We took a short cruise up the Eastern Seaboard in late September aboard Saga Ruby. Flying to N.Y. cruising for 14 nights then spending 5 nights in N.Y. before flying home. What an experience that was. So when we could afford to do so, 2 years later we booked to go all around the world on the same ship. From the moment we were picked up from our home to the sad time when we had to disembark and be taken home again, our lives were taken to a place where everyone should at some point be able to go. The service was exceptional, waiters, Joseph, Jason, Lito, Julio to name a few were attentive, happy, smiling, cheerful, helpful, in all fantastic. The cabin staff, reception, chefs, cleaners, everyone did their best to make you feel special. The cabin was always clean and tidy with attention to detail. Always ice-cold water and fresh fruit in your cabin every day. The ship was very clean at all times. There was a gym, spa, and two pools. The clean wooden decks were lovely to stroll around in the morning and evening. Liberally covered with more than enough loungers for all during the day. The food, well what can one say about first class abundant cuisine. Eat in the Dining Room or the Lido for breakfast, lunch and dinner.In the Ballroom for afternoon tea and again in the Lido (for those who could manage more food) late night bites. Teas, coffees horlicks, ovaltine, orange and apple juice you name it, available 24/7 as was ice cream. Also room service 24/7 at no extra cost. In fact the only thing extra was alcoholic drinks and they were priced lower than the average pub.
The port excursions described by the destinations lecturer Dr Peter Crimes gave us very good insight into what we were about to see. Also giving us the history and background. Afterwards the cruise tour guide Jackie talked about our various options and the walking and climbing involved on each excursion so we could make a choice to suit our mobility. She also explained buses, taxis and the free shuttle service usually put on by Saga to the centre of town or village. Her door was always open for any other questions or queries.
Would we go again...oh yes....we have already booked to go to the Caribbean next winter for 35 nights.
I defy anyone not to thoroughly enjoy the Saga cruising experience.
And of course, the people you meet have the most wonderful stories to tell. I could go on forever.......