Captain Dunlop's Homecoming Cruise

Voyage 23a

Captain Dunlop's Homecoming Cruise

8th - 20th July 2016 / 12 days from £2137

We have asked you what itineraries you would most enjoy if we can arrange it, and you have told us that you would prefer not to have to fly, and sailing around Britain would be ideal, giving you the chance to visit places in the UK you just haven’t been to before. (Amazing isn’t it, most of us have sailed all over the world and yet, have seen so little of our own country!)

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We’ve had long talks with our friends at Saga, and this is what we have managed to come up with: our ship departs from Dover on a 12 night cruise, which is perfect in so many ways, taking us to St. Helier and then around the coast to Barrow-in-Furness, across the Irish sea to Warrenpoint, up to Stornoway and then around the top of the British Isles and down to Newcastle, before heading south to Southwold and then back to Dover.

What we love about this is that it gives us lots of sea time as well as taking us to places we haven’t been to before, including for me, Barrow-in-Furness, which as most of you know, was once home to those great ship building yards of Vickers Armstrong. They built hundreds of ships for the Royal and Merchant Navies. We will do our very best to arrange a special tour for you all, so you can visit the yards as they are today, where they are currently constructing Astute Class submarines.

We will also look at the yards as they were back in the days of Vickers.

I have to own up that as well as Barrow-in-Furness, I haven’t been to Stornoway either, which really is something everyone should do. Neither have I been to Newcastle before! This really interests us because we have just restored a rare old film of Newcastle in its heyday as one of the nation’s great ports, which contains tremendous footage of those old paddle tugs that once used to operate there. Not only will this visit be of great interest, it will also tick another of life’s boxes.

Perhaps the most different and exciting port of call is Southwold, another place I have never been! To tell you the truth, when Saga first suggested this as a port of call, we had to look it up on the map to find out where it is! The more knowledgeable amongst you know it’s in Suffolk, but would you believe, we will be the very first cruise ship ever to call there!

How could this be possible? Well here’s the story: the ship’s master on this voyage will be Captain Dunlop, who just happens to live in Southwold and suggested we stop on the way back to Dover so he could nip ashore and see his family and friends! Well perhaps it’s not quite like that, but it is his home and his suggested port of call. So we’ll be the first cruise ship to call there. How wonderful to see one of the more out-of-the-way parts of our still beautiful country

As Southwold is Captain Dunlop’s home, I believe he has arranged a very special welcome when we arrive. That alone should make this voyage very special; who knows, he might take us all home for a cuppa and some nice local cream cakes!

On this voyage Saga are giving us the ship that so many of you have told us you have sailed on and enjoyed so much, the beautiful Saga Pearl II, which really is the sort of ship most of us dream of being able to sail on. At just 18,500 gross tons she’s small in today’s world, and only carries 449 passengers, which is more like ships of yesteryear and so much nicer than sailing with thousands of passengers.

So what better way for us all to get back together again, to meet old friends, make new ones and to once again appreciate being on a real ship, enjoying days at sea as they were meant to be enjoyed.

P.S: Remember Saga Pearl II is a small ship, so you’ll need to book early to make sure you get the cabin of your choice.


Contact Des or Ulla today on 01273 585391 or 01273 584470.

"The opportunity to sail to my homeport of Southwold fills me with a huge sense of pride … Knowing the townsfolk well, we’re sure to be in for the warmest of welcomes and I for one cannot wait!"
Captain Dunlop

Terrific value with so much included...

Saga cruises always include a great deal in the price, but this one features some additional treats especially for Maritime Memories guests. To begin with, there is a special discount of £150 per person off the current fares.

On board Saga Pearl II, the expert chefs will be recreating dinners based on menus from the great ocean liners of the past. To add to this, Maritime Memories will be arranging special excursions, fascinating talks by guest speakers and screening rare maritime films. There’ll be exclusive Maritime Memories cocktail parties, too! All this is on top of Saga’s fantastic package of inclusions, such as a return door-to-door chauffeur service to Dover, all on-board gratuities, optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, and much more. It all adds up to a terrific value cruise for Maritime Memories!


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July 8. Dover, England. Embark Saga Pearl II.
Depart 1600.

July 10. St Helier, Jersey. . Arrive 0800. Depart 1800. You’ll anchor near Jersey’s capital, St Helier, a bustling seaport guarded by Elizabeth Castle. Perhaps join an excursion to explore the island’s gardens, resplendent with their summer blooms or choose to visit the Jersey War Tunnels.

July 12. Barrow-in-Furness, England. Arrive 0600. Depart 1730. A new port of call for Saga, Barrow-in-Furness once housed one of the world’s largest shipyards and is a convenient gateway to the Lake District. However, there’s plenty to see in the town itself, such as its vast public park based on a design by landscape architect Thomas Mawson.

July 13. Warren Point, Northern Ireland. Arrive 0800. Depart 2000. This small town in County Down was a popular summer resort during the Victorian era. It’s also an excellent base for optional trips into the beautiful Mourne Mountains, historic Armagh and the capital of Belfast.

July 15. Stornoway, Outer Hebrides. Arrive 0800. Depart 1800. Originally a Viking settlement, Stornoway is now a thriving harbour town were you can shop for Hebridean handicrafts and enjoy the bustling atmosphere. Or you can discover more of the Isle of Lewis’s untamed beuty and heritage on a choice of optional excursions.

July 17. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Engalnd. Arrive 0700. Depart 2300. Located on the River Tyne, with its six impressive bridges, the modern city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne has not yet been visited by Saga Pearl II. Its Victorian city centre is home to the Castle Keep, one of Britain’s finest examples of surviving Norman keeps, and in the Grainger Town district you’ll find many quirky boutiques and galleries.

July 19. Southwold, England. Arrive 0800. Depart 1900. A warm welcome awaits at Captain Dunlop’s home port of Southwold, which has never been visited by any cruise ships before. This charming town on Suffolk’s Heritage Coast has a bustling harbour and a wonderful pier with some eccentric attractions.

July 20. Dover, England. Arrive 0800. Disembark Saga Pearl II after breakfast.


Contact Des or Ulla today on 01273 585391 or 01273 584470.