It’s the booze that can push up the cost of a cruise. It is normally not included in the price of your holiday but Saga is offering all-inclusive cruises on selected Saga Ruby, Saga Sapphire (above) and Saga Pearl II departing in November. The prices include includes all meals, wine with lunch and dinner, soft drinks, house-brand spirits and cocktails, entertainment, UK door-to-door chauffeur service, gratuities and travel insurance.
Saga Sapphire (above): Brendan Lynch, a finalist in TV’s the Great British Bake-Off will be cooking up a treat with talks and demonstrations during the Western Mediterranean Explorer cruise. Destinations are steeped in history and offer the opportunity to discover remnants of Cartagena’s Roman remains in Spain to Lisbon’s stunning architecture in Portugal. The 16-night cruise also includes ports of call to Tunis, Tunisia; Valletta, Malta; Palermo, Sicily and Algiers, Algeria. Price from £1,899, departing Southampton on November 15.
Saga Pearl II: Choose the full 24-night Adriatic Homecoming classic cruise or take an 11-night outward journey or 13-night return. Saga Pearl II sails from Southampton on November 22 and arrives in Venice on December 3 where passengers can extend their stay in a 4Q-rated hotel for three nights. On this melodic cruise there will be a Venetian masked ball, performances from soprano Hayley Westenra, The Operababes, The Three Tenors tribute act and The Gondolier Trio plus the opportunity to visit the ancient ruins of Cartagena, Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, mythical Corfu, historic Split and, of course, the beautiful city of Venice. Prices start from £1,679 for 11 nights (Nov 22-Dec 3), £1,999 for 13 nights (Dec 3-16) or £2,749 for 24 nights. Three-night stay in Venice from £399 including breakfast.
Saga Ruby: Trade in the darker nights for sun-kissed shores on a Voyage to the Canaries. There are pretty villages to discover, volcanoes to explore and colourful gardens to enjoy on this 12-night cruise from Southampton. Price from £1,599, departing on November 23 to visit the ports of Funchal, Madeira; Santa Cruz, Tenerife; Las Palmas, Gran Canaria; Arrecife, Lanzarote and Agadir, Morocco.
Stop, Look, Listen – to Motown music as you sail away on the Portugal, Madeira and the Azores cruise. Sandy beaches, lush landscapes, wine-tasting and dolphin-spotting will fill your day and in the evening dance to the best sounds from Berry Gordon’s Motown music machine. Price from £1,899 for 15 nights, departing Southampton on November 8.