Diary of a cruise virgin - Saga Pearl: Part 2
Relaxing in our spacious well-appointed cabin with hardly a
movement from the exceptionally calm North Sea, I could be forgiven for
thinking I was in a top class resort hotel, but then again I am, just a floating
version. But to get here had been a whole different experience from the usual
mayhem of an airport departure.
Saga offer a free pick up service for their clients and many
of my fellow passengers had taken advantage of this, but we opted to drive the
relatively short distance to Dover and leave our car securely parked for the
Boarding was an equally simple affair, no queues at
security, our bags were whisked away and before we knew it we were making
ourselves at home in our cabin.
My first impression is that for a relatively small ship,
Saga Pearl II is perfectly formed and feels very spacious. This cruise is fully
booked and yet there is no problem finding quiet space to sit and relax.
A quick glance at the daily activities newsletter, and it becomes
clear that our holiday could be actioned packed. But then again, why not just
grab a comfy sun bed on a sheltered deck and while away the hours? Saga think
of everything, and in case of any chilly winds, cosy fleece wraps are
available. Thankfully so far the weather is calm and warm, so let’s hope it
As we departed Dover yesterday afternoon we enjoyed a glass
of champagne and the chance to meet some of the staff and crew, all who are
incredibly friendly and welcoming, there is something very exciting about
slowly moving away from dry land into the wide blue sea.
After a sumptuous dinner, with wine included, we staggered
along to the main lounge to hear the welcoming briefing and to enjoy a taste of
the entertainment that will be on offer each evening. A talented group of young
people danced and sung their way through a medley of songs with a promise of
more to come on subsequent nights.
Dress code so far has been almost anything goes, apart from
shorts or jeans in the dining rooms. So I may have over-estimated the amount
and variety of clothes I packed, (what’s new) but with no luggage restrictions
who can blame me?
Waking up this morning with tea delivered by a smiling
steward is a bonus in my book as for 50 weeks of the year I get up and make
my own tea. Room service is included and
you could have all your meals in your cabin if you wished.
Today we have a ‘sea day’ and decisions have to be made
regarding activities - anything from Line Dancing, Bridge lessons, talks about
our ports of call, or for me, a luxury spa treatment. All interspersed with
food, and yet more food. The meals are thoughtfully prepared with vegetarian, diabetic
and gluten free options, a good choice of dishes with plainer fare for those
who like it. I am beginning to realise we have a lot of delicious meals to get
through and dress code should include a selection of stretchy outfits. Food is
very important to cruise clients and a bonus for me is that all meals operate
on a free seating basis so you can opt for a table for 2 or join a group should
Tonight is a ‘formal evening’ and tomorrow Bergen beckons -
more to follow.
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- Diary of a cruise virgin - Saga Pearl: Part 1
- Diary of a cruise virgin - Saga Pearl: Part 3
- Diary of a cruise virgin - Saga Pearl: Part 4