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Overview...........................................................Page One

Pools, Spa, and Outdoor Facilities....................
Page Two

Shops and Other Public Areas...........................Page Three

Bars, Lounges, Nighttime Entertainment.............Page Four

Dining.................................................................Page Five

Accommodations................................................Page Six

Exterior Photos...................................................Profile Page
SAGA PEARL II
TOUR AND
COMMENTARY
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           This ship was built in Germany for  Hadag Cruise Line.  However,
she was soon sold to the South African Marine Corporation of Cape
Town.   That company employed her making cruises between South Africa
and Southampton, England.  However, when it was determined that her
engines were not powerful enough to maintain the liner schedule, she was
sold to VEB Deufracht Seereederie of Germany.
      Her new owner had her refitted and she was chartered on a long term
basis to Transocean Tours in 2002.  This company had her doing low-cost
Norwegian and Baltic cruises for the German-speaking market.
In late 2008, the ship was laid–up in Barcelona, Spain and subsequently
towed to Gibraltar.
      Around this point, Saga became interested in purchasing the ship.  
However, its desire to do so was thwarted reportedly by legal
complications arising out of some financial problems the ship’s owner was
experiencing.  Finally, in August 2009, the ship was released for sale and
Saga made a successful bid for her.
       Saga had the ship towed to Swansea in Wales where she underwent a
25 million pound renovation.  This included overhauling the main and
auxiliary engines, her electrical and automation systems, hull coatings,
pipes and steel work.  In addition, the public areas and the staterooms
were gutted and entirely re-done.
      The ship re-entered service as Saga Pearl II in March 2010.
      Saga Pearl II is decorated in a restrained, contemporary style.  There
is no glitz and nothing is over the top.  Instead, it is understated good
taste.    
      Amongst other things, Saga decided to reduce the passenger capacity
significantly (from 618 to 446) when it renovated the ship.  This makes for
a better passenger-to-crew- ratio and a better passenger space ratio, which
translates into better service and more room for each passenger.
       Saga Pearl II is adults-only.  Moreover, passengers must be at least
50 years old, although exceptions are made for care givers traveling with a
passenger who does meet the age requirement.  
      In many ways, this is a more-traditional cruise experience.  For
example, outdoor activities are quoits and deck tennis rather than surfing
simulators and water slides.  Yet, there are elements of the new as well.  
The open-seating dinner allows passengers to dine when they wish and
with whom they wish just as the flexible dining options introduced recently
on other cruise ships do.
      At the same time, Saga includes many things in the fare that other lines
charge for separately.  Onboard gratuities, insurance, cancellation
protection, fruit and water in the cabin and taxes are included.  Also,
within certain geographic limits, the line provides chauffeured car service
from the passenger’s home to the port of departure.
      This ship attracts primarily British passengers and accordingly the
cruise experience is geared toward British tastes and lifestyle.
      Saga Pearl II has a quite varied schedule.  She cruises from the U.K. to
the Baltic, Norway, the Mediterranean, Iberia, the Canary Islands and to
Iceland.  However, she also cruises the Caribbean and South America.  
 
Above: Although not officially
designated as the lobby, a  large
sculpture marks the center of the ship on
Deck A,

Below: The public areas of the ship are
decorated in a restrained contemporary
style.
Above:  The Reception Desk and the Tours Office.
Left:
The Future Cruise Desk.  
Saga Pearl II has an unobtrusive art collection including pieces from
cultures around the globe.  The pieces do not call attention to themselves but
rather are placed discreetly around the public rooms.
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CAPTAIN INTERVIEW
Behind the scenes - - Left:  Saga Pearl's bridge.  
Above: Duplicate controls are located on each of the
ship's
bridge wings so that the officers will have a
better view when docking the ship.
Captain David Warden-Owen