Saga Travel launches 2023 river cruise schedule with new & included benefits - Cruise International

Saga Travel launches 2023 river cruise schedule with new & included benefits

By Claire Benktander | 3 May 2022

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Spirit of the Danube

As part of its 2023 river cruise itineraries released today for Saga’s new ships Spirit of the Rhine and Spirit of the Danube, the travel specialist has also announced that both ships will become all-inclusive from the 2023 season.

Saga’s 2023 river cruise itineraries for brand-new Spirit of the Danube and Spirit of the Rhine issued today and new benefits introduced to mirror Saga’s ocean cruise experience include:

  • Both ‘Spirit’ river ships operating as all-inclusive from 2023
  • Up to 25% off when booked early (discount included in the pricing below)
  • The introduction of back-to-back cruises with an extra 10 per cent off
  • Dedicated solo traveller cabins allocated on every cruise
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Spirit of the Rhine. Credit: Saga

All meals and drinks will now be covered including in the intimate, speciality restaurants. The change comes as part of a range of updates that will align the customer experience more closely to that of Saga’s ocean cruise proposition.

Other new benefits also include the option to book back-to-back cruises, which will be clearly marketed as such and guests selecting them will receive a further ten per cent off their booking. This is in addition to the introduction of a simpler pricing model that means early bookers are rewarded with discounts of up to 25% off the full price.

If, for any reason, the price should be reduced after a guest books, Saga will automatically give them the difference back as part of its price promise.

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Spirit of the Rhine. Credit: Saga

Each cruise will also guarantee a proportion of dedicated cabins for solo travellers, although travellers should book early to secure them as they are always very popular.

Other already excellent inclusions remain in place such as the complimentary door-to-door chauffeur service, travel insurance with up to £5m covid-cover, at least three sight-seeing excursions on all seven-night cruises and up to eight included on longer cruises and gratuities.

Guests can also feel reassured that everyone on board is required to have both vaccines and a booster and Covid-safe protocols continue to be observed.

Nigel Blanks, CEO of Saga Cruises, said: “We know our guests want an exceptional experience and real value for money so the ‘Spirit’ river cruises will move to all-inclusive from 2023, and we’re introducing back-to-back itineraries with 10% off and discounts starting from 25% off in response to their feedback. These are in addition to the complimentary chauffeur service, travel insurance and a range of included excursions we already offer.

“We’ve got a lovely line-up of itineraries too, with plenty of new cruise options on-board the brand-new Spirit of the Danube and Spirit of the Rhine along with some firm favourites.

“All of this is in addition to an exciting line-up of cruises with itineraries ranging from between seven and 16-nights across the two brand-new ‘Spirit’ ships, which only had their official naming ceremony last month.”

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Spirit of the Danube and Spirit of the Rhine. Credit: Saga

Spirit of the Rhine and Spirit of the Danube build on Saga’s boutique design philosophy of its ocean-going vessels, Spirit of Adventure and Spirit of Discovery, and offer a luxury cruise experience for customers on Europe’s famous riverways.

With designs inspired by the nature and culture found along the iconic waterways, both ships have been built with guests central to their design.

Saga will also be introducing four new owned river ships between 2023 and 2026 (one per year), capitalising on the growing popularity of river cruising.

New Saga 2023 cruises

The Golden Age of Art on the Rhine

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Spirit of the Rhine. Credit: Saga

Guests will cruise the Dutch waterways stopping to view iconic artwork in the world-renowned galleries of Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague. Joined on board by famous art-dealer and Antiques Roadshow star, Rupert Maas. Seven nights on board Spirit of the Rhine, departing May 8, 2023 starts from £1,241 per person.

Autumn Colours of the Danube

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Budapest, Autumn Colours of the Danube 2023 river cruise. Credit: Saga

A beautiful ten-night journey on Spirit of the Danube taking in the seasonal scenery along the famous river, with stops in Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna. Prices start from £1,574 per person, departing on November 11, 2023.

Art on the Danube

Takes in Budapest’s Hungarian National Gallery, the Danubiana Meulensteen Museum, Bratislava’s City Gallery and a plethora of galleries in Vienna. The eight-night art-themed river cruise departs on October 27, 2023 on Spirit of the Danube with prices starting from £1,499 per person.

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Netherlands, Flowers on Parade 2023 river cruise. Credit: Saga

These join firm favourites including Flowers on Parade with Charlie Dimmock, a popular seven-night cruise on Spirit of the Rhine that travels through Antwerp, Utrecht and Zaandam visiting the 17th annual Floralia Brussels flower show, Utrecht botanical gardens, Keukenhof, Haarlem annual flower parade and finishing with a tour of Amsterdam. The cruise departs on April 17, 2023 and prices start from £1,649 per person.

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Charlie Dimmock, Flowers on Parade 2023 river cruise. Credit: Saga

Another ever-popular voyage is Gilbert & Sullivan on the Rhine on Spirit of the Rhine starts in Amsterdam with either a culinary walking tour or coach and canal excursion before heading to Cologne for an included city tour, Koblenz, Bingen, Boppard and Andernach, including an optional tour to visit Europe’s largest cold-water geyser. This seven-night river cruise starts from £1,274 per person and departs on November 13, 2023.

To book guests can visit saga.co.uk or call 0808 258 2031.

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