Saga Pearl II Set To Retire in 2019

After 202 sailings, Saga Pearl II is set to retire in style from the Saga Cruises’ fleet with a 54-night farewell celebration cruise across Africa, departing on February 16, 2019. Saga Pearl II is being replaced by Saga’s brand new small ship Spirit of Discovery, carrying no more than 1000 guests and to launch in summer 2019.

The South African Farewell Adventure sailing features calls including South Africa and Namibia, Mozambique and the remote island of St Helena and includes:

» Wildlife adventures include two-night overland tour to Kruger National Park

» Special celebration during overnight mooring in Cape Town

» A call the remote island of St Helena

» Cruising the Cape of Good Hope

Sailing from Portsmouth and venturing into West Africa, Saga Pearl II calls in Banjul, Gambia, where guests can take a tour of the Oyster Creek mangroves to look for birdlife such as red-throated bee-eaters.

One of Saga Pearl II’s special farewell celebrations takes place during an overnight mooring in Cape Town, South Africa. In Port Elizabeth, guests can try to spot the ‘big five’ in the Pumba Game Reserve or take a 4×4 ride through Addo Elephant Park.

In East London, South Africa, there’s the chance to see rare wildlife, such as the unique Eastern Cape kudu on an optional tour to Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve.

In Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, there’s also the opportunity to join a two-night overland excursion to Kruger National Park for afternoon and early morning safaris before rejoining Saga Pearl II in Durban. A further optional tour takes guests to Tala Game Reserve to go in search of giraffe, antelope and buffalo.

Richards Bay is also on the itinerary and in Hluhluwe Game Reserve there’s a kayaking safari into the wetlands of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, home to turtles, crocodiles, hippo and hundreds of birds.

Saga Pearl II also calls into Porto Grande in Cape Verde; Funchal, Madeira; Santa Cruz, Tenerife and Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. The last port on her farewell cruise is Ferrol, the gateway to Galicia and Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Find out more about this cruise here.

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