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NEWS SPECIAL REPORT


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Clockwise from top left: Jools Holland and the Duchess of Cornwall; Fleur East; sailaway party (and above); The Globe Girls; staircase on the main deck; Michael and Vicki Wilson, Bolsover Cruise Club, and Phil Nuttall, The Cruise Village


IN MY VIEW: A super ship with several selling points


Having never been on a Saga ship I didn’t really know what to expect, writes Amie Keeley.


I, along with many of the agents on board, probably had some preconceived notions, but these were undone aſter two days. Te decor is understated luxury. It’s contemporary, with flashes of


opulence, such as the spiral staircase on the main deck. Te heart of the ship – the Living Room – is spacious, airy and modern, but there are cosier corners doted around, such as the South Cape Bar, which has a country-club feel with dark leather furnishings. Deep turquoise blues feature throughout and the lighting – from art


deco-like cubic fitings to transparent glass bubbles – is super-stylish in every space. Te key selling points? Te ship has been built specifically for the


British market, from the cuisine, to the artwork, which is all by UK artists, to the Whitstable Bay beers on tap. Plus, it’s all-inclusive, even in the three speciality dining venues, and


there are balconies with every suite. Saga’s bosses hope the ship will change brand perception and atract cruisers from other lines. Tere’s every reason to believe it will.


WHAT DID YOU THINK OF SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY?


Vanessa De Vere, Travel Counsellors “It’s contemporary and modern, but also very cosy, with lots of hidden spaces to relax. Although it’s a small ship, you never feel crowded. I wouldn’t have sold Saga before now, but I’ve already had six enquiries.”


Stephen Manning, GoCruise & Travel “The cabins are very well appointed and I was really impressed with the food. The guest-to-crew ratio is very high. Saga should be praised for building a ship for the British market and as agents we should support that.”


David Celino-Stock, Tickets Travel “I was in a single cabin, which was spacious with a good-sized balcony and double bed. It’s great to see Saga accommodating single travellers with a range of cabins. The choice of restaurants was good and the whole ship felt light and airy. The service was also great, so I think it will be a hit.”


travelweekly.co.uk


11 JULY 2019


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PICTURES: Phil Gammon


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