Saga have used everything they know from decades of over-50s holidays to create their first ever bespoke river cruise ship. Enter Spirit of the Rhine, the luxury way to experience the waterways of Europe with a cruise line that keeps its loyal guests coming back time and again.
So, what makes Spirit of the Rhine so special? Like Saga’s oceangoing ships, their first river cruise ship has been designed to combine luxe hotel-style accommodation with great value for money. Everything from a VIP chauffeur service from your own front door to French balconies on cabins in middle and upper decks, beer and soft drinks at mealtimes, and even up to eight excursions in each port are all included in your fare when you holiday on Spirit of Discovery. They’ll even include gravities and Wi-Fi.
Spirit of the Rhine will embark on sailings that are a little different to the norm, with more unique experiences at lesser-known sights and highlights. She’ll bring luxury river cruising to the Rhine, no surprises there, and will also sail selected itineraries along the Main, Moselle and Danube too. A number of excursions are included on every cruise, whether that’s beer tasting in Belgium, tasting your way around Vienna’s tea houses or hopping aboard a canal cruise in Ghent. When you aren’t exploring ashore, Spirit of the Rhine keeps guests entertained with a panoramic lounge and bar, serene library, al fresco barbecues and a huge shaded sun deck with hot tub. And when it comes to bedtime, you’ll slumber in sizeable cabins that are some of the most generous on the Rhine, all with fabulous views of the ever-changing scenery on the riverside.
Food plays a huge part in our holidays and over the years, Saga ships have come to be known for some really good, honest food. Spirit of the Rhine continues that foodie focus with a new partnership with renowned chef and restauranteur, Nick Nairn, the youngest Scottish chef ever to win a Michelin star. Nick brings his culinary prowess to Spirit of the Rhine’s à la carte restaurant aboard Spirit of the Rhine with a signature dish that promises to be the highlight of the menu. Have all meals at sea merely led up to this? We’ll soon find out. Dining at the 34-seat restaurant is included in your Saga river cruise fare, along with the ship’s main restaurant. Having sampled Saga’s food on board an ocean cruise, we’d advise you to pack a healthy appetite, try the steak and always – always! – leave space for a cheese course.