Scrabster in Scotland. Prices start from £1,539pp.
Nigel Blanks, Saga Cruises chief executive, said: “We know how much our guests want to get travelling again so we are delighted to be launching our all-inclusive, round-Britain Summer cruise itineraries taking in destinations from the Orkney Islands to the Norwegian Fjords.
“The inaugural cruise of our brand-new boutique ship, Spirit of Adventure, will be a real highlight. Like Spirit of Discovery, she has a spacious feel and every detail has been designed with our guests in mind, from the modern, contemporary feel to the fantastic range of facilities and our incredibly high service standards.
“I can confidently say that our guests are in for a really exceptional experience and they can board with peace of mind, knowing we take their health and well-being incredibly seriously. We are asking all our guests to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine prior to joining our cruises and, as they rightly expect, all necessary precautions and the highest standards of cleanliness will be observed onboard.”