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Saga Pearl II Cruise Review by dewberry

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Saga Pearl II
Saga Pearl II
Member Name: dewberry
Cruise Date: January 2013
Embarkation: Barbados
Destination: South America & Antarctica
Cabin Category: K
Cabin Number: 201
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 1.0
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 2.0
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Amazonian misadventure
Our arrival at Barbados was handled smoothly an the tours and port stops in Grenada and Trinidad were very good.

We thought the ship was looking its age and not suprised is was due a refit.The food quality was average but service very good.

The trouble started when we headed for South America. We were late arriving in Surinam due to Tides. I would have thought the tides would have been known in advance. The next stop was cancelled because of rough sea (I think mainly late arrival).

In Belem we moored in the middle of the river using local boats as tenders. Our trip to shore was hampered by sitting on plastic patio chairs which moved about on deck due to the swell, two persons fell off on the return journey. An excursion to the rain forest for three and a half hours ended up taking over seven hours due to late leaving, towing in a broken down tour boat and the captain of the tender refusing to tie up to the ship as his boat had been damaged earlier.

The next tour also was delayed. At a stop at a native village we were told we could take pictures of the children with their pets, this turned out to be baby animals from the jungle,(peccaries, sloths, cayman, lizards etc. So much for conservation, Saga should not encourage this. The flight back to UK was delayed with little information why.

On complaining to Saga we had a very dismissive letter saying it was all beyond their control. My second letter to them was not answered.

My first and last Saga cruise.

Publication Date: 04/14/13
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