The ships departed that evening and shortly after a fireworks display took place over Dover Harbour for both passengers on board the two ships and those on the shore in Dover to enjoy.
The larger of the two cruise ships, the 720-passenger Saga Sapphire set sail on a 17-night cruise which revisits ports of call on the inaugural cruise of Saga Rose some 20 years ago. The smaller, 449-passenger Saga Pearl II departed on a eight-night cruise to the Norwegian Fjords.
In 2019 Saga Cruises’ first ever new build cruise ship is set to launch. The 999-passenger Spirit of Discovery will feature all balcony accommodation and a broad range of passenger amenities.
Robin Shaw, Chief Executive, Saga Cruises, said “Since we started cruising in 1997 with Saga Rose the business really has gone from strength to strength. We’re experts in cruising for the over 50’s, we currently take more than 20,000 passengers a year on luxury cruises around the world. And with the exciting news that we’re adding to our fleet with the arrival of our new-build ship, Spirit of Discovery in 2019, its exciting times for the business and the cruise industry as a whole.”