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Jools Holland Signs for Saga

Jools Holland Signs for Saga

Saga Cruises has just announced two new boutique cruise ships in 2019 and 2020. They’ve also announced a deal with music legend, Jools Holland, for him to become the face of ‘The Club by Jools’ restaurant and bar on the company’s first ever new build cruise ship - Spirit of Discovery. Jools Holland is a composer, pianist, bandleader and broadcaster. From playing pubs in the East End docks as a teenager, to leading his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra playing to 250,000 people per year and selling millions of records. He is widely respected in the music scene due to his passion for all genres of music, showcased on his BBC show ‘Later… with Jools Holland’. Jools was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his services to the British Music Industry.


Jools Holland commented, “I’m delighted that Saga is dedicating a space on the new ship for live music which is something that is very close to my heart. There is nothing better than listening to live music in a small, intimate setting where you can really connect with the artists and their music.  Food and music are two of my greatest passions and it’s great that Saga is combining the two”.


The partnership with Jools Holland will bring the music aficionado’s love of live music to the sophisticated restaurant and bar inspired by the great cabaret lounges of the 50s. This exclusive five-year partnership is the first of Saga’s endorsed venues and will also see Jools Holland perform a number of live gigs onboard Spirit of Discovery, with his first appearances confirmed on the ‘Channel Island Hop’ cruise departing 23 July 2019, ‘Gourmet Spain’ departing 3 August  and ‘Natural Scandinavia’ departing 17 August.


The ‘Club by Jools’ will be one of Spirit of Discovery’s three speciality restaurants, serving a choice of sumptuous meals to appeal to all tastes, but will specialise in steaks. More than a restaurant, it will be a fun entertainment venue too – a perfect place for live music and cocktails in the evenings, with resident and guest musicians entertaining until late.


Spirit of Discovery is due for delivery in the summer of 2019 with Spirit of Adventure joining the fleet in 2020. If you want to pre-register and be amongst the first to hear about the inaugural cruise seasons, speak to our experienced team on 0800 484 0370. 


Gary Buchanan 

  • 27th June 2018

Gary Buchanan


Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.