Saga Pearl II Cruise Review by Flamenco98: Saga Rhythms of the Caribbean
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Saga Rhythms of the Caribbean
Destination: Southern Caribbean
This old and tired ship is well past its sell-by date and unbelievably Saga are renaming it back to Pearl 2 which it was before it became Quest for Adventure. I booked the holiday as Saga usually have special events to introduce solo travellers - not this time sadly and it was the subject of many complaints. Having paid a great deal for an outside cabin, the window was caked with dried salt and never cleaned the whole cruise. This applied to large picture windows in the library area as well. That is normal routine cleaning on all ships but not this one.
I found the amenities sadly lacking and the small swimming pool with rusty steps very uninviting. The main sunbathing deck was under the funnel which sometimes belched out filthy black smoke, depositing soot particles on the sunbed cushions below.
Entertainment apparently had to be provided by the wonderful overworked crew and it was embarrassingly amateurish. Saga need to pay for real entertainers as there were More only 2 singers and 2 pianists provided. The Discovery Lounge is not designed to watch shows as there is no raised stage or tiered seating. Views are also blocked by pillars. The cinema was a joke as the small screen could not show widescreen films and only basic seating provided.
"Free" seating for dinner meant singles were put on whatever table had space and was not what I envisaged when booking as usually singles are put together.
Food was mediocre and nothing like the quality enjoyed on most cruise ships these days. The fresh fruit at breakfast and lunch was cut into small pieces and both pineapple and banana were often brown and overripe.
The casual "Verandah" dining area for lunch and breakfast was very badly arranged and involved a lot of walking from one corner to the other and then to the middle etc. Not diner friendly and it could have been much better set out.
Shore excursions were quite expensive and,since there were no singles meetings, it was not possible to arrange our own tours which I had always done with my late husband. We had an expensive tour supposedly to see Bequia and Mustique by catamaran but this in no way accorded to the description given and the travel desk did not want to know about us on our return, telling us to write to head office. We had paid £99 for this trip that turned out to be 2 hours on a catamaran and being physically hauled ashore at Mustique as there was no gangway provided.
Embarcation and disembarcation was very well organised at all times. The flight back with Monarch was dreadful and, looking at airline reviews,their reputation says it all. Saga need to change their charter airline.
Obviously, I will not cruise with Saga again and have passed on my comments to their Head Office. I am still waiting for the results of their "investigation". Less
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Cabin review: SG222
Cabin 222 on A deck for single occupancy. Good size for one but wardrobe only has 12" space of full length hanging which is not good for ladies. The rest of the hanging area is above the safe and above three drawers. Excellent shower but cubicle very small for large people. Good location near to Purser's Desk etc. but quiet.
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