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Our first ever cruise and couldn't fault it. So good we've booked another cruise on Saga Sapphire for May next year whilst on board. Spotlessly clean cabin on arrival and our cabin steward kept is so for all the cruise. Exemplary service. Food excellent and very varied menu. Opted for the 'open dining' option and found this the best way to meet people. Entertainment generally very good, with the 4 piece string quartet and pianist in the bars excellent. Organisation from collection from home to return first rate. Shore excursions were very well organised and advance informative talks given 1-2 days before arrival. Lots of lectures on various subjects to keep you occupied during at sea days. Very good on-board library. WiFi on board free through-out the ship, but can be a bit slow due to being on a satellite link. Best port of call was Arendal, only small but very interesting and easy to get to without need of shuttle bus. Except for St Petersburg (due to visa requirements) shuttle bus for port best option. Tallinn was crowded, but 3 other cruise ships docked at same time. Enjoyed the galley tour with George Streeter the chef - very informative. The weather was generally good, and the captain gave advance notice of some slightly choppy waters after Stockholm so everyone was prepared.

Baltic Capitals - Excellent First Cruise

Saga Sapphire Cruise Review by mjgibbons

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Our first ever cruise and couldn't fault it. So good we've booked another cruise on Saga Sapphire for May next year whilst on board.

Spotlessly clean cabin on arrival and our cabin steward kept is so for all the cruise. Exemplary service. Food excellent and very varied menu. Opted for the 'open dining' option and found this the best way to meet people.

Entertainment generally very good, with the 4 piece string quartet and pianist in the bars excellent.

Organisation from collection from home to return first rate.

Shore excursions were very well organised and advance informative talks given 1-2 days before arrival.

Lots of lectures on various subjects to keep you occupied during at sea days.

Very good on-board library. WiFi on board free through-out the ship, but can be a bit slow due to being on a satellite link.

Best port of call was Arendal, only small but very interesting and easy to get to without need of shuttle bus.

Except for St Petersburg (due to visa requirements) shuttle bus for port best option.

Tallinn was crowded, but 3 other cruise ships docked at same time.

Enjoyed the galley tour with George Streeter the chef - very informative.

The weather was generally good, and the captain gave advance notice of some slightly choppy waters after Stockholm so everyone was prepared.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 8522
Balcony Cabin, with shower over bath and satellite TV, safe and fridge.
Set up as King and beds very comfortable. Spotlessly clean and standard maintained by cabin steward