Acquired by Saga Cruises in 2012, she underwent an extensive renovation. With a deep draught this ship copes well in any adverse conditions that might be encountered on her global …
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This classic ship was originally built in 1982 for the prestigious Hapag-Lloyd Cruise Company and for many years was the icon of German cruising at its most luxurious. Acquired by Saga Cruises in 2012, this 720-passenger vessel underwent an extensive renovation and restructure when more balcony cabins were added. With a deep draught this ship copes well in any adverse conditions that might be encountered on her global sailing schedule. The flagship of the Saga Cruises’ fleet boasts an intimate, sociable atmosphere and offers superb service from the 415 crew.
There are no fewer than 24 grades of accommodation including Inside, Outside and Superior cabins as well as Suites. These include 44 Single cabins in a host of categories. A distinguishing factor of Saga Sapphire is the size of Standard cabins which average a commendable 220 sq ft while 65 cabins have private balconies. All cabins have a flat screen television, DVD player, radio, safe, mini-fridge, bathrobes and toiletries, and a daily bowl of fresh fruit. 24-hour room service means meals; snacks or refreshments are available at no extra charge.
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Pole to Pole Restaurant is divided into areas themed on the four continents. Dinner is open-seating while a number of tables are set aside for those who prefer to eat at the same table at the same time each day. Buffet-style breakfast and lunch as well as waiter-served dinner are offered in the Verandah and Grill which has indoor and outdoor seating where evening barbecues are perennially popular. East to West restaurant offers an Asian Fusion menu of Chinese, Thai, Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine. The Beach Club evokes a British seaside resort and serves gourmet fish and chips, hot dogs and a variety of ice creams.
References to comedian Tommy Cooper add a touch of whimsy to Cooper's Bar. Another delightful room is the Aviator Lounge where the theme is dedicated to the heroes of the skies. The spacious Drawing Room, with its slightly edgy décor, is the venue for dance classes, quizzes, and music recitals, not forgetting that revered British cruising tradition – afternoon tea. As the sun sets, this room is transformed as singers, instrumentalists and the ship’s own resident theatre company take to the stage for high quality evening entertainment.
Passengers can soak up the sun on one of the many sunloungers that surround the large pool on Deck 11, while one deck above at the aft of the ship is ‘View from the Top’, where there’s hot tubs and crazy-golf at ‘St Andrews’. We love the fact that in the evening this area transforms into an open-air cinema with the chance to relax and watch a film under the stars.
Shore Excursion Office
Internet Access Lounge
Food and Drink
The Grill (burgers & hot dogs)
Fully Air Conditioned
suiteOur Royal Suites all have a balcony and en-suite bathroom with bath and shower over. They have either twin beds or a double bed.
balconySuperior cabins all have a balcony and en-suite bathroom with bath and shower over. Cabins have twin beds or a double bed. One of these cabins is also suitable for those with special needs.
outsideThese twin-bedded outside cabins all have a window and en-suite bathroom with a shower.
insideTwin or Double Inside Guarantee
Year Entered Service 01/03/1982
Refurbished Date 01/01/2012
Ship Width 94
Ship Depth 28
Total Decks 10
Total Lifts 4
Total Crew 560