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  1. I am quite fussy about yoghurt, but had no complaints about the one on the buffet in either the GDR or the Grill.
  2. I was given a glass of port two or three times in the MDR when I had cheese. The Russian buffet looks marvellous.
  3. Although I would agree that the R ships are older and have small bathrooms, Oceania Marina and Riviera are not that old, and are roughly a similar size, which is why they are a fair comparison to the Saga ship. I thought the SoD is a beautiful ship. I understand the worry that Saga offer a more limited menu, although there was only one evening during our fourteen night cruise when I couldn’t find something that I thought was delicious.
  4. There has been some discussion on another thread on this board about the description of luxury cruising. I was reading this article https://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/articles.cfm?ID=2816 and it defines Azamara and Oceania as “upper premium/luxury lite”. I personally feel that the new Saga ship fits perfectly into this category and wonder what other people think. Having now cruised on the ships from all three, I think that the Spirit of Discovery compares well on several points, particularly the comfort of the lowest grade of cabin.
  5. On the occasions that we had breakfast in the MDR we were always able to have a table for two.
  6. Here are some MDR menus from our cruise to Spain in August. First is for a formal night, then a normal evening, finally a lunch menu.
  7. Yes, I would agree that the food on Oceania is my favourite, so far. Unfortunately, unless the dollar exchange rate improves it seems that both Oceania and Azamara, our previous favourite lines, are becoming too expensive for us. As that is the case, we are delighted to have found that we liked the SoD very much, too, though I hope that one of the Saga ships will do fly cruises in the future, leaving the other one for those who don't want to fly. Lovely to have another option, and one which we enjoyed very much. Thank you again, Cinnamon.
  8. Thank you very much for taking the trouble to write such an interesting and informative blog. We were on board less than a month ago and it was lovely to read about the ship from someone else’s point of view. I suppose my question is.... will you be booking with Saga again (we will, all being well) or returning to Azamara?
  9. Also don’t think people would appreciate the smell of smoke wafting up to the Verandah!
  10. I am sorry to read, Tigrou, that you did not enjoy your cruise. It is always difficult if something does not live up to one’s expectations. I am interested that you felt there was “false advertising “; I had never sailed with Saga before and was attracted by the look of the new ship, which I felt certainly fulfilled its promise. It would be naive to go on a brand new ship in the first few weeks of its service and not to expect some teething problems. I was impressed by the fact that when we filled in a questionnaire half way through our two week cruise, the following day we received a letter with a detailed response the to the three points we raised. It is early days and Saga are obviously doing their best to make everyone happy. It would be a shame if people were put off trying The Spirit of Discovery. Although I am now seventy, I don’t feel that old! I agree that many of the passengers were not in the first flush of youth, but we met many interesting people. We were never attracted to sail with Saga on any of their older boats, but will certainly hope to be on board the new ones again soon.
  11. There was a magician and also a comedian on our two week cruise in August. I felt that the entertainment was varied enough.
  12. I am so sorry; I meant to put the previous post in the thread about The Grill, and can't find any way to move it there. I think your blog is marvellous, Cinnamon, and am enjoying reading about your time on the SofD.
  13. We were on a 14 night cruise and went to each of the speciality restaurants once. Although we mainly had dinner in the MDR, we often had lunch in the Grill. On no occasion did we find a problem choosing something we enjoyed eating in either place. Perhaps the fact that the weather was hot made a difference as we didn’t really want anything too rich or heavy at lunchtime. The Grill never seemed too busy, but we often ate outside on the Verandah. One evening, after a day in Cartagena, they had bought a lot of fish and served a delicious paella.
  14. One of my favourite places to sit. Thoroughly enjoying your blog; thank you very much for doing it. Am now inspired to visit the fjords!
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