Join ‘DCI Banks’ Stephen Tompkinson on Saga Sapphire’s crime-themed cruise.

Join Saga Sapphire for an exploration into the criminal underworld, with guest speakers including actor Stephen Tompkinson, who played the central character in the television drama DCI Banks.

A crime writer is also on board the all-inclusive Sunshine in the Canaries cruise which features a book club to discuss some of the best crime fiction and a film club with screenings of the greatest crime movies.

ITV crime drama DCI Banks ran for five series and Stephen Tompkinson’s talk reveals
the crime-busting fortunes of the tenacious and sometimes grumpy ex-Scotland yard Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, as well as stories behind his roles as Damien Day in Drop the Dead Donkey, Father Peter Clifford in Ballykissangel, Trevor Purvis in Grafters and Danny Trevanion in Wild at Heart.

The 14-night winter sun sailing from Southampton visits four of the Canary Islands plus the ports of Funchal, in Madeira, and Leixoes, for Oporto in Portugal.

Mount Teide is Tenerife’s superstar and Saga guests can opt to go hiking amid the volcano’s dramatic scenery or board a catamaran to look for whales. In keeping with the crime theme, Agatha Christie fans can also visit Puerto de la Cruz where the author completed her novel The Mystery of the Blue Train.

In Santa Cruz, La Palma, guests can discover the lush scenery and Taburiente Crater, one of the largest erosion volcanoes
in the world, while in El Hierro, the smallest and least developed of the Canary Islands, guests can hike through the primeval forest or tour
the mountains for views across
the valley of El Golfo.

Saga Sapphire sails into Arrecife, in Lanzarote, which has an other-worldly landscape of lava mounds, craters and
desolate peaks. There are tours to explore its explosive natural history guests including a
trek through el Cuervo volcano, in Timanfaya National Park.

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14 nights from £2,436 departing from Southampton on November 13, 2018. Price includes UK travel package to and from Dover, all meals and entertainment, table wines at lunch and dinner, house-branded spirits, cocktails, draught beer and lager, all mixers and soft drinks, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues, free wifi, all on-board gratuities, porterage, free shuttle bus to nearest town centre (whenever possible and when the ship is berthed more than 500 yards away), optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount passenger has own insurance.

All excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.

Price based on two people sharing the lowest available Inside cabin grade and includes any relevant booking discount. Fare was correct at the time of sending and is subject to availability and change. Further terms and conditions apply. Please call for details.