Sailing on Europe’s finest waterways, their brand-new boutique ships Spirit of the Rhine and Spirit of the Danube are exclusive to Saga guests and offer premium value for money so much included in the price. On your cruise you’ll visit a variety of cities and riverside towns, admiring the ever-changing scenery. All with the added bonus of only unpacking once on your intimate, floating hotel.
With Saga river cruises, your river cruise starts before you get to the ship. This is thanks to their VIP door-to-door service, included at no extra charge with unlimited mileage. On your day of departure, one of our chauffeurs will arrive in good time and drive you to the UK departure point. All hassle-free. Next, you will either fly, embark the Eurostar, or join a coach for the onward journey to the ship or pre-cruise hotel.
All you have to do is get excited about stepping aboard Spirit of the Rhine or Spirit of the Danube.
Saga ships only carry 182 guests so feel intimate, but also spacious and full of natural light. It’s all part of that small-ship appeal. Both Spirit of the Rhine and Spirit of the Danube also feature specially commissioned original art and handmade furniture. Cruise this year, and you’ll be among the very first guests to enjoy cruising on these beautiful new ships.
After your VIP travel, expect a seamless check-in and welcome aboard Spirit of the Rhine or Spirit of the Danube. The personal, attentive service then continues around the ship, in the restaurants, bar, reception and your cabin. A Cruise Host and assistant will also be on hand to answer all your questions – whether they’re about ports of call, ship facilities or which excursion to choose. And with all departures exclusive to Saga guests, the on-board announcements are always in English too.
Every feature of Saga’s river ships has been designed with you, their guests in mind. This includes a panoramic lounge and bar, the main space for activities, entertainment and talks. It’s the real hub of the ship. You can relax and enjoy the ever-changing views from the Sun Deck, complete with sun loungers, waiter-served drinks, a hot tub, deck games and alfresco barbecue. It’s the perfect way to relax as you effortlessly glide to your next destination. You will also find two restaurants, an inviting library, and even a small gym, everything you need to enjoy the perfect cruise.
It’s your home away from home the moment you step inside. Your cabin will be beautifully appointed and spacious, with an average floor plan of 17 square metres. Most have a French balcony, while those on the lower deck have a picture window. It means every morning you’ll wake up to a different view – just one of the many pleasures of life on the water. The cabins have everything you need to enjoy your time on board, from a plush hotel style bed, flat-screen TV and Bluetooth speaker to a seating area, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge, and a bathroom with a walk-in shower. While in the evenings, a turndown service means your cabin will change mood, from day to night.
Every dining experience is a special event on board, with menus that use fresh and locally-sourced ingredients. Expertly prepared by our teams of chefs, there are two restaurants to choose from. Offering a tempting choice at breakfast, lunch and dinner, the main restaurant is lined with large windows so you can enjoy the passing scenery as you dine. Or for a special treat in the evening, reserve a table at the intimate à la carte restaurant, which seats just 34 guests for dinner service. Just make your reservation on board, free of charge. In both restaurants, you can say cheers with red, white and rosé wines served by the glass at lunch and dinner, along with beers and soft drinks. All with our compliments.
Saga river ships are just half the story. Going ashore and exploring the sights is one of the big attractions of river cruising. Whether you’re sailing along the Rhine, Moselle or Danube, there’ll be charming cities and old towns, Gothic castles, vineyards and much more to discover. Even better, you can enjoy included excursions on every cruise. We include at least three on week-long itineraries, and up to eight excursions on longer cruises. If you want to go your own way, grab an interactive map and audio headset from the ship. These are available in many ports, and will take you around the best attractions close by. When you return from your day ashore, there will be enriching talks, and live music back on board. And on selected dates, you can sail with special celebrity guests too.
Take everything you know and love about holidaying with the UK’s favourite over-50s travel expert and transport it to European waterways, joining Saga River on handcrafted itineraries that allow you to explore the Douro, Elbe, Rhine or Danube effortlessly.
There is nothing dated about this over 50s expert and Saga ships bring design that makes every nook and cranny feel inviting. Bars feel a pleasure to pass your time at before dinner in restaurants that wouldn’t look out of place beside London’s Fitzrovia’s best brasseries.
Cabins are some of the most generously sized on the rivers today, many with floor-to-ceiling picture windows offering your own private view of scenery that makes sailing between destinations part of the appeal. Second Saga River ship, Spirit of the Danube, will recreate the same British sensibilities and style on the Danube from 2022.
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