Saga Pearl 2
Built for Astor Cruises in 1981, this 449-passenger vessel was bought by Saga Cruises and underwent a £20 million transformation before entering service in March 2010.
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Built for Astor Cruises in 1981, this 449-passenger vessel was bought by Saga Cruises and underwent a £20 million transformation before entering service in March 2010. The atmosphere is relaxed and sociable, despite being small; this vessel still manages to pack in a surprising array of features such as a cinema and indoor pool which are unusual facilities in today’s world of more modern ships. Saga Pearl II offers a more contemporary approach to cruising than that found aboard Saga Sapphire. The inclusion of return private chauffeur car service, travel insurance, and gratuities are an undoubted value-added facet of cruising with Saga.
There’s an almost bewildering array of 22 categories of accommodation, ranging from 139 sq ft Interior cabins to 34 Suites at 269 sq ft; plus two Grand Suites at 430 sq ft; noteworthy are 8 accommodation grades for single occupancy (some of which have balconies). Each cabin boasts a traditional yet stylish nautical décor, and is deceptively spacious with plenty of storage and all mod cons. Superior cabins and Suites come with butler service, mini-bar stocked with drinks and pre-dinner canapés.
The Dining Room features ocean-view picture windows, restful décor and dark wood panelling with tables for 4, 6 or 8. The Verandah Restaurant which overlooks the open decks and aft pool offers buffet breakfast and lunch as well as waiter-service dinner serving the same menu as the Dining Room. There is a good mix of casual, informal, and formal evenings and both restaurants are open-seating. Food is outstanding and geared to British tastes with daily roasts competing on the menus with healthier options. Guests can request plain food, such as meals without sauces and special dietary requirements are not a problem.
The intimate Sundowner Bar is tucked away high up on Bridge Deck and the floor-to-ceiling windows afford views aft across the Sun Deck with its stylish deck furniture. The main Shackleton’s Bar is strategically located close to the Dining Room and is a social hub. Entertainment is staged in the Discovery Lounge and passengers are treated to cabaret-style revue shows plus singers, magicians and classical pianists. This is also the venue for on-board lectures from Saga’s ‘Guest Speakers’ programme. There’s a superb 3,000-book library which is a great place to relax or catch up with the Internet.
Very much a niche operator, Saga Cruises rarely conforms to the norm and tends to steer a course away from the regular cruising playgrounds. If more familiar destinations are featured then it’s at a time of year bigger cruise lines would rarely contemplate.
Computer Learning Centre
Food and Drink
Flat Screen TV
suiteThe Grand Suites have twin beds, some of which can be converted to a king-size bed on request. These cabins have a bath, separate shower, wc and a balcony.
outsideThese superior cabins have double beds with ensuite bathrooms with bath, separate shower and wc and a private balcony.
insideTwin or Double Inside Guarantee
Year Entered Service 01/01/1981
Refurbished Date 01/01/2012
Ship Width 74
Ship Depth 20
Total Decks 8
Total Lifts 3