The smallest of Saga Cruises’ two ships, you’ll enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this yacht-style vessel that’s exclusively for adults. The amount of features and outdoor space onboard, however, gives the feeling of a much bigger cruise experience.
Once you set off from Dover or Southampton, get to know the amiable staff before joining in at the sailaway party with free drinks. Throughout your Saga Cruises Mediterranean holiday, you’ll be extremely well looked after as for each passenger there are more than two staff members onboard.
The ship’s dining spaces all make use of local ingredients, so that your meals are always fresh and give you a flavour of the ports of call. Either choose sociable open seating or ask for a fixed table with friends in the main Dining Room or Verandah. The Chart and Ward Rooms offer a special menu where you can dine with the Captain or, for something more casual, afternoon tea is served every day.
Cabins are pleasingly spacious and bright for a small ship, with the option of inside or outside cabins, those for solo travellers, plus suites with a balcony and butler service for that extra special trip.
On sea days, Saga Pearl II is brimming with things to do, both leisurely and more active, as well as some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities on themed cruises – like appearances by celebrity dancers, TV stars, authors and Michelin-starred chefs. Each morning you’ll receive a programme detailing what you can do that day, from fitness classes to quizzes, painting to films.
Some activities are held every day, like the ‘walk a mile’ group on the deck. Or, if you prefer to take things at your own pace, head to the spa for a facial, get your hair done, use the gym or one of three pools. Up on the Sun Deck by the pools is an outdoor games area with tennis, quoits and shuffleboard or inside there’s a card room and library holding over 3000 books and DVDs.
Come evening time, the Discovery Lounge hosts entertainment from the ship’s own theatre group, as well as visiting performers. Or retire to one of three bars, such as the main bar Shackleton’s, where a pianist plays most nights.
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Saga Pearl II may be a smaller ship, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your own personal space – and you’re sure to be surprised just how light, bright and well designed the cabins are.
Offering a stylish nautical flair, there’s a great choice of inside and outside cabins, Superior-grade rooms and cabins especially for solo travellers – these are limited, so they tend to sell out fast! Or if you really want to splash out, why not opt for a spacious Suite complete with butler service?
Cabins include a dressing table/writing desk with seating, flat screen television with DVD player, direct-dial telephone and a personal safe and mini fridge. Rooms also feature a wardrobe, mirror and hairdryer. Cabins also benefit from a daily bowl of fresh fruit, a personal cabin steward and a nightly turndown service.
With views from a window or porthole, these cabins include a dressing table/writing desk with seating, flat screen television with DVD player, direct-dial telephone and a personal safe and mini fridge. Rooms also feature a wardrobe, mirror and hairdryer. Cabins also benefit from a daily bowl of fresh fruit, a personal cabin steward and a nightly turndown service.
These larger cabins have a window, French doors or a balcony and are located on Deck A or above for the best views. They include a dressing table/writing desk with seating, flat screen television with DVD player, direct-dial telephone and a personal safe and mini fridge. Rooms also feature a wardrobe, mirror and hairdryer. Cabins also benefit from a daily bowl of fresh fruit, a personal cabin steward and a nightly turndown service.
Many of these suites have a balcony, and all feature living and dining areas. They include a dressing table/writing desk with seating, flat screen television with DVD player, direct-dial telephone and a personal safe and mini fridge. Rooms also feature minibar stocked with wines, spirits and soft drinks, and a wardrobe, mirror and hairdryer. Cabins also benefit from a full butler service, a daily bowl of fresh fruit, fresh flowers, pre-dinner canapés and a personal cabin steward and a nightly turndown service.
Full waiter service or buffet? Open seating or the same table each dinner time? When it comes to dining on Saga Pearl II, it’s all about choice – your choice – and there are two main restaurants offering different dining experiences. Best of all, all meals are always included in the price, with no added supplements or charges.
The main Dining Room is an elegant venue that offers waiter service at every mealtime, from a varied chef-prepared menu.
Occupying the full width of the ship, it has large ocean-view windows and is expertly furnished with wood panelling and contemporary décor that continues the ship’s nautical theme.
For a more informal dining experience, head for the Verandah overlooking the stern of Boat Deck, where you can dine both inside or out. Enjoy a choice of buffet meals and waiter-served dinners, plus special barbecues and al fresco dining when the weather’s fine.
Here you can also help yourself to a wide selection of teas and freshly-ground coffees, 24 hours a day.
Occasionally, guests are invited to dine with the Captain or senior officers in the Chart and Ward Rooms – intimate dining areas seating just 14 guests and serving a special fish menu.
Whether you’d like a cup of tea or coffee when you wake up, a full breakfast in bed, lunch or snack any time of the day, 24-hour room service is always available free of charge.
And in the evenings, there's always the option to dine in the comfort of your cabin. It’s also perfect for a romantic dinner for two.
Choose from the menu that’s being served that night in the Dining Room and Verandah, or from the special room service menu. And just as if you were eating in the main venues, it’s included in the price – with no service charges or added gratuities.
When you're not exploring ashore, you'll find so much to keep you busy around the ship. Inside and out, there are spaces to relax or get active.
Every morning a Daily Programme will be delivered to your cabin, listing all the activities on offer that day. But whether you want to do it all or simply relax into the laid-back pace of life on the ocean wave, they leave it up to you to decide how you enjoy your time.
As a ship reserved exclusively for adults, the atmosphere is always refined and relaxed: there are no kids’ areas or noisy games rooms, just plenty of entertainment and activities tailored for you. This often includes painting and photography classes, music recitals, talks, quizzes and films in the cinema. What will you choose?
Enjoy lively talks, presentations, dance classes and afternoon tea – that great cruising tradition – in the Discovery Lounge.
It’s also the venue for fun activities throughout the day, such as on themed cruises where you could find yourself enjoying cookery demonstrations from Michelin-starred chefs, a live interview with a TV star or author, or performances from celebrity dancers – every cruise is different!
You can also look forward to a programme of guests speakers on every cruise, experts who will offer insights into the upcoming destinations as well as the local history, culture and unmissable sights.
In the evenings, this lounge comes alive with dancing, shows from the ship's own theatre company, star guests, specially-invited musicians, classical recitals and a resident band, for a wide variety of entertainment each and every night.
Comfortable, well-designed seating means everyone can enjoy the show, while television screens dotted around the space offer a close-up view of the action on stage.
In the afternoons and evenings, you can head to the cinema in the middle of B deck. Here you can watch classic films and the very latest releases, sometimes even while they’re still in the multiplexes back home!
If you’re sailing on a ‘themed cruise’, the films will often reflect the flavour or era of the on-board entertainment too. Or if you’d prefer to watch in the comfort of your cabin, the same programme is also available on your own television.
Good sea views through picture windows and an outside seating area with a large TV for sporting events.
The ship's main bar with a live pianist and dance floor.
Saga Pearl II boasts a library containing more books per passenger than any other classic cruise ship, and the impressive 3,000+ collection of books is the real heart of the ship. Here you can escape in a book or newspaper, research your next destination or borrow a DVD from to watch in the comfort of your cabin.
For those who love the latest technology, the ship also boasts the first e-library afloat! Created in association with iconic publishers Penguin, you can grab an e-reader and choose from 36 titles specially curated by Penguin’s experts. Genres include crime and adventure, escapist fiction, travel writing, literary gems, historical fiction and celebrity biography and so much more.
Visit the photo gallery on Promenade Deck to pick up a keepsake of your cruise. The photographers and videographers capture all the special moments of your time, from on-board events and parties to the shore excursions and evening entertainment.
You can purchase framed prints and even photo gifts on board, or even print your own photos from your digital camera. Or why not buy a DVD or blu ray of your cruise – perfect for taking home a memento to share with friends and family.
The ship has a boutique selling a range of items from toiletries and confectionary, to perfumes, jewellery, souvenirs, giftware, clothing, alcohol and cigarettes – all tax free!
There are plenty of opportunities to get active during your stay on the Saga Pearl II. From a fully equipped gym to two beautiful pools, the ship is brilliant for those who don't want to sit around. If that's not your thing, why not visit the spa and beauty salon for some treatments.
So you can enjoy the ultimate in relaxation on board, Saga have teamed up with Decléor, the world’s leading aromatherapy skincare brand.
Designed for pure pampering, choose from a varied menu of tempting treatments, all using premium essential oils and natural ingredients. This includes facials, massages, manicures, tailored wellbeing programmes and special treatments just for gentlemen.
The Spa is also perfect for some quiet ‘me time’, whether you want to take a dip in the pool, enjoy a sauna, or treat yourself to hair and beauty treatments from top brand Carita.
Why not relax and unwind after a busy day by heading down to the Spa. Treat yourself to a:
These include the Madagascan Red Island Ritual body massage, age defying or vitamin facials, back, neck, shoulder and leg remedies, scalp massage and eye treatments.
Speak to the therapists for details of great-value packages, including discounts when enjoying treatments on port days.
There are plenty of facilities you can use free of charge during your cruise too. These include:
There are plenty of opportunities to get active whilst on board Saga Pearl II.
This includes the Sun Deck with its outdoor games, including shuffleboard, deck quoits and short tennis court, to included exercise classes, a fully-equipped gym and swimming pools.
The ship also has plenty of outside space where you might like to go for a brisk stroll around the deck, or a gentle walk before dinner.
You can even join a yoga or Pilates class, try your hand at golf putting or bowls, or enjoy sociable evenings of dancing in the Discovery Lounge. Dance partners are even available if you don’t want to go it alone!
Perfect if you want to look your best for a formal dinner or special occasion, there are several services to choose from:
Saga offers an interesting array of guest speakers to talk to the passengers onboard. Discussing various subjects including upcoming destinations, there's nothing better than to be inspired and captivated by these impressive lectures.
Saga offers a wide variety of guest lectures with experts in a variety of fields. Each speaker offers insights into the passenger’s upcoming destinations and accommodates anyone from beginner to expert within a chosen subject.