Saga Cruises

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Saga Shipping
Industry Shipping, tourism
Founded 1996
Headquarters Folkestone, England
Key people
Saga Group
Products Cruises, holidays
Website Official website

Saga Shipping, also known as Saga Cruises is a British based cruise line, a division of the Saga Group. The cruises are aimed at people aged 50 and over.


The Saga Group decided to start operations of a holiday branch by purchasing the Saga Rose.[1] She operated generally as Saga's flagship until her fairly similar ex fleet mate the Saga Ruby was purchased from Cunard Line in 2005.[2]

For the summer of 2003, Saga Cruises chartered the 1989 built MV Minerva which sailed as the Saga Pearl.

The Saga Rose was retired after a final 37 night Mediterranean cruise. She was subsequently laid up at Gibraltar and later scrapped in China.[3]

While on her final cruise, a planned 31 night Caribbean cruise, the Saga Ruby had one of its generators fail which disabled the ship's air-conditioning plant. It was then decided to cancel the cruise and sail a revised Western Mediterranean itinerary, returning to Southampton on 9 January 2014 due to poor weather. While in Funchal, Madeira the Saga Ruby met up with the Saga Sapphire for a New Year's Eve fireworks display. After her cruise, she departed for Gibraltar leaving Southampton for a final time on 10 January, she was handed over to her new owners, Millenium View Ltd, on 13 January 2014. She was renamed Oasia and scrapped in 2017 despite having undergone a major refit.

Currently Saga Cruises operates the Saga Sapphire and the Saga Pearl II. The latter is due to be retired in 2019 when the new Spirit of Discovery joins the fleet.[4]

Spirit of Adventure Cruises[edit]

Saga formed the brand Spirit of Adventure Cruises in 2005. In March 2006, the Spirit of Adventure, ex-Orange Melody, set out on her first cruise.[5] Unlike Saga's sailings, people 21 and older may embark on a cruise with Spirit of Adventure. Saga sold MV Spirit of Adventure in August 2011[6] marking an end of the brand, following the move of the Quest of Adventure back to the main Saga fleet, as the Saga Pearl II.


Current fleet[edit]

Ship Built In Service Tonnage Notes Image
Saga Sapphire 1981 2012 – present 37,301 tons Formerly Bleu de France with CDF Croisières de France. Originally built as Europa for Hapag-Lloyd. Saga Sapphire 15 May 2012 Port of Tallinn.JPG
Saga Pearl II 1981 2010-2012
2013 – present
18,591 GRT Originally sailed as the Saga Pearl II from 2010 to 2012, later became the Quest for Adventure; before moving back to the Saga Fleet.Originally built as Astor for HADAG. North Sea watercraft between Heligoland and CUX - photo5.jpg

Future Fleet[edit]

Ship Built In Service Tonnage Notes
Spirit of Discovery 2019 2019 55,900 tons First new build for Saga Cruises.[7][8] The ship will accommodate 1,000 guests.[9]
Spirit of Adventure 2020 2020 56,000 tons 2nd option picked up

Former Saga fleet[edit]

Ship Built In Service Tonnage Notes Image
Saga Pearl 1989 Summer 2003 12,500 GRT Chartered by Saga Cruises in briefly during Summer 2003. Saga Pearl at Tallinn 1.jpg
Saga Rose 1965 1996-2010 24,474 GRT Originally passenger/cruise ship operated by Norwegian America Line. Sold along with fleet mate Saga Ruby) in 1983 and initially named Sagafjord Sagarose.JPG
Spirit of Adventure 1981 2004-2012 9,570 GRT Originally operated by Peter Deilmann as Berlin. Sold to FTI Group in 2012 and renamed to FTI Berlin (only Berlin since 2014), she is now operated by FTI Cruises.[10] Ísafjörður 20.JPG
Saga Ruby 1973 2005–2014 24,292 GRT Originally passenger/cruise ship operated by Norwegian America Line. Sold along with fleet mate Saga Rose) in 1983 and initially named Vistafjord. Saga Ruby 2013.JPG