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5 Saga Cruises for the Disabled Cruise Reviews

We had saved for 2 years for this cruise to celebrate our 35th wedding .Two days before Saga wrote to us to advise the ship had the virus on board so they were doing a deep clean and therefore the cruise was to be delayed by 6 hours.When ... Read More
We had saved for 2 years for this cruise to celebrate our 35th wedding .Two days before Saga wrote to us to advise the ship had the virus on board so they were doing a deep clean and therefore the cruise was to be delayed by 6 hours.When we got on board they appeared to be taking things very seriously over cleanlious but this was acceptable.We then found that there were no books in the library.no hydro pool ,no deck pool ,no crafts, and the entertainment disrupted.Guest speakers were cancelled at the last minute and virtually every public toilet was closed.We found that this was the fourth cruise in a row that the virus had been on.Virtually straight away the virus appeared again which meant the restrictions became even tighter.Washing hands before eating in the Grill being supervised by staff and hand sanitisation being done time and time again between courses.As the numbers increased the fear of getting the virus increased so 80 percent of the cruise was spent in the cabin.We regularly saw crew members in gowns and masks.During the cruise it was announced that the cruise would be cut short by 1 day and the overnight stay in Madeira where there was no Corona Virus .Instead they still went into Spain where the Coronavirus had taken off and still sent coach trips out.When we got back they only agreed to compensate for ! day lost and nothing else.They also cancelled every further cruise until May with full refunds.The staff were incredible keeping their good humour at all time.However we never saw any officers until the last day at sea.There was no captains cocktails.On the face of it the boat looked impressive but with co much plastic in the construction creaked and groaned all night.The saving grace was that all the cabins had balconies.Nearly all the seating in the public areas were for show not comfort, far too long in the seat and no back.Not enough cushions.We feel that the cruise was total disaster from start to finish.Saga should have canceled the cruise.They gave us insufficient warning which gave vunerarable elderly passengers no chance to check with their doctors that travel in these circumstances was ok.We will never go with Saga again and as my car insurance was due I have refused to renew that again.Having set off Saga should now be compensating passengers for the lack of amenities Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We managed to get the last accessible cabin on this sailing. Even if you use a small foldable wheelchair, as I do, Saga insist that you have an accessible cabin (elf and safety), and there aren’t many. Chauffeured car to Dover was ... Read More
We managed to get the last accessible cabin on this sailing. Even if you use a small foldable wheelchair, as I do, Saga insist that you have an accessible cabin (elf and safety), and there aren’t many. Chauffeured car to Dover was easy, with a short comfort stop on the way. Our cabin was lovely and comfortable, but with limited storage space. We could have done with a larger dressing table and more drawers; more space for toiletries in the wet room and a grab rail by the basin, but these were minor niggles. We were impressed with the technology in the cabin. Automatic entrance door to the cabin, small reading light and usb plugs by the bed, push button for ‘make up room’ and ‘do not disturb’ and lots of three pin plugs, best of all was the dimmed light around the bathroom mirror, very useful for trips to the bathroom in the night. The huge bed was one of the most comfortable that I have slept in, the pillows were soft and squishy and the towels huge. Lots of extras such as tea and coffee making with a carton of milk in the fridge; two large glass carafes of water, renewed daily, about fifty proper hangars in the wardrobe, not those silly things you have to unhook before using, large glass quality toiletries in bathroom, shampoo, shower gel, conditioner and hand wash, bathrobes, slippers, a rug which many people used on deck when it was chilly. There was also a shoe horn and pair of binoculars in the wardrobe. A safe was in our cupboard along with the fridge. We mostly ate in the Grand dining room, where the food was very good and excellent quality. We had difficulty booking the speciality restaurants, but managed to eat in the Club one evening. Steak was beautifully tender. Don’t know why, but we were invited to dine one evening with the Hotel Manager, Jan, sorry don’t know his surname. Had a very pleasant evening with three other guests. Had lunch one day on veranda, tasty fish in tempura batter and chips. Wine was available at lunch and dinner (we weren’t all inclusive), a limited selection, but very acceptable and constant top ups. The drinks were reasonably priced, cheaper than our local pub. There was plenty of entertainment, both during the day and in the evening, not all to our taste, but we did enjoy the Egyptian sisters and their musical prowess and a song and dance show. Our favourite however was Stuart Anderson, who played the guitar and keyboard. He seemed to cover most genres of popular music and had a unique sense of humour. The staff in general were friendly and helpful. A mention for the lovely young Carlo in the South Cape Bar who always brought me a cup of milk at the end of our evening and Hilary, think she was the Guest Relations officer was always friendly and had time to chat to most passengers. The Captain held a couple of relaxed question and answer sessions, he was seen regularly around the ship and the pastor was also readily available for those who needed him. The ship was always clean and tidy with classy decor and artwork. Lifts were fast and rarely crowded. Our fellow passengers were, in the main, friendly and polite. You always get one or two moaners. No pushing, shoving, seat hogging or drunkenness on this ship. We had three stops, Bergen, where we used a ship’s tour encompassing the main sights and a trip on the fununcular where the views were fantastic at the top. Geiranger, which was an easy tender port, even with my wheelchair. We took another ship’s tour driving up into the mountains, again spectacular views then on to a little wooden church for a music recital. The Captain paused the ship for about an hour in Geiranger fjord and turned it slowly 360 degrees so everyone had a chance to take photos of the seven sisters waterfall (there were only two because of the time of year, but it was still very impressive). In Stavanger we just wandered round on our own, looking at the pretty wooden houses and a lake with water birds and a fountain in the middle. We couldn’t go to the old town as the streets were too steep and cobbled for my wheelchair. In the afternoon I had a nap while my partner went back into town and found the Oil Museum, which he said was interesting. To sum up this was a ship that oozed quality with staff to match. So much so that we have booked the new Spirit of Adventure fo 2021 to the Canaries. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Just completed the cruises in search of the Northern Lights. Embarkation was very slick and easy, having been picked up from home and transported to Dover by a very efficient and professional driver. A great added bonus with Saga. Cabin ... Read More
Just completed the cruises in search of the Northern Lights. Embarkation was very slick and easy, having been picked up from home and transported to Dover by a very efficient and professional driver. A great added bonus with Saga. Cabin was large, (inside deck 7) bigger than the normal cruise liners we have sailed on like HAL, RCL etc. Decor not quiet up to a brand new cruise ship but plenty of space for hanging clothes and draws . Shower and toilet efficient and clean if a little smaller than the top cruise liners. Dining and entertainment were superb. Top quality, attentive and pleasant staff and all inclusive in restaurants and drinks. The Sapphire was above the mainstream cruise liners and just below the six star Silverseas, Seabourn, Viking cruises which we have done. Value for money, quality, ambiance and enjoyment made for a memorable cruise. Not the last time we will sail with Saga, who have two new ships coming into service. Do not let Saga’s reputation for catering for the very old put you off, this is not true. Whilst it is for the over 50’s the age profile was no different to those other lines like Silverseas, Seabourn, Viking. It did cater very well for those with mobility issues, but I have seen many more mobility scoooters on Caribbean cruises. Lots of people got up dancing to great dance music in both the main Britannia lounge and the Drawing Room. Sunday lunchtime was just fabulous. Lunchtime jazz in the drawing room followed by transitional sunday lunch in the main dining room. Just idyllic. Entertainment was outstanding. Great lectures by Gary Fildes on the Northern Lights and astronomy in general. Had 700 pax enthralled. The cruise was well worth the money just to listen to him speak. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Recently returned from Baltic Capitals cruise on board Saga Sapphire which was our first experience with Saga. Everything from being collected at the door to returning home was extremely well organised and went smoothly. The cabin on deck ... Read More
Recently returned from Baltic Capitals cruise on board Saga Sapphire which was our first experience with Saga. Everything from being collected at the door to returning home was extremely well organised and went smoothly. The cabin on deck 10 which was adapted as I am a wheelchair user was a good size with a large wet room and balcony, ideal! The food, and there is plenty of variation, was excellent and always served with a smile. Entertainment was in the main of a high standard and there were plenty of activities on board. Shore excursions are not cheap but are well organised, but there are shuttle buses in the ports that are for the passengers who wish to adventure on their own.Saga Sapphire is a lovely ship with a very happy helpful crew who make sure your cruise is a happy one. All in all a wonderful experience and looking forward to our next cruise on Sapphire. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose this cruise because it sailed round the u.k. without stopping which suited our purpose because my wife has severe walking problems. The embarkation was superbly handled, the cabin was large, comfortable and clean, the food on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it sailed round the u.k. without stopping which suited our purpose because my wife has severe walking problems. The embarkation was superbly handled, the cabin was large, comfortable and clean, the food on board was superb and the staff and crew could not have been more helpful. Unfortunately, our cabin was on the wrong side of the vessel for sightseeing so had to go on deck for all viewing which, due to the somewhat misty weather at some ports was not the greatest for viewing. This, of course, was nothing to Saga's detriment. We had early morning tea delivered to the cabin, and were invited to the captain's table on the second night. The only drawback was disembarkation at Dover which resulted in us having to wait 3-1/2 hours before a chair could be found for my wife, this was all ordered at the time of booking but, unlike embarkation when people arrived in dribs and drabs, everyone was disembarking at the same time in Dover. Having said this we are booking another cruise next year and have asked for the same cabin. must say one final word which is about a crew member named Jemma who could not have been more helpful and was always cheerful and ready to assist when required. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
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