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The cruise ship Saga Pearl II (formerly Astoria and Quest for Adventure) has been operating for more than 28 years, making cruises world wide. The vessel has a near (but bigger) sister-ship Astor. Both ships were operated by Transocean Tours. In August 2009, Saga Cruises made a successful bid for the ship at auction. The ship was renamed Saga Pearl II and embarked on her first cruise in March 2010. She was renamed as Quest for Adventure in May 2012, and then back to Saga Pearl II in November 2013.

Atmosphere on board

Saga Holidays, the Britain-based two-ship line that caters to the over-50 set, purchased the 18,591-tonne, 446-passenger Astoria at an auction in August 2009. The ship, renamed Saga Pearl II, was bought as a replacement for Saga Rose, the classic vessel that's slated to retire in December 2009.

Saga Pearl II debuted in March 2010.

Saga Holidays had long intended to add Astoria to its fleet, first as part of its Spirit of Adventure sub-brand, and then as a replacement for the 1965-built Saga Rose. The line was actually scheduled to take ownership of Astoria earlier in 2009, when the ship's owners went into receivership (i.e., went bust), and the deal fell through.

The 1981-build Astoria underwent a £14 million pound refurbishment before being reborn as Saga Pearl II. Upgrades include:

Addition of new balcony cabins

Upgrades to the show lounge

Makeover of the spa and two swimming pools

Creation of a library and a new Veranda Restaurant

The ship features 126 twin cabins, 42 double cabins and 25 twin or king-size cabins. Twenty cabins have balconies, while nine cabins have French balconies. A great selling point for solo travellers: Saga Pearl II has a whopping 60 single cabins -- that's almost 25 percent of the total number of cabins (253)!

The ship reflects Saga's trademark style and ambience with traditions such as afternoon tea, ballroom dancing and cabaret-style entertainment. It's staffed by officers and crew from Saga Rose.

On the itinerary front, the ship maintains a residency in Dover and Southampton, offering cruises of 7 to 24 nights to the Canaries, Mediterranean and Baltic.

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Fitness And Spa

Open deck space is average with an outdoor pool but there is no wrap around promenade deck or walking track. The Spa, located low down in the ship, has a shallow indoor pool, sauna, three massage rooms and a range of fitness equipment.

Food & Dining

Fine dining is one of the time-honoured traditions of cruising and our team of chefs ensure all meals are cooked to perfection and impeccably served.


Enjoy breakfast in bed using our 24-hour room service

Partake in a leisurely breakfast in the Dining Room

Choose from the freshly prepared breakfast in the Verandah restaurant


Waiter-served lunch is served in the Verandah restaurant

Waiter-served lunch is served in the Dining Room

Afternoon Tea is served in the Discovery Lounge, with beautifully crafted cakes and sugar sculptures.


Choose a lighter dinner in the Verandah

Enjoy a more formal dining experience with waiter service in the Dining Room

Each evening meal is served at one leisurely sitting between 7pm and 9pm so there is no rush to finish your dinner.


A variety of entertainment and lectures are provided in the Discovery Lounge. The Yacht Club has a resident pianist and the Library is well stocked and has internet.

Fellow Passengers


All tips (including porterage at airport and port) are within the price.

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