Spirit of Adventure Review

An entertaining trip with an entertaining Captain

Review for the Western Mediterranean Cruise on Spirit of Adventure
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Feb 2024

Although our cruise choices are by no means exclusively with Saga, we chose this cruise as we have enjoyed several cruises with them in the past and this one particularly suited us having recently had a few health issues to cope with. We're never quite convinced that Saga's all-inclusive offering is the value for money they claim it to be but the fact that (nearly) everything is paid for in advance makes it a very easy and indulgent experience. This cruise was from Portsmouth which suits us fine although, paradoxically, being nearer the port meant that we didn't get aboard til quite late and so missed out on lunch!

Adventure had had a pretty bad cruise prior to ours owing to the weather but Captain Kim Tanner was back aboard for this one and proved to be a genial and entertaining host. We also had TV's 'Mr Motivator' aboard. His exercise sessions had a huge following amongst our mainly elderly passengers and he and the Captain and forged a 'love/hate' relationship which was very entertaining. I sometimes wondered if Captain Tanner might be too much of a good thing but when we had a difficult docking in La Gomera, his evident seamanship left us in no doubt of his skills. He rightly has a strong following.

The cruise covered a lot of Atlantic islands together with Morocco, The Gambia and Senegal. The varying temperatures were something that rather affected us but didn't stop us enjoying something in all the ports. One day it did reach 39C which was a bit warm! Generally the weather was good with a surprisingly good passage to our first stop, Cadiz, though it turned against us on the last couple of ports and the journey home.

Cabin Review

The standard balcony cabins are well appointed with everything you could want - and you could ask for it if you wanted anything else (e.g. shower mats). Storage space is adequate - but we always take too many clothes anyway. Oddly, for the third time on a Saga ship, we couldn't get the cabin warm enough on several occasions. When the ship tried to rectify the issue, it was so hot we had to sleep with the balcony door open!

Port Reviews

Agadir

A good included tour visiting a huge fort on the hill with panoramic views, a mosque and the Souk

Banjul

Very hot, busy and dirty. But the people were very friendly and celebrating their Independence Day (from Britain)

Dakar

Very dirty, overwhelming and slightly dangerous. Few folk got off the Shuttle bus!

Porto Grande

Surprisingly pretty, charming and civilised - a first visit for us

Gibraltar

An excellent included tour visiting all the significant parts of the Rock

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