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Saga Cruises’ new 2017 calendar includes four short ex-UK sailings to attract first-time cruise passengers.

Itineraries on board Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl II range from the four-night Southampton to Cherbourg Easter Escape and the six-night May Bank Holiday Getaway, to five-night cruises A French Interlude in August and Continental Christmas Markets in December.

Highlights include overnight calls in Rouen and Falmouth; time to explore pretty St Peter Port in Guernsey; Christmas markets in Germany, Holland and Belgium; and gardens theme with visits to Giverny and the Eden Project.

Prices for the four- to six-night cruises start from £499 and include UK travel to and from the port; accommodation and meals; a choice of wines at lunch and dinner; afternoon tea; 24-hour room service; unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues; wi-fi; all gratuities; onboard entertainment; and optional insurance cover.