MS La Belle de Cadix
Since its refurbishment in 2010, MS La Belle de Cadix has provided excellent onboard facilities and a lively, friendly atmosphere to passengers wishing to experience the Guadiana and Guadalquivir waterways and the Atlantic coast between Spain and Portugal. Designed to navigate both the ocean and rivers, the MS La Belle de Cadix – operated by Croisi Europe – is a popular vessel offered by Saga Holidays.
With three decks worth of accommodation and public areas to enjoy, including the stunning Sun Deck with phenomenal views and the dynamic, elegant lounge area with a dancefloor that begs for a boogie, a river cruise on the MS La Belle de Cadix will have something for everyone.
The maximum capacity of the vessel is 176 passengers; all of whom can enjoy the professional and attentive service of the 25 crew and staff onboard, including the services of a Saga cruise escort, on Saga cruises. Guests tend to be a mix of European and British mature travellers, although other English-speaking nationalities aren’t uncommon.
With port-intensive itineraries, the majority of the guests onboard have a keen interest in local history, culture and heritage, and look forward to broadening their horizons with the range of expert-led excursions and tours available.
The main restaurant is situated on the Main Deck, and dress code is casual or smart casual, depending on the time of day. It can serve everyone in one single sitting, and includes a buffet breakfast service and set menu lunches and dinners. A typical dinner in the dining room could consist of regional dishes such as chicken escalope with Provençal tomato, followed by Catalan cream dessert, as well as international dishes and firm favourites for the less adventurous palate.
On its current Saga itinerary, ‘Gems of Andalusia’, local wines, beers, soft drinks and water are free-flowing with lunch and dinner. The bar is open 12 hours a day, serving complimentary drinks (excluding champagne, branded spirits and premium wines from the wine list). Tea and coffee are also available, free of charge.
Guests can enjoy the dancefloor situated in the Panoramic Lounge on the Middle Deck, or opt instead to relax in the more intimate Panorama Bar and Terrace that overlooks the ship’s stern and can be found on the Upper Deck.
Most guests onboard are content with the low-key entertainment, but will look forward to the Gala dinner and Saga cocktail party that take place on every voyage. Regional entertainment, including a traditional Portuguese evening and Spanish-themed dinners, are often planned.
Relax on the spacious Sun Deck on one of the comfortable deck chairs and soak up the sun while admiring the views, or relax in the lounge reading a book or watching the large TV.
Wi-Fi is available onboard to allow guests to stay in touch with loved ones back home or research their next port destination (fee applicable), and there’s also an onboard library for bookworms.
Onshore excursions are optional but diverse, and can include guided tours of cities, sightseeing trips to national parks and charming towns, and authentic flamenco and equestrian show experiences.
There are 88 cabins onboard, some of which benefit from French balconies. All measure approximately 118 sq. ft. and feature similar amenities including en-suite bathrooms with shower and toilet, double or twin bed configurations, TV with satellite channels, hairdryer, in-room safe and radio.
Main deck staterooms have portholes, while cabins on the Middle Deck have panoramic windows. Rooms on the Upper Deck feature large floor-to-ceiling windows, for the most spectacular views of the Spanish and Portuguese backdrops that this ship sails through.
The MS La Belle de Cadix sails the ‘Gems of Andalusia’ itinerary for Saga, navigating the waterways of Spain and Portugal for eight days. With this voyage, guests can take in some of the history, culture and customs that southern Spain and the Algarve have to offer, from a guided tour of Seville and a morning visit to Faro, to hiking in the breathtaking Donana National Park and exploring the city of Granada.
Optional evening events, including a flamenco show in Cadiz and an equestrian show in a hacienda on the banks of the Guadalquivir, are available, as are post-cruise extensions in the Bay of Cadiz.