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  1. We haven’t had a 2022 brochure either!
  2. We have been looking at Viking ocean cruises as well. Viking have similar sized ships, to Saga with all balcony cabins. We can usually only manage 2 weeks away, so their fly cruises are of interest, as they enable us to cruise further afield. The price of a 2 week fly cruise in summer 2022 in the cheapest balcony cabin works out at over £400 pppn. This includes flights, gratuities, beer and wine with lunch and dinner, and one included shore excursion in every port (this is usually a walking tour or a panoramic coach tour.) It does not include home transfers or travel insurance. It puts Saga’s prices into perspective. We will wait for a special offer before we book a Viking cruise!
  3. We have bitten the bullet and booked a 2 week cruise on Adventure. We had a deposit left with them plus they gave us 10% credit from a cancelled cruise, so we only had to pay a small deposit. We want to sail on the new ship so hopefully it will happen without incident. We are optimists! We had a general discussion about safety. Saga will ensure protocols in place, as necessary, but not able to say more at this stage. Shared transfers were offered as standard, so Saga is assuming that the threat of the virus will be over by 2022. If this is not the case, they will obviously have to look at it again. We have paid for a private transfer to Southampton, which will cost £35 pp as we are outside of the “free” zone for transfers. We would have done this anyway as it saves the hassle of leaving home at the crack of dawn to collect other passengers, which is what happened to us last time.
  4. I know! These prices are for cabins on D deck, and I was advised that some (but not all) shore excursions are included.
  5. We got a call from Saga yesterday (we pre-registered in March). Prices For 2 people sharing a cabin worked out at approx £250 pppn for a standard cabin, and £300 pppn for a deluxe cabin. This price includes a 35% discount for early bookers!
  6. I agree with you that the itineraries are rather uninspiring - pretty much the same as 2021. I would like to have seen a few more cruises round the UK. The Black Sea cruise on Adventure has an interesting itinerary, but we don’t want to be on a ship for 32 nights! I wish Saga would introduce a few fly cruises. They say that their customers don’t want them, but I think they could easily offer an on-line survey to find out. We are still pondering which cruise to book. We looked at the 17 night Corsica and Sardinia cruise, but there are too many sea days for us. We haven’t been on a Canaries cruise - crossing the Bay of Biscay In winter has put us off up till now! How do you find it?
  7. That’s good news. I presume that the ship will now undertake sea trials.
  8. Wacktle, as our message facility is not working, if you don’t want to post your email address here, I suggest you contact Saga with your Booking ref. for the pre-registration, and ask them to email the PDF to you. I find the live chat facility on Saga’s website is useful, and messages are usually answered in a few minutes.
  9. The PDF of the 2022 schedule was emailed to us yesterday. Did you get your copy? I gather Saga have already started calling people. Hopefully we will get a call soon. The cruises are similar to previous years, and include an 83 night voyage to South America departing 5 January 2022. All the cruises on Spirit of Adventure depart from Southampton, which is handy for us.
  10. Fred’s smallest ship, the Braemar, carries nearly 3 times as many passengers as the Aegean Odyssey did. We last sailed on her in the Caribbean, flying to/from Barbados, and we had 2 very good lecturers on that cruise. It’s still a relatively small ship, with less than 1,000 passengers. If VtoA offer cruises on her, they may have their own bespoke shore tours, which will cut down the queues for disembarkation, coaches etc. It’s a case of wait and see. Noble Caledonia’s ships carry around 100 passengers, so possibly a closer fit to the VtoA experience. As stated in my post above, I have a cruise booked but haven’t yet been on board. Perhaps someone reading this thread is able to offer their first hand experience. I have signed up for the email newsletter from NC, which is delivered to my inbox every weekend, and I find it very informative.
  11. I’m not surprised that Adventure has been delayed again, as I can’t see cruises starting before Christmas. I just wish that Saga would let their clients know what is going on!
  12. Will do. When did you pre-register?
  13. We were due to sail on a Black Sea cruise with VtoA when they cancelled due to engine trouble. We have rebooked a similar itinerary with Noble Caledonia. The company lease small ships (100 pax), and have lecturers and a CD on board. We haven't been on board yet, but our friends have recommended and we value their opinion. We have also sailed with Fred several times - good food and a lovely crew. The quality of their lecturers has varied, but over the last couple of years they have started to employ Arts Society accredited lecturers on some of their cruises, in an attempt to attract clients from the now defunct Swan Hellenic, Voyages of Discovery and VtoA lines. They should be able to advise which cruises via email. Fred's oldest 2 ships, Black Watch and Boudicca, have been replaced by HAL's Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and will join their other 2 ships Braemar and Balmoral. Braemar is small enough to transit the Corinth Canal, and those cruises are hugely popular. One thing we don't like about Fred's cruises is the set dining times. Dinner is at 6.15 or 8.30 pm, but the acquisition of HAL's ships may allow them to offer open dining. (There is also a self service restaurant which is open dining). We also love the small ship experience, and can't wait to get back on board, hopefully in the not too distant future.
  14. Not yet. I did a live chat on the Saga website last week and was advised that they will email a PDF next week, which will include all the cruises from January to December 2022. They will then start phoning people in the order that they pre-registered. We pre-registered in March this year, so it may be a couple of weeks before we get a call.
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