The final voyage of Saga Sapphire in 2020 will be a 33-night Grand Finale, the company announced today.
The cruise will leave Southampton on May 6 and return on June 8, 2020, with a final port of call in Gibraltar marking the start of a farewell party for the 720 guests and 415 crew.
Stops on the way will include Valletta, Messina, Alexandria, Israel, the Greek islands, Athens and Istanbul, with chances to visit Bethlehem, dine in the shadow of the pyramids and attend a special event in an underground 4th-century cistern in Istanbul.
The final five cruises – now open for booking – will include the Med, the Baltic and the best of Britain.
The 15-night British Coast to Coast cruise from Dover will visit Newcastle, Belfast and Liverpool, the Orkney and Channel Islands, as well as the Jurassic Coast, with entertainment including a highland feast, talks on the Royal Family, Shakespeare-inspired performances and a Beatles party.
Among the optional tours are a heritage train ride over the Glenfinnan Viaduct and visits to Trinity College, Dublin, and Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh.
The Scandinavian Vistas cruise will feature visits to fishing communities, plus film screenings and talks on the Nordic Noir dramatic style, before the ship’s final traverse of the Kiel Canal to Dover.
Guests can enjoy flamenco and Andalusian cuisine on the 19-night Tastes of Spain and Portugal sailing from Dover, as well as a cookery class in Casablanca, while the ten-night Musical Norway cruise, also from Dover, will feature the nine-mile-long Geirangerfjord, with musical excursions and on-board jazz, and excursions including driving a Porsche 911 on a frozen lake.
Dates and prices:
Scandinavian Vistas, eight nights from £1,377, departs Dover on March 15, 2020.
Tastes of Spain and Portugal, 19 nights from £3,236 departs March 23, 2020.
Musical Norway, ten nights from £1,747, departs Dover on April 11, 2020.
Coast to Coast, British Isles, 15 nights from £2,828 departs Dover April 21, 2020.
Grand Finale cruise, 33 nights from £7,900 departs Southampton on May 6, 2020.