Step aboard Saga Sapphire and discover the delights of small-ship cruising. This boutique-style ship sets sail around Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and beyond with 720 passengers and 415 crew on board; offering a casual and intimate cruise experience, coupled with friendly service and abundant amenities. The ten passenger decks are home to spacious guest accommodation, restaurants and bars, and sports, leisure, and entertainment facilities. The cabins and suites feature 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, mini-fridge, flat-screen television with DVD player, fresh fruit, turndown service, and bathroom with bathrobes and toiletries. Saga Sapphire's compact size means she can access ports and cities that larger ships simply can't reach; where you can step ashore to sightsee and sample the local cuisine and culture.
The elegant Pole to Pool eatery serves full English breakfasts, a light lunch, and a daily-changing menu of British and international specialities for dinner, with the choice of open or fixed seating tables. The informal Verandah and Grill is open for continental breakfast, buffet-style lunch, and waiter-served dinner served from an open kitchen; with the option of indoor or alfresco dining on the veranda. Get into true holiday mode as you tuck into freshly-cooked fish and chips in the Beach Club. Reserve your table at East to West speciality restaurant to experience authentic tastes of Asia in an oriental style setting. If you prefer to relax in your cabin, you can also have food delivered courtesy of 24-hour room service.
The bar in the Beach Club serves a tasty mix of sweets, ice creams, and drinks. Enjoy homemade sweet treats with a pot of tea as you take in the ever-changing views in the Drawing Room. Britannia Lounge hosts dance classes, musical recitals, and a traditional afternoon tea service. Unwind with a quiet drink in the flight-themed Aviator Lounge, or chat with new-found friends over a glass of wine or two in the comedy-themed Cooper's Bar. Lunch and dinner in the restaurants also come with complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks, and you can also enjoy unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues.
The entertainment on Saga Sapphire caters to every taste both day and night. Soak up the sun at The Beach Club or visit the Aqua Spa for a pampering body wrap treatment. Take a stroll around the Promenade Deck or admire panoramic vistas from View from the Top on Deck 12. Lose yourself in a book in the library or borrow an iPad to browse the Internet. Play a game of deck quoits or tee off at the crazy golf course. After dinner, cabaret acts, singers, instrumentalists, and the ship's theatre company take to the stage in the Britannia Lounge, followed by dancing to the Sapphire Orchestra. The Drawing Room hosts a second dance floor and occasional entertainment and trivia quizzes. If you feel like some fun, head to Cooper's on Deck 8 to play bingo and watch classic half-hour comedy shows on the big-screen.
Day 1: Dover
Arrive in Dover port where you will board Saga Sapphire and set sail to Bergen, Norway
Day 3: Bergen, Norway
The charming port city of Bergen is framed by seven hills on Norway's south-west shore. Bergen’s bustling waterfront and narrow streets of colourful half-timbered houses combine with a proud musical and maritime heritage. Ride the funicular railway up Mount Floyen for city views. Visit Troldhaugen Museum to see Edvard Grieg's musical heritage comes to life, or explore the artwork on display at KODE. The 900-year old Bryggen, a wharf that features museums and pubs, guides you through the city's sea-faring past, while locally-caught seafood can be found at Bergen Fish Market. Discover family fun at Bergen Science Centre and Bergen Aquarium, or explore the city's sights on a Segway tour.
Day 4: Alesund, Norway
Step ashore at the Norwegian port of Alesund. This fishing town is found spread across several islands and is generally considered Norway's most beautiful city. Renowned for its cultural festivals, Alesund was rebuilt in 1904 following a huge fire and now features stunning Art Nouveau architecture to explore. Walk up Mount Askla for spectacular views; see the time capsule and Viking ship replicas at Jugendstilsenteret and Sunnmore Museums; feed the fish at Atlanterhavsparken; and enjoy coffee and cake at a waterfront cafe. There are a variety of hiking, biking and kayaking excursions to enjoy here, as well as lively bars and top restaurants serving local and international dishes.
Day 5: Geiranger, Norway
The ship then drops anchor at Geiranger on the shores of UNESCO World Heritage site, Geirangerfjord. Stroll into the village to view the church and sample reindeer and brown goat’s cheese in a local eatery. Enjoy a boat trip along the fjord for close up views of the famous Seven Sisters and Suitor waterfalls. Venture further afield to explore local farm life at the interactive Norwegian Fjord Centre or take a trip up to the scenic viewpoints at Dalsnibba or Eagle's Bend.
Day 8: Dover
Today you will disembark and make your journey home.