Win! A dream trip on a Norway and Arctic Circle cruise

If you’ve ever dreamed of marvelling at the Northern Lights, this is the prize for you.

This competition is now closed. Thanks to all who entered.

If you’ve got a hankering for watching the night sky burst and crackle with lights, glimmering and shimmering as you watch your breath steam into the night air, then hurry and enter Exceptional’s first travel competition.

The winner will have the chance to bring a travelling companion on board the Spirit of Adventure, Saga’s boutique cruise ship, on the Arctic Norway and the Northern Lights 15-night cruise.

An image of the Northern Lights over a night skyCredit: Photo by Lightscape on Unsplash
Win a chance to see this mesmerising scene first hand.

The cruise included your own balcony cabin with a chance to spend an extended time in Tromso – designed to increase your chances of seeing this famous celestial light show.

Most people will be familiar with the Northern Lights, but what actually are they? They’ve had significance in a great number of religions over the years, but now are simply marvelled at for the natural marvel they are.

Created by a stream of high-energy sun particles interacting with the Earth’s atmosphere, the Aurora Borealis is an experience that most of us will have been desperate to see all their lives.

Why not do it on a boutique cruise ship, where all food, drink and entertainment is already paid for? And a driver will come and pick you up from your house before whisking you onboard the trip of a lifetime?


What’s included in the prize?

  • Smart travel: enjoy a chauffeur service – up to 250 miles each way – to and from Portsmouth
  • All inclusive: all meals and drinks on board including a choice of wines at lunch and dinner and beers, house wines, spirits (including premium spirits), cocktails and soft drinks in any of the ship’s bars
  • Four sightseeing excursions (subject to availability)
  • Travel insurance (conditions apply)
  • Afternoon teas
  • All gratuities
  • 24-hour room service
  • Wi-Fi
  • Gym, sauna and exercise classes
  • Porterage of luggage.

Terms and conditions

  1. The prize draw is open to all UK residents aged 18 years or over, except employees of the Promoter (see condition 20), their families, agents or any third party directly associated with administration of the prize draw. In entering the competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and understand the eligibility requirements for the prize (see conditions 7, 8, 9 and 12 below).
  2. The prize draw is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.
  3. All entries must be submitted via and only one entry per household is permitted.
  4. The opening date for entries is 12.00am on Tuesday 24th January, 2023. The closing date of the prize draw is 11.59pm on Tuesday 14th February, 2023. Entries received after this time will not be accepted.
  5. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries not successfully completed or submitted, regardless of cause, including, for example, as a result of any equipment failure, technical fault, technical malfunction, systems, satellite, network, server, computer hardware or software failure, of any kind.
  6. A winner will be chosen by random draw from all qualifying entries, performed by a computer process on Wednesday, 15th February, 2023 (“Draw Date”).
  7. The winner will receive an all-inclusive cruise for two people aboard Saga Cruises’ ‘Arctic Norway and the Northern Lights’ cruise from Portsmouth. The lead passenger must be aged 50 or over and their travel companion must be aged 40 or over. The prize includes:
    • one standard twin or double balcony cabin;
    • all meals and drinks on board;
    • four excursions (subject to availability);
    • chauffeur driven service up to 250 miles each way to and from Portsmouth (UK mainland only);
    • all on board gratuities; and
    • travel insurance (subject to condition 8 below).
  8. Travel insurance is underwritten by Astrenska Insurance Limited which provides up to £5m emergency and repatriation cover for a variety of medical conditions including coronavirus. Further details about Saga’s travel insurance are available at: Please note that cover is subject to medical screening questions that Saga will ask the lead passenger about themselves and their companion prior to confirming the booking. The lead passenger must have their companion’s permission to disclose any information to Saga. If cover cannot be provided, the lead passenger and their travelling companion will still be able to travel provided they arrange, at their own cost, their own travel insurance and provide Saga with satisfactory evidence that they are adequately covered. If travel insurance cannot be obtained, the winner may transfer their prize to a friend or family member (see condition 12). Please note, the lead passenger and their companion must be covered by either Saga’s included travel insurance or their own travel insurance in order to travel.
  9. The prize is subject to Saga Cruises Limited’s booking conditions. The lead passenger and their companion must be available to travel, hold valid passports, any necessary visas and travel documents and have complied with any vaccination requirements (including against COVID-19) for the cruise in question, on the travel dates specified.
  10. The prize is supplied by Saga Cruises Limited, Enbrook Park, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3SE. The Promoter reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if circumstances beyond the Promoter’s control make it necessary to do so.
  11. The winner will be notified by email or telephone (using details provided at entry) by Friday 17th February 2023 and must provide a postal address to claim their prize. If a winner does not respond to the Promoter within 7 days of being notified by the Promoter, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and the Promoter will be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above.
  12. The prize is non-exchangeable, no cash alternative is offered, and it cannot be transferred to an alternative sailing date or otherwise amended. If the winner and their companion are unable to travel on the relevant sailing dates for any reason (including, for example, as a result of not being able to arrange adequate travel insurance if Saga’s included travel insurance is declined by the insurer), the winner may transfer the prize to a friend or relative on the same terms as set out in these conditions and subject to Saga Cruises Limited’s booking conditions.
  13. The decision of the Promoter regarding any aspect of the prize draw is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into about it.
  14. The Promoter must either publish or make available information that indicates that a valid award took place. To comply with this obligation the Promoter will send the surname and county of major prize winners and, if applicable copies of their winning entries, to anyone who emails or writes to Saga Magazine Editor, Enbrook Park, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3SE (enclosing a self-addressed envelope) within one month after the Draw Date. If you object to any or all of your surname, county and winning entry being published or made available, please contact the Promoter. In such circumstances, the Promoter must still provide the information and winning entry to the Advertising Standards Authority on request.
  15. Participants are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon entry. The Promoter reserves the right to refuse entry or refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of these terms and conditions.
  16. The Promoter reserves the right to hold void, cancel, suspend, or amend the promotion where it becomes necessary to do so.
  17. Insofar as is permitted by law, the Promoter, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of the Promoter, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Statutory rights are not affected.
  18. Personal data supplied during the course of this promotion will only be processed as set out in the Promotor’s Privacy policy and in accordance with the permissions granted or withheld at the time of entry, for the administration of this prize draw and for fulfilment of the prize. See also condition 14 with regard to the announcement of winners.
  19. The prize draw will be governed by English law and entrants to the prize draw submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
  20. The Promoter of this prize draw is Saga Publishing Limited of Enbrook Park, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3SE.
Gareth Beavis

Written by Gareth Beavis he/him


Gareth is Saga Exceptional’s Chief Content Officer, overseeing all the prose, pictures and video that appear on the website.

He was previously Global Editor in Chief of TechRadar, one of the world’s largest and most prominent technology websites, and has appeared as a technology and fitness expert on the TV and radio for the BBC, ITV, Al Jazeera, Sky and many other outlets, as well as chairing panels on the world’s new and exciting tech.

A veteran journalist with a career spanning three decades, Gareth has reviewed every iPhone (bar the very first) and Apple Watch launched, as well as reviewing hundreds of other smartphones and fitness gadgets.

His high point was getting to travel the globe to new and exciting product launches, getting to see the latest tech before anyone else and being able to run in some of the most beautiful places on the planet; the low point being stuck in an office for hours because his ‘smart socks’ wouldn’t charge.

A ‘dedicated’ (read: obsessed) runner, Gareth has run over 16,500 miles, been lost in Indonesian jungles and has competed in hundreds of races. He has just completed his tenth marathon and is already contemplating the 11th… but this time, he knows he has to do the strength training and stretching required if he doesn’t want his running career curtailed.

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