We decided on this cruise just two months before the sailing as we really needed to get away for a break and warmer weather. The no flying, all inclusive, discounted price and especially Saga's Covid protocols to protect passengers and crew were all factors in this decision.
Pick up and embarkation process faultless. We were picked up on time, taken to the port. Lateral flow tested and PCR tested and allowed to embark with a lateral flow negative test. I believe the PCRs were sent to a laboratory in Southampton and processed before the ship was allowed to sail. The whole process was well organised and slick. We embarked about half an hour after arrival at the port.
On board, Covid protocols were very professional. Mask wearing was required in most areas other than when dining and in the bars and outside on deck. Both the crew and other passengers gave gentle reminders when necessary. Ship was spotless and constantly cleaned - hand gels almost anywhere you could place one. Washing stations at the entrance to restaurants and staff ensured they were used. We were tested three times on board to support requirements in Spain and Portugal. Once again a very slick operation. Also PCR tested on day of demarcation. All organised for us, plus locator forms required for Lisbon and return home all completed for us and sent in advance of our landing/ disembarkation.
Standard cabin extremely well equipped and maintained but bed far too big (at least 7 foot wide) for size of cabin. Wardrobe doors very awkward to use, rail too high for a short person.
Cannot understand why three chairs are put in a cabin for two. They are all in a small area and reducing them to two would create more space. The dressing table chair could always be moved if needed. Small but satisfactory balcony.