We sailed on the beautiful Spirit of Discovery on the 27th of April on the 15 night “Baltic Ensemble” cruise. We were collected from home using Saga‘s marvellous chauffeur service. The vehicle was spotlessly clean and the driver confirmed that he had taken a Covid test that morning and was negative leaving us feeling a little safer. The chauffeur was very attentive and informed us that we could stop at any point for however long we wanted, nothing was too much trouble for him and we arrived at Dover very promptly.
The process of having a lateral flow test and a PCR test done once arriving in Dover was extremely efficient. Once completed we checked in and moved to the waiting area before boarding the ship. We were onboard within approximately one hour of having arrived in Dover which is incredible compared to past experiences with other cruise lines.
Once onboard staff were waiting to take us straight to our cabins. We stayed in a midship suite which was beautifully decorated, spacious and absolutely spotless. The balcony was extremely spacious with two chairs and a table for outside dining if you chose and a larger comfortable chair with foot stool for lounging on those lazy days at sea! The suites are very well-equipped with a separate area with a sofa and table for dining if so required and stocked fridge with your choice of beverage. The bathroom was very spacious with two sinks, bath and separate shower along with beautiful complimentary toiletries which my wife enjoyed. It was nice to have a fresh fruit basket which was replenished throughout the cruise and a personally addressed message on the TV was a nice touch.