Saga Sapphire captain Stuart Horne believes that the launch of the new ships, Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Adventure, will open the doors to some interesting new destinations for the over 50’s cruise line.

Speaking exclusively to Cruise Trade News, captain Horne explained that as the new ships launch, the cruise line will be in a position to expand its itineraries – something which may come as music to the ears of many existing Saga passengers.

“We do get feedback that we visit the same old ports, but many of our guests are purely here for the crew on board, in fact up to 25 per cent will not get off the ship when docked,” said captain Horne. “There may be the most fabulous itinerary, but they still like to sit in their favourite spot, and enjoy the views and fantastic service.

“I would like to see us venture to some further away ports which are slightly more ‘on the edge’; the two new ships will be fully compliant with global legislation so we will have the opportunity to do that. There’s some exciting stuff coming in future brochures.”

2019/2020 will be Saga Sapphire’s farewell season and the cruise calendar features five new voyages including Norway, The Mediterranean and The British Isles. The 33-night Grand Finale cruise will set sail from Southampton on 6 May 2020.