Amsterdam in September

Saga Spirit of Discovery Summer Soirées Mini Cruise – 1st September 2019

2019 is an exciting year for Saga as it takes delivery of it's spanking new cruise ship, Spirit of Discovery.

It looks really swish, and on this taster cruise, you can be amongst the first to sail on this new ship.

About this cruise

While September can often be the dawn of miserable Autumnal weather, this mini cruise is tagged right onto the beginning of the month. Fingers crossed for some glorious sunshine from August to stick around.

Your adventure will start in Dover  on Sunday 1st September where you'll excitedly board the shiny new Spirit of Discovery. Purpose-built for Saga's clientele, the ship will incorporate design cues, cuisine, and hospitality that you'd normally find in the world's finest boutique hotels. Each cabin has its own private balcony so you'll be able to watch sail-ins and sail-outs from the comfort of your well-appointed room.

There's no sea-days on this itinerary so it is an intensive line-up. You'll sail each night and awake in a new destination each morning. Be sure to spend enough time exploring the ship - if you are like me, you'll still discover new areas on day four of the cruise!

Monday's call is Ijmuiden, a gateway port to Amsterdam. Join an optional shore excursion or head off on your own to explore famous sights such as Anne Frank's House, the Van Gogh museum, or the Rijksmuseum. Alternatively, head to Haarlem  for something a little different.

You'll sail overnight to Germany two rocky islands 29 miles off the German coast. Welcome to Heligoland, a former naval base during both World Wars. This is a tender port, so you'll be ferried between Spirit of Discovery and the island on small tender boats.

By Wednesday morning you'll arrive in Belgium, at the port of Zeebrugge. This is the gateway port to Bruges. Join an optional excursion or make your own way by bus, taxi, or tram-and-train and explore the small Medieval city. It's picture-perfect and is awash with marvellous architecture, a range of boutiques, museums and churches, as well as plenty of chocolate shops.

On Thursday morning your adventure draws to a close back in Dover.

(Photo credit to Therealvalox)

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The Route

The itinerary for this mini cruise is:

1Sunday 1st September 2019Dover5pm
2Monday 2nd September 2019Ijmuiden (for Amsterdam)8am to 5pm
3Tuesday 3rd September 2019Heligoland8am to 3pm
4Wednesday 4th September 2019Zeebrugge (for Bruges)9am to 9pm
5Thursday 5th September 2019Dover8am

Why choose this taster cruise?

  • 4 nights on Saga Cruises' brand new ship, Spirit of Discovery
  • Voyage SD006 departs on Sunday 1st September 2019
  • Sail round-trip from Dover
  • Spend a day each in Ijmuiden, Heligoland, and Zeebrugge

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So you know, the map above shows point-to-point lines which may cross land. Don't worry, your cruise ship will not sprout legs and run across dry land. Instead it's water all the way! Mapping is approximate, and the scheduled times are estimates. Your trip is subject to change as, occasionally, operators have to alter itineraries due to bad weather or unforeseen events.

The Price


On Wednesday 6th February 2019, I found a starting price from £1,123 per person based on two sharing the cheapest cabin (usually this is an inside cabin). 8 days prior it started from £1,102 per person, a hike of £21 per person.


What's that per night?

Want to compare this short break to a hotel stay? A starting price of 'from £1,123 per person' equates to 'from £280.75 per person per night'.

Here's a trend line showing the movement of the lead-in price for this cruise. I aim to check prices daily and this graph shows only those readings. I love geeky stuff like this and thought it might be handy when planning when to book your next cruise.

In my last 11 checks, the cheapest I have seen this cruise start at is from £867 per person, and the highest I've seen it go is from £1,123 per person.


Are there any extras?

This price normally includes some meals but excludes drinks, gratuities, optional shore excursions, and any applicable flights and transfers (if needed and if excluded). If you want a cabin or suite with a view, these come at a premium (if available).

Cruise prices are based on supply and demand so the more spare cabins there are closer to the sail date, the cheaper the prices often become. After all, no cruise line likes sailing with empty cabins and this cruise sails in 6 months.

I regularly check for price changes by hand, but as they can occur rapidly, please use the link below to get the latest prices.

Remember, prices were correct when I last checked, but may have since changed. Prices are usually based on two adults sharing the cheapest available cabin.

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