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Title: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 06, 2013, 10:48 PM
Pete Cain has started to send us a report and pictures of Saga Ruby, and bit by bit, I shall be posting them to this topic. To start it off, here are some pictures of a book warmly recommended by Pete :

The Story of Saga Rose and Saga Ruby, The last Norwegian America Liners, by Anders Johannessen (2009).

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The Story of Saga Rose and Saga Ruby (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11874397836/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

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The Story of Saga Rose and Saga Ruby (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11874390586/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

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The Story of Saga Rose and Saga Ruby (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11873816323/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 06, 2013, 11:22 PM
Pete writes :

I thought I'd better get round to giving my update on Ruby, whilst she's still in service & I can quote in the present.   I really haven't a clue as to how to approach this, have thought long & hard so it might come across as rambling (but hey what's new in that from me) however, she's soon to be gone & that really hurts.

So : folk say that SAGA are an expensive crowd to do a cruise with, myself & my wife along with a (few) others were relatively young compared with the general age group that can be expected on a Saga cruise. From what I can remember on QE2, she had a considerable compliment of 'older folk', however when all  the add-ons are taken into account, Saga are really quite competitive for us older types. Not an advert here for Saga because this was our last cruise, & we wanted to go out with the last of  the 'classic old ladies',   sorry to say, the likes of Vikki, having tried her & her contemporaries etc. aren't for us. We really thought that our sea days were over after QE2 (and to a certain degree they were) until we found Saga & their Ruby, wish we'd had the chance to be with Rose!

So, thinking on the hoof, I'll do it as a belated blog, we travelled down from Cumbria to Dover to meet Ruby & were more than pleased with the efficient rail service to get us there in a little over 6 hrs (some boring middle class farts couldn't help but tell us that ''we left home after morning coffee, don't you know") but more of that later.

First image, looking out through the windows of the magnificent ex (Southern, Golden Arrow) railway terminus at Ruby's port bow, then up to her port bridge areas (sorry for camera reflections in the window, but you don't notice this at the time).

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From the train window to Saga Ruby (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11873999115/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

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Up to her port bridge area (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11874295784/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr


And the third and fourth  : home for the next 2 weeks, cabin 238.

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Home for the next 2 weeks -- cabin 238 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11873817245/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

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Bathroom of cabin 238 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11874054653/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 07, 2013, 09:20 PM
Pete writes :

So, having met the always smiling & friendly room steward & had a look round the cabin, I picked up the card indicating table number for dining & went look/see. Entering dining room on port side facing aft, it looks a bit narrow, with the wooden partition to the left (this serves a purpose, hiding the escalators leading down to the kitchens) but this is the problem with a point & shoot camera, you just cannot get everything in.

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Entrance to the dining room, with the escalators to the left behind the partition (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11874988845/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Walking further aft a table set for 8.

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A table set for 8. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11875174583/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Reaching a point just beyond the partition mentioned previously, getting a better feel for this beautiful room.

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The dining room on Saga Ruby (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11875223413/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

I read somewhere recently that the 3 large chandeliers were installed by Cunard during a refit, replacing far superior types, and so we reach it, a table for 2, never had one of those before, quite novel. As a consequence of having a table for 2. We felt that we had much more chit chat & laughs with our table stewards than on previous occasions when we've shared a table with 6 or 8 people. It was really different.

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A table for 2 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11874889033/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Looking behind the wooden partition(s) there is one each side of the dining room, down the servery escalators.

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Looking down the servery escalators (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11885547396/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Before leaving the Dining Room, took a few pictures of what must be some of the hardest worked pieces of equipment on board any ship... the steward workstations, scattered all over the room. I couldn't work out the areas served by these - but order transcends the chaos at every sitting, helped along by these invaluable bits of kit.

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The ever ready workstations alongside the escalators (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11885033444/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Ready to hand, the guitar & marrakas for all that serenading at table, these are situated opposite the escalators, the stewards really enjoy performing & strutting their stuff, very entertaining.

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Guitar & marrakas for the singing waiters (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11884566455/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

The ever ready workstation alongside the escalators :

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Steward workstations in the Dining Room (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11874799826/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2893/11874187913_4676ab25b2_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11874187913/)
Steward workstations in the Dining Room (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11874187913/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Oct 07, 2013, 09:47 PM
Very interesting posts and great pictures of her.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Oct 08, 2013, 02:21 PM
Why is Saga Ruby being retired ?  Since she was built in 1973 (I think ?), did she meet the SOLAS 2010 requirements ?
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: pete cain on Oct 08, 2013, 07:33 PM
June, I think she met solas 2010, but apart from the expense of running Ruby, I believe that the type of fuel oil that she burns is now an issue, they just want rid - Private equity runs Saga now,  don't need to say any more.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Oct 08, 2013, 08:12 PM
Thanks, Pete, for this information.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 08, 2013, 08:55 PM
Pete continues :

Having left the dining room, it was time for the Lifeboat drill, getting that out of the way, had a walk back to our cabin & noticed that the Port gangway door was closed & being secured for sea. Returned to Ruby's bit beneath the bridge, to await departure. However, Captain Erik announces that "departure will be delayed by 1/2 hour or so, (those dammed injins again), apparently the chief engineer isn't happy with engine  parameter read-outs, & performance data''.

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Saga Ruby crew at work (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11885116285/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

I find myself completely alone, leaning on the highly varnished rail (more of that later) & soaking it all up ---- bliss.

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Forward anchor party have a chat waiting for cast off (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11885348863/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

The above image shows the forward anchor party having a chat while waiting for cast off. Dover has 2 entries / exits I don't know what they're called but as dusk gathers Ruby is gently reversed out with no assistance via the southerly exit.

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Ruby reverses out of Dover (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11885442984/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 08, 2013, 09:08 PM
Pete continues :

We had a walk round the Promenade deck after a wonderful dinner, the upper decks were deserted (as on most evenings).

Looking aft on starboard promenade deck

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Looking aft starboard promenade deck (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11934340726/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Port side viewing blister

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Port side viewing blister (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11933898284/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

All lined up to perfection, waiting for cushions  tomorrow

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All lined up to perfection, waiting for cushions tomorrow (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11933057625/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 09, 2013, 10:54 PM
Pete Cain continues :

Big yellow funnel

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Big yellow funnel (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11933404673/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Looking aft & down the stairs to the rear (lower) deck,  above rear anchor/docking station.

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Looking aft & down the stairs to the rear (lower) deck, above rear anchor/docking station (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11933409635/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

And so to bed it's been a long day.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Oct 10, 2013, 01:08 PM
Fantastic shots of a classic vessel - keep em comin!!

 ;D

Gav
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 10, 2013, 07:54 PM
Pete continues :

This trip was New Baltic Capitals (& old ones thrown in), 2 days up the North Sea, through the Kiel Canal, round the Baltic & return. 13 days of fortunate weather with only 1 bad & that was the tender day (more of that later), so the first morning found me patrolling the decks after breakfast, looking for what might be original, or at least very old deck equipment.

Images 1 & 2  : Lower Quarterdeck, looking forward, note the door in image 1.

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Lower quarter deck looking forward (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11934216656/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

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Lower quarter deck looking forward (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11933594313/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Here it is in image 3, with a close up of porthole in image 4, if only it could talk.

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Lower quarter deck door (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11933264885/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

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Lower quarter deck porthole in door (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11933236245/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 10, 2013, 08:04 PM
Pete Cain continues with some further images :
             
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Highly varnished telephone box with (modern) working phone inside. Quarterdeck alongside door (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11969832506/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr   


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Perhaps the bar is original even if the shelving behind isn't (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11969779776/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr


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Outside Lido adjacent to the bar in the previous shot, well used and still going strong (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11969659263/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Oct 10, 2013, 08:12 PM
Absolutely wonderful pictures and commentary.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 10, 2013, 08:41 PM
Absolutely wonderful pictures and commentary.

Hello June,

I am quite sure that Pete appreciates your comment -- and so do I!

Bit by bit, I am uploading his story and pictures, so there are quite a few more to come. Some of the pictures show the very spots on board that I enjoyed so much when the ship was still Cunard's Caronia and we sailed on her around the Baltic Sea.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/sets/72157603740290159/

That small lower deck, less frequented and sheltered and a wonderful spot to catch a last breath of fresh air before retiring to my cabin. And that bump-out which Pete caught so beautifully -- a most romantic spot!

I am eagerly expecting to see pictures of the main stairway, which I am sure will come. Pete, it is a great pleasure to live this voyage with you vicariously, and I am really glad that you are sharing the story and the pictures with the Forum.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Oct 10, 2013, 09:42 PM
Hi Isabelle --

Thank you very much for your reply and comments about the pictures and your experiences on board.  It is great to see a picture and be able think of someone's experiences and impressions about that picture aboard the ship.  I find it all the more interesting as she was Caronia.  I shall eagerly await more to come.

June

Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Oct 11, 2013, 06:09 PM
Hi Isabelle - Did you sail on Ruby frequently when she was Caronia ?

Hi Pete - When the sailing was delayed, did you ever find out what the parameter read-outs and performance data were ? 
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: pete cain on Oct 11, 2013, 06:51 PM
Hi June, glad you like  the pictures, getting close to 1/2 way, will be doing  some inside shots tomorrow , tonight will be finishing 2nd day at sea & entering Keil canal. Am trying not to swamp por Isabelle with too many images  (took about 400 in all), she's doing me a great service uploading it all for me, so am trying to cherrypick the best with a few comments thrown in.
     Never did find anything about anything on Ruby, only ever came into contact with hotel side of things, shame really, there was the Captains cocktail doo, my wife & self don't do them, too many people name dropping & etc for our likes,so we have a nice quiet cocktail & nibbles in the Britannia lounge & a chat to the staff.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: andy liney on Oct 12, 2013, 10:10 AM
I have been following this thread with interest, but it has only just struck me (from reading the title!) that Pete's trip is already over. I'm wondering if Pete was therefore on board when I took the picture (posted in another 'Ruby' thread) of her waiting to enter the Kiel Canal from the Elbe on 13 September?
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: pete cain on Oct 12, 2013, 05:07 PM
Hi Andy, we were back in Dover 5 Sept. She left Dover on Sept 12 for her last visit to the Baltic, you caught her waiting for the last transit eastbound of the canal,sad day, but you got a nice shot from Discovery.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 12, 2013, 11:56 PM
Pete continues :

Another balmy day to enjoy walking the decks & looking, so here goes --  nice shot of the starboard viewing blister (looking aft), note all those varnished handrails :

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Starboard viewing blister (looking aft) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11969616473/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5506/11969695824_2c28ba869e_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11969695824/)
Standing inside blister, looking forward (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11969695824/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7330/11969884286_89be078e3c_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11969884286/)
All those curves and teak flooring to boot (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11969884286/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

All those teak & highly varnished handrails don't come cheap, even now they're being meticulously looked after :

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5514/11969611554_6ee4469175_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11969611554/)
Meticulously looked after (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11969611554/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Maintenance work continues, constantly (more so than I noticed at the same stage on QE2, when she was on her way out). Whilst alongside, staff were touching up her blue hull (never got a shot of that) with those long rollers. This shows the more mundane, but thorough work going on to look after her, not forgetting she might be gone in 4 months & they could be out of a job, still they do it!!!!!

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Maintenance work continues (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11969553734/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Nice stainless steel finials keeping those vulnerable end pieces safe.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5482/11969236145_b324b98643_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11969236145/)
Nice stainless steel finials keeping those vulnerable end pieces safe (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11969236145/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

40 year old joint, on the most exposed point of Ruby (the bit beneath the bridge) -- what to say...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7304/11969090865_6b31bb7ebc_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11969090865/)
40 year old joint on the bit beneath the bridge (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11969090865/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 13, 2013, 08:26 PM
Pete continues :

Whilst looking out for anything of age on Ruby, found these 2 electrical socket outlets, very close to each other & of similar vintage, 1 with years of paint  dosed over it, the other its brass turned a lovely shade of green.

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Years of paint across the switch (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11985856364/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5527/11985865205_24daba3e37_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11985865205/)
Brass turned a lovely shade of green (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11985865205/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Gutter on prom deck, must be 1/4 inch thick with layer upon layer of paint, just reminded me of a coral island surrounded by deep blue sea.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5480/11986750876_6a0115654b_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11986750876/)
Gutter on Prom Deck with years of paint (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11986750876/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Went to look for my wife & have a cup of tea in Lido, these cups are the equivalent to QE2s blue plastic types.

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The equivalent of the "blue plastic mugs" on QE2 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11986305204/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 13, 2013, 08:44 PM
Pete continues :

We arrived at the Kiel Canal knowing in advance that we would face a 2-hour delay, Captain Erik informed us that at the moment this is common, major work is being carried out on one set of lock gates, so ships queue on a first come first served basis. This gave me time to take some more images :

The best I could get of Ruby's bell

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5546/11986526596_2066347815_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11986526596/)
The best I could get of Ruby's bell (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11986526596/)  by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Captain Erik waits for the getaway

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Captain Erik waits for the getaway (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11985959193/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Ruby prepares to enter the locks at Brunsbüttel

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Ruby prepares to enter the locks at Brunsbüttel (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11985811275/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

In the lock for the penultimate time
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In the lock for the penultimate time (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11986056813/)  by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

After another wonderful dinner, we made our way up to the magnificent Britannia Lounge, for a classical performance. During the performance, it went from dusk to dark, but the feast wasn't only to the ears, because at regular intervals there would be heavy metal passing by, surreal it was, sometimes we would come to a stop in a lay by & let one pass. Afterwards one last time for a look/see.

Looking forward

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Looking forward (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11985612595/)  by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Looking aft

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Looking aft (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11985888724/)  by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Maybe a bit artyfarty here, but I noticed this whilst stood on the shuffleboard, looking through the glass roof into 'The View'.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2833/11985984544_044f57f182_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11985984544/)
Looking through the glass roof into 'The View' (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11985984544/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Off to bed Stockholm tomorrow.
And for this picture, specially for Isabelle, I leaned out of the starboard blister whilst going about 19 kn heading up the North Sea.

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19 kn into the North Sea (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11985550175/)  by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Oct 14, 2013, 06:09 PM
To Isabelle and Pete - Thank you so much for sharing this wealth of information and amazing documentary of photos.  It is very much appreciated and so fitting as Ruby nears the end of her service.  So sad that it is happening.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 14, 2013, 08:53 PM
Thank you so much, June -- it means a lot :) .

Pete continues his Saga Ruby story :

I've been incredibly lucky in life, have sailed into New York on the QE2 (unfortunately not into Manhattan), before it was announced that she was going, so was in actual service. That arrival so early in the morning accompanied by thunder & rain was everything that was to be expected. Anchored off Dubrovnik (again courtesy of QE2) & witnessed the splendour of that beautiful city whilst arriving by tender...

However the sail into & out of Stockholm, through the twisting channels, & multiple islands aided by an absolutley brilliant day was one of life's wow moments.

Shot astern going in

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5483/11999380386_df8445b56c_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11999380386/)
Shot astern going in (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11999380386/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Ruby framed by a Stockholm street (just walking by & noticed her)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7397/11998815663_199fc39c29_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998815663/)
Ruby framed by a Stockholm street (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998815663/)  by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

90 degree turn (one of many) leaving Stockholm

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5541/11998761003_fc386005fe_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998761003/)
90 degree turn (one of many) leaving Stockholm (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998761003/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Hopefully an indication of the twists & turns

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3717/11998344694_ea2746721b_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998344694/)
Hopefully an indication of the twists and turns (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998344694/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 14, 2013, 09:09 PM
Pete continues with a series of beautiful atmospheric photos of the white night surrounding Saga Ruby :

After dinner, another round around the deck to enjoy the brilliant sunset, it really was like that! Happy to bed, tomorrow Helsinki.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5482/11998731693_50b1459c57_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998731693/)
Headed to Helsinki in the white night (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998731693/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3713/11999225796_7dbfd25d9b_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11999225796/)
Leaving Stockholm at dusk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11999225796/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5546/11998683963_76d80f6129_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998683963/)
Sunset behind Ruby (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998683963/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 15, 2013, 09:02 PM
Pete continues his story :

Another brilliant dawn heralds our arrival into the narrow entrance of Helsinki, once through that a leisurely turn in & dock alongside.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2867/11998362615_114f176237_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998362615/)
Arrival in Helsinki (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998362615/)  by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2881/11998318475_dcf01b8183_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998318475/)
Ready to turn and dock in Helsinki (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998318475/)  by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Ruby's business end caught in the sun (notice the empty fastenings ready for mesh guards as seen on QE2 to this day I believe -- maybe this is a throwback to Cunard days?).

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Ruby's business end caught in the sun (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11999077916/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Looking aft along her starboard flank, notice the overhang between the blue (steel) hull & white (aluminium) superstructure. Hope to come back to this later.

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Looking aft along her starboard flank (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998575614/)  by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 15, 2013, 09:14 PM
Pete Cain continues from Helsinki :

Whilst Ruby is alongside, looking up to the starboard viewing blister.

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Looking up to the starboard viewing blister (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998986566/)  by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Starboard bow shots reminiscent of QE2 in her (also) dying days. I cannot believe, looking at the bootline & below, that she was in dry dock for a major paint job only 9 months previously.

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Starboard bow shot (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998128465/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr   

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3802/11998377553_9776b3e095_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998377553/)
Was she really in dry dock for a major paint job only 9 months previously? (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998377553/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Gorgeous curves, showing the transition joint (will come back to this).

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7340/11998394954_f91c6d0e8c_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998394954/)
Gorgeous curves, showing the transition joint (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11998394954/)  by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Even the white paint has taken on a blue hue on the departure form Helsinki. I'm afraid the shot seems a bit blurred, I rested the camera on the rail & reckon the depth of field was compromised.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 15, 2013, 09:42 PM
Pete Cain continues his story :

After a night time transit, dawn found us approaching St Petersburg. We followed 2 newbies through the channel, to the new (and already too small) cruise terminal. Ruby had to hold station for about 15 mins whilst these two got themselves ready for the ball.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7347/12018250335_61c5dceef4.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12018250335/)
Arriving in St Petersburg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12018250335/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Apparently, until only recently, Ruby would berth in the centre -- with the building of the new terminal all cruise ships now use this out of town facility.

Two days in St Petersburg, then on to Tallin. Another brilliant day, we hang around before walking into Tallin with a cup of tea, waiting for the coach parties to get away. Glad we did -- I had the inevitable walk up top, to see Marco Polo arriving alongside.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5516/12018491573_70142495a7.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12018491573/)
Marco Polo arriving in Talinn (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12018491573/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Marco Polo's bridge area.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3758/12018441483_0fa833611a.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12018441483/)
Marco Polo's bridge area (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12018441483/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Even she has evidence of stress fatigue, as shown here.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2853/12018531446_d8b3128349.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12018531446/)
Marco Polo with some stress fatigue (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12018531446/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Oct 16, 2013, 02:30 PM
Hi Isabelle - I want to say thanks again for posting the fabulous pictures and commentary about Pete's cruise.  They are beautiful pictures and such a valuable documentary to have.

Pete - Thank you so much for providing the great photos and commentary for all of us.  It is quite poignant though to realize Ruby will be leaving us.  Did you and your wife cruise on her often ?

I meant to say "thank you" sooner but was quite caught up in Rob's posting about our QE2 and finding her state of affairs very distressing.

Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: pete cain on Oct 16, 2013, 04:22 PM
Hi June, this was only our second visit to Ruby, we did a weeks taster to the fjords 18months ago, just love the old boats,  missed the chance with Rose, nearly with Ruby, so after talking to Rob, I went snaphappy & took as much as I could get access to whilst I had the chance,thank goodness for an understanding & patient wife!.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Oct 16, 2013, 04:42 PM
Thanks, Pete, for your note.  That is indeed a wonderful opportunity to have the chance to get all of those pictures at this time and thanks to Rob for alerting you to get as many pictures as possible.  I keep looking at all the ones already posted and marvel at the story they tell.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 16, 2013, 09:24 PM
Another great set of pictures coming -- this time with Marco Polo joining Saga Ruby on the Talinn stage. Pete Cain continues his tale :

With Marco Polo in Talinn

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7352/12018104005_54d3cece54.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12018104005/)
3/4 starboard shot of two old ladies soaking up the autumn sun (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12018104005/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Well she's just beautiful isn't she.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3718/12018404264_255e2e1dc5.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12018404264/)
Beautiful, isn't she (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12018404264/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
       
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7312/12018827286_a5ce50ddd0.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12018827286/)
Just beautiful (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12018827286/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

3/4 starboard shot of two old ladies soaking up the autumn sun.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2871/12017950945_5ced08b825.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12017950945/)
With Marco Polo in Talinn (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12017950945/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 16, 2013, 09:38 PM
Pete Cain's voyage continues, now to Riga :

Another lovely dawn, the sail into Riga.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7407/12018250774_3b4be196ff.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12018250774/)
Another lovely dawn, the sail into Riga (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12018250774/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Ruby was berthed portside so was able to get a better shot of her superstructure, similar to the day of departure at Dover, this time without window reflections.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2830/12017853245_bb6e9c6062.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12017853245/)
A good look at her superstructure (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12017853245/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Couldn't believe this one, look closely at the hull, after the A in Saga, & before the R, in Ruby, you can make out the RO from Caronia, I zoomed in as best I could for the next image.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5502/12018155534_69fda2f801.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12018155534/)
The RO of CARONIA in the space between SAGA and RUBY? (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12018155534/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5492/12017755585_2dbac6aa56.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12017755585/)
Barely visible : RO (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12017755585/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 16, 2013, 09:49 PM
Pete Cain continues his wander along Saga Ruby in the port of Riga :

I tried to find the place where the CUNARD lettering was on the superstructure (probably in the area where SAGA is painted) but was unable. Had to content myself with walking along her port flank.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5529/12056709026_41213f7121_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12056709026/)
No sign of the dark Cunard paint (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12056709026/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Ruby has kissed the dock, or been kissed a few times, but was too much the lady to tell me when, or how.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7434/12056210063_7e5036c7d7_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12056210063/)
Kissed by the dockside (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12056210063/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

40 years of paint, easily 1/4'' thick, I looked very closely at this area thinking I might see a bit of CUNARD charcoal / black but to no avail. QE2 must have been like this before they shotblasted the hull to start again.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3708/12056831616_f73fa94a1e_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12056831616/)
No sign of the Cunard lettering (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12056831616/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

The last tour bus has gone, all closed up & waiting for the off, Ruby casts her shadow over the grim port of Riga. Only 2 more ports of call, ah well, time to go shower.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7416/12055528613_71d4533b3d_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12055528613/)
Casting her shadow (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12055528613/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

There's something never to be repeated in those old ladies a feeling of history passing on, at least we've seen it & lived it.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Oct 17, 2013, 02:49 PM
So very true !  Marvelous trip, pictures, and commentary !
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: pete cain on Oct 17, 2013, 07:47 PM
Hi June & anybody else who might be interested, Isabelle is taking a well earned rest for a few weeks, so the story will conclude on her return. Thanks for watching as they say.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 18, 2013, 09:49 AM
Going more slowly for a while, but here is another instalment of Pete's story :

Yet another fine & sunny day, however very windy, for the approach to Ventspils.

This image shows the pilot boat having a rough time of it, these pilots have to be agile!

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5479/12056033634_8324518be4_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12056033634/)
Pilot boat having a rough time of it, these pilots have to be agile (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12056033634/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

10 mins later & under a degree of shelter, approach to Ventspills with pilot boat to port bow. Ruby did a 180 degree turn to tie up, so we didn't have to look at the extensive industrial side of the port.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3832/12055803375_71d47c6932_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12055803375/)
Approach to Ventspills with pilot boat to port bow (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12055803375/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Tug assistance for the turn (probably because of the wind) & a sudden squall to boot.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3786/12056599506_e8b0deac36_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12056599506/)
Tug assistance for the turn (probably because of the wind) & a sudden squall (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12056599506/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

There is a viewing tower on the pretty side of the docks, Ruby strains against the ropes in the very strong wind, giving her a considerable list.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5488/12056543736_6c6bacf0e1.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12056543736/)
Ruby strains against the ropes in the very strong wind (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12056543736/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 21, 2013, 08:59 PM
A couple more pictures sent in by Pete from Ventspils :

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7439/12055578925_fedafdbaf0_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12055578925/)
Saga Ruby in Ventspils (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12055578925/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Note the number of ropes holding her alongside :

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3673/12055813173_518ba232af.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12055813173/)
So many ropes holding Saga Ruby in Ventspils (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12055813173/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: holynougat on Oct 21, 2013, 09:25 PM
Great posts - wonderful ship.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Oct 22, 2013, 05:59 PM
Hi Isabelle and Pete - Thanks very much for more great pictures and commentary.  Very good outside shots of Ruby and so interesting to see the still visible Caronia letters.  She is indeed a pretty ship.  Very good shots of the pilot boat !!  Also interesting to see her listing in port due to the wind.  Pete, you have taken some really unique pictures. 
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: pete cain on Oct 22, 2013, 07:32 PM
Hi June, am so glad you are enjoying, a bit sad to document the passing of a graceful lady, but find it a diversion to what (or is not) happening to QE2. I meant to say in the post of Ventspills that the number of ropes holding Ruby were doubled because of the wind. I have sent a few more off to Isabelle, but she is busy at the moment so uploading will be as & when. Will be concentrating on internals for last 2 days at sea, Pete.....
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Oct 22, 2013, 08:07 PM
Hi Pete - Thanks very much for your post.  It was amazing to see so many ropes holding Ruby.  What was the wind running ? It is indeed sad to see the passing of Ruby.  She is an especially pretty ship.  I will be looking forward to the next installment.  I think we are all waiting with anxiety to hear what will happen to/with our QE2. 
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 22, 2013, 09:48 PM
Thank you, Pete and June, for your kind words. Continuing with your beautiful pictures and your story, albeit a bit more slowly at the moment, as and when I get the chance.

Last port of call (very nearly not), the only bad day, force 6 to 7, heavy rain squall & the Captain unable to anchor off in the planned position. Too rough to launch tenders & a worry I would think about the less able bodied passengers to get in & out of them. There was a Plan B & that was to sail another 3/4 hr to a second place & try there, more shelter here. So, Captain Erik decided to drop anchor, lower the companionway (which took an hour) & see what happened to the weather, seeing as how it was forecast to get better.

Just a few pictures to illustrate this labour intensive operation. It was so cold & wet my heart went out to those guys.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2894/12055466575_e2ac392aa3.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12055466575/)
Getting ready to tender in Bornholm (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12055466575/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7350/12055404625_a91b6f9409_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12055404625/)
Getting ready to tender in Bornholm (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12055404625/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2892/12055643083_732e4a96f6_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12055643083/)
Getting ready to tender in Bornholm (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12055643083/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7441/12055686404_487ca3bb68.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12055686404/)
Getting ready to tender in Bornholm (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12055686404/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

The following four images complete the construction of the companionway (have left many out) with the first tender alongside, constant squalls, high winds & an intemperate sea didn't help these poor guys one bit.
Disembarcation for shore tours started almost immediately, with many helpers for passengers to get inside the tenders.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7383/12069082793_5433eb647f_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12069082793/)
Constructing the companionway (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12069082793/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3745/12069037294_058de83047_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12069037294/)
Constructing the companionway (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12069037294/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5506/12068402985_8367da33df_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068402985/)
Constructing the companionway (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068402985/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7444/12068769804_0f67c863a0_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068769804/)
Constructing the companionway (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068769804/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 23, 2013, 09:31 PM
Pete Cain continues about Bornholm :

Showing empty falls (this was after lunch, the weather was indeed moderating, however the rain was a problem).

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3807/12068594593_ff604445e3.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068594593/)
Tender being lowered (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068594593/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

I'm glad Captain Erik decided to go for it, I really wanted to get ino a tender & catch Ruby without any landside obstructions. My wife decided to stay on board, while I got into a tender & sat there for 4 return trips waiting for a clearance in the weather.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5508/12068549743_dd7133e124_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068549743/)
Saga Ruby from the tender (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068549743/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2823/12068841856_7332a779d6_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068841856/)
Saga Ruby from the tender (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068841856/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3820/12068167295_4ea1e08bb5_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068167295/)
Saga Ruby from the tender (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068167295/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Oct 24, 2013, 03:47 PM
Hi June, am so glad you are enjoying, a bit sad to document the passing of a graceful lady, but find it a diversion to what (or is not) happening to QE2. I meant to say in the post of Ventspills that the number of ropes holding Ruby were doubled because of the wind. I have sent a few more off to Isabelle, but she is busy at the moment so uploading will be as & when. Will be concentrating on internals for last 2 days at sea, Pete.....

Thanks for these shots and narratives Pete and to Isabelle for posting them for us to enjoy. It is indeed sad - she has that liner look - that sheer is just to die for and look at that majestic bow!!

I love your reference to the "blisters" - I have a beautiful shot of my other half on QM2's starboard one - dressed for dinner with the Med sunset as the backdrop. It is interesting to note how many vessels Mr Payne took his inspiration from when designing QM2.

Gav
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 28, 2013, 05:45 PM
Peter Cain got several more wonderful shots of Saga Ruby in Bornholm from the tenders :

On the return of 3rd time around the weather began to clear somewhat :

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3678/12068534244_234d264ca1_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068534244/)
Saga Ruby from the tender as the weather clears (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068534244/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3821/12068491394_dd53bb6c70_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068491394/)
Saga Ruby from the tender as the weather clears (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068491394/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2821/12068334943_254fe743cf_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068334943/)
Saga Ruby from the tender as the weather clears (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068334943/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

You would not usually see this shot, because of stowed tender obstructing :

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3709/12067995035_f76ffd1c63.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12067995035/)
Saga Ruby from the tender -- a rare view only possible because the tenders are out (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12067995035/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 28, 2013, 07:57 PM
On Pete's last round trip on the tenders in Bornholm, he got some truly phantastic views :

My last round trip, 2hrs, wet through & cold, was it worth it you bet!

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3712/12068865494_cfa111fc07_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068865494/)
Bornholm last round trip (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068865494/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3830/12068499635_9ebd128809_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068499635/)
Bornholm last round trip (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068499635/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3699/12068831943_51cc743e20.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068831943/)
Bornholm last round trip (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068831943/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Best photo of Saga Ruby ever!

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2831/12069039716_f5d1de917d.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12069039716/)
Best view of Saga Ruby ever! (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12069039716/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Last image, back on board, time for a cuppa & some dry clothes.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3731/12068579345_d9f085e507_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068579345/)
Back on board, wet and cold (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12068579345/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Oct 28, 2013, 08:25 PM
Thanks to Isabelle and Pete for more wonderful pictures and commentary of Ruby.  Again it is great to have this documentary, and it must have been rather melancholy to know that Ruby is being "retired".  Thank you both again !
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 31, 2013, 09:01 PM
Pete cloncludes his Bornholm story as follows :

Bornholm certainly was a dramatic day, starting with this image & concluding (weatherwise at least) in the next image.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3811/12157420594_404a06955e_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157420594/)
The start of the day in Bornholm (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157420594/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2822/12157241883_4151bbca87_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157241883/)
Fine weather by evening in Bornholm (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157241883/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

However the drama wasn't quite finished, after all tenders & companionway secured, there was a  problem with the anchor mechanism, took 1/2 hour to sort, then it was found out that the anchor was fouled, that took another 1/2 hour or so to recover, with lots of manoeuvering & the like, before it was freed.  Talking to a gent with all this going on, he said that losing anchors in this location is a common occurrence & that there is a museum dedicated it, not disputing his information but have been unable to find any such a place on Bornholm island. Good call Captain Erik!

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3687/12157018063_e71f4160aa_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157018063/)
Working on a stubborn anchor at Bornholm (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157018063/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Onwards to Kiel canal westbound, with the obvious thought that it's nearly over.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: pete cain on Nov 01, 2013, 07:35 PM
just looked at this & realised Keil canal transit was penultimate for  Ruby.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Nov 04, 2013, 08:58 AM
Pete has now arrived at the Kiel Canal again for the return transit :

After the excitement of Bornholm, we had a quiet overnight trip to the locks at Kiel. A murky morning, not what we've been used to.

Ruby takes up position, after the customary wait for a slot into the canal.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5540/12157382174_c2fbfe4d90_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157382174/)
Waiting to enter the lock at Kiel on a cold and foggy morning (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157382174/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Whilst I have tried to concentrate on Ruby, I have to include a few images of the BBQ lunch that was crafted for us as we enjoyed the canal transit, with improving weather as the day progressed.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5489/12156951395_730df07d90_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12156951395/)
BBQ lunch during the Kiel Canal transit (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12156951395/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7423/12156930895_59048b4cdb_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12156930895/)
BBQ lunch during the Kiel Canal transit (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12156930895/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2844/12157590026_c967298bef_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157590026/)
BBQ lunch during the Kiel Canal transit (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157590026/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Such a lot of work involved in presenting this feast, truly appreciated, & of course no washing up afterwards!

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5496/12157568166_d892d8a72f_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157568166/)
BBQ lunch during the Kiel Canal transit (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157568166/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7294/12157118753_fd843dcf2a_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157118753/)
BBQ lunch during the Kiel Canal transit (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157118753/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

The weather was now improving, even as the BBQ was enjoyed.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3824/12157255864_45d86220ba.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157255864/)
Weather improving as Ruby transits the Kiel Canal (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157255864/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5529/12156823795_2495d197d2.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12156823795/)
Proceeding along the Kiel Canal (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12156823795/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Nov 04, 2013, 09:23 AM
With Saga Ruby continuing her Kiel Canal transit, Pete sends us some more pictures and text :

Mid way along the Canal, pilots are changed, they have it a bit easier than port pilots.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5524/12157548873_38ba9c6652_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157548873/)
Midway along the Canal, change of Pilots (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157548873/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

As night follows day, Ruby approaches the locks at Brunsbüttel.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5532/12157686124_a459604fed_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157686124/)
Ruby approaches the locks at Brunsbüttel (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157686124/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Industrial complex in Brunsbüttel

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5475/12157941006_e435c64e58_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157941006/)
Industrial complex in Brunsbüttel (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157941006/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Lights on for the Fo'c's'le docking party

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3827/12157875436_bbc1eba543_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157875436/)
Lights on for the Fo'c's'le docking party (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157875436/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Ruby glides in stately as a galleon

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3744/12157660894_8439b15960_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157660894/)
Ruby glides in stately as a galleon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157660894/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Nov 04, 2013, 05:28 PM
Many thanks again to Isabelle and to Pete for posting Pete's pictures and commentary.  They are just wonderful and truly a great record of your voyage and of Ruby as she nears retirement.  Thank you for your time and effort !
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Nov 09, 2013, 11:23 AM

Thanks Pete for posting such a comprehensive log of your cruise on the Saga Ruby.  Particularly sitting on a tender for two hours to obtain some fantastic photos of the ship has to be commended.

It is only when a ship has been decommissioned that passengers and fans of the ship wish that they had taken more photos.  You had the foresight to compile a photographic record that will be around for all to see, whatever the future holds for the ship. 

This topic plus the topic giving comparison with QE2 are a valuable contribution.  Thank-you for taking time to compose these posts and thanks to Isabelle for her input that has allowed us to read your log and see the photos.
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,3667.0.html
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: pete cain on Nov 09, 2013, 04:48 PM
Thanks Lynda, I have really enjoyed doing this, made me think about the trip more I think. It's all thanks to Rob, I was going to take snaps anyway , however it was him who gave me the prompt to be snap happy,

 
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Nov 09, 2013, 07:00 PM
Thank you all for your kind remarks! It is a real pleasure savouring and uploading these pictures with Pete's story. There are still a couple of postings to come after this one.

Here, Pete continues the pictures on Saga Ruby's transit of the Nord-Ostsee Kanal (also known as the Kiel Canal, after the town of Kiel on the Baltic side of the Canal) :

So that was it, the penultimate passage of the Kiel Canal, I've read that people regard it as boring, I beg to disagree.

As Saga Ruby was secured alongside whilst water levels were equalised, noted the time.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7413/12157891916_05b3ce22b7_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157891916/)
Time when Saga Ruby was secured alongside whilst water levels were (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157891916/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

A glance up to the port bridge wing.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7458/12157472273_397c712c5c_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157472273/)
A glance up to the port bridge wing (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157472273/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

2 looks back at Ruby's passing - just before the bright lights of Brunsbüttel.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5504/12157486673_224c2bb4ee_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157486673/)
Looking back, just before the bright lights of Brunsbüttel (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157486673/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2881/12157481023_cfae2e5a7e_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157481023/)
Looking back, just before the bright lights of Brunsbüttel (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12157481023/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

That's it, almost over, 2 days to catch what I can of this fine lady.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: andy liney on Nov 09, 2013, 11:18 PM

So that was it, the penultimate passage of the Kiel Canal, I've read that people regard it as boring, I beg to disagree.


So do I, Pete, I found it fascinating.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Nov 10, 2013, 12:44 PM
The next photos sent by Pete were taken during the sea days on the North Sea southbound :

As on the outside of Ruby, I don't know what is original on the inside, or at least quite old, started with our cabin electricals, definitely of an age looking at the patina of the plastic, & still working o k. All self explanatory, however the last has been adapted at some time to take plug-in type phone (room service & etc).

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5547/12195224375_6938ea0817_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195224375/)
In-cabin electricals, all working well (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195224375/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7378/12195192435_96270ddc12_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195192435/)
In cabin switch with a bit of patina (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195192435/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3682/12195217623_ca088561ae_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195217623/)
In-cabin switch, working well (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195217623/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7415/12195811186_835d51ce89_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195811186/)
Adapted to take a plug-in phone (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195811186/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Nov 12, 2013, 09:43 PM
More interior pictures here from Pete, as Saga Ruby continues to sail southwards in the North Sea :

Following the theme of original / old, this image shows the ceiling & lighting detail situated on midships stairway, looking to port into the North Cape bar, certainly ticks the boxes for me.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3792/12195006185_b68a60f677.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195006185/)
Ceiling and lighting detail on midships stairway (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195006185/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Likewise the ceiling detail of the Ballroom hasn't changed for many a year, I'm sure the only additions will have been better show lighting & the like.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3729/12195422963_26b7c8e1b1.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195422963/)
Ceiling detail of the Ballroom (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195422963/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Gents' WC situated port side, adjacent to the cinema (theatre) entrance, the only things changed in there being the false ceiling & floor tiles (I bet). My wife confirms that the ladies', situated directly opposite side of the ship is the same vintage.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7324/12195746586_68752b5aa1_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195746586/)
Gents' WC situated port side (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195746586/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Gents' WC situated starboard & forward of the Dining Room, the result of a refit? A more modern worktop & sink arrangement, found myself wondering how long since the last cigar/cigarette had been in that ash tray.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3687/12195395704_48edb99298_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195395704/)
Gents' WC situated starboard (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195395704/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

These beautiful slave clocks work to a master somewhere on the ship, they clunk quietly every so often & the minute hand moves forward a notch, surely these are original? someone please let us know.  Even if I couldn't get it to work I'd love one of these on my wall as a constant remembrance, they're so tactile.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7364/12195762246_c8834f6f3b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195762246/)
Beautiful slave clocks (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195762246/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Nov 13, 2013, 05:04 PM
Thank you very much to Pete and Isabelle for more wonderful pictures and commentary about Ruby.  Great to have !
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Nov 13, 2013, 09:47 PM
Thank you very much to Pete and Isabelle for more wonderful pictures and commentary about Ruby.  Great to have !

June, it gives me great pleasure to upload them, bit by bit, and I am so glad that Pete has sent these wonderful pictures my way for this purpose. I am of course reminded of a beautiful Baltic voyage I took on the same ship some years back, and the pictures bring those memories back, as well as showing me parts of the ship I had not paid much attention to at the time. Pete, you did a great job catching her while still going strong, and I shall be happy to upload many more (there are still quite a few coming I have realised!).
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Nov 14, 2013, 02:35 PM
June, it gives me great pleasure to upload them, bit by bit, and I am so glad that Pete has sent these wonderful pictures my way for this purpose. I am of course reminded of a beautiful Baltic voyage I took on the same ship some years back, and the pictures bring those memories back, as well as showing me parts of the ship I had not paid much attention to at the time. Pete, you did a great job catching her while still going strong, and I shall be happy to upload many more (there are still quite a few coming I have realised!).

Hi Isabelle - Thank you for your post.  It is great that you also have fine memories of Ruby.  Yes, Pete has done a marvelous job on his cruise catching Ruby's spirit with his photos.  I am very much looking forward to the upcoming postings.

Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Nov 18, 2013, 11:53 PM
And now, Pete moves on to the main stairway, which I thought in 2004 was even more beautiful than any of QE2's stairways... but no, Pete, sadly I no longer remember the details, nor did I take photos at the time... yours, on the other hand, are fabulous!

Tried constantly to do justice to Ruby's forward stairway, think you might need a fisheye lens to get it all in. However, looking along the aft face of the stairs on Veranda deck towards Port & the entrance to Britannia Lounge / South Cape Bar.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5502/12195621896_dfb428870e.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195621896/)
Looking along the aft face of the stairs (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195621896/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Looking down from top landing (Sun deck) to Veranda deck, the forward wall of the stairs are decked with marble tiling, really stunning & one of her best places.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7406/12195724966_0808cbf824.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195724966/)
Looking down from top landing (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195724966/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

A more detailed look at the forward wall tiling.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7299/12195730726_53b52c946c.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195730726/)
A more detailed look at the forward wall tiling (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195730726/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Top landing again, showing some of Ruby's treasures (first visit plaques & the like), some very nice artifacts here (wonder what will become of them?). The entrance to the best suites are off to the right & directly opposite, also a locked door to the to the bridge I think.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3712/12195106055_633dae123d.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195106055/)
Top landing again (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195106055/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

I don't know if the stairs are original here, maybe Isabelle can tell us, but they are lovely to behold.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: andy liney on Nov 19, 2013, 08:38 AM
Michael Portillo presented one of his Railway Journeys on Sunday night, and Saga Ruby was visible in aerial shots, docked in Copenhagen. The film appeared to have been made during this last summer.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Twynkle on Nov 19, 2013, 11:13 AM
Pete - These photos are absolutely magnificent.
Will be on board on Saturday, and will carry my camera, knowing that whatever I take  -it'll be extremely difficult to capture anything like such good shots, as yours - specially regarding the forward staircase!

There is also to be a Fancy Dress Ball (complete with 170 ex-seafarers and their followers ;)  )
David Hutchings is one of the Lecturers and there is now WiFi throughout the ship!
(Had strong hopes that Captain Rentell might have been i/c. Since being i/c of QE2 he has spent many happy years on board the SR, however this may not be the case this time :(  ).

So sorry to miss you - I will leave the Book with hopefully more of the You-Know-Whats in the Pursers Office!
Very best regards to you and Mrs Pete,
Rosie xx


Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Nov 19, 2013, 05:32 PM
Marvelous pictures, Pete !  Thank you, Isabelle, for posting them !  Rosie, please be sure to post the pictures you get.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: pete cain on Nov 19, 2013, 07:40 PM
Thanks again June, sadly coming to an end soon, not that many more to send Isabelle, (although she has a few in hand).  Rosie, if you catch this post, don't try laying down on the deck, looking up to get a deckhead view of fwd staircase lighting , unless you want to attract a crowd!!!!, and I was unsuccessful trying.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Nov 21, 2013, 06:01 PM
Hi Pete - Thanks for your post and delighted that there are more pictures forthcoming.  Your documentary is amazing and many thanks to Isabelle for making it possible on the forum.  Any word on Ruby's future ?
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Twynkle on Nov 21, 2013, 07:37 PM
Thanks again June, sadly coming to an end soon, not that many more to send Isabelle, (although she has a few in hand).  Rosie, if you catch this post, don't try laying down on the deck, looking up to get a deckhead view of fwd staircase lighting , unless you want to attract a crowd!!!!, and I was unsuccessful trying.

Pete - Did you notice how every inch of that carpet on the landings is put to good use during the day time...quizzes, deck games etc as well as forming part of the ship's tour - it's space is used on all deck levels rather like Thomas Q's Heritage trail  on QE2!
Thinking of lying down - moi?  S'pose now you have mentioned it, I'll have to give it a go!
(A reminder of the time when Isabelle was photographed taking a great shot of QE2's QR ceiling!)
Very best to you and Mrs Pete,
Rosie
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Nov 24, 2013, 10:13 PM
Pete continues his days at sea southbound :

The deckhead of the forward staircase has an ovaloid recessed lighting detail similar to that above the pursers' desk & lobby outside the cinema / theatre, these are a theme & have to be original. I tried to catch the forward ceiling detail by lying on my back & looking up 3 decks, taking a shot, couldn't do it justice (have since found out that my camera has a fish eye app), much to the enjoyment of let's say older folk who had been thinking me odd for more than a week or so.

Moral here is don't buy a new camera days before you need to use it in earnest!

Said ceiling lighting above pursers' desk :

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Ceiling lighting above pursers' desk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195460144/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Moving to midships stairs view, looking to starboard from Veranda deck, the stairs on the left hand side mid shot, going up to pursers' desk :

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7373/12195477784_298c530ef9_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195477784/)
Midships stairs view, looking to starboard from Veranda deck (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195477784/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Looking down, with pursers' desk behind :

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2825/12195497564_4995925056_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195497564/)
Looking down, with pursers' desk behind (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195497564/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

This mini spiral staircase situated on the starboard side of Veranda deck gives a nice short cut to promenade deck (used this many times to avoid the inevitable crush on midships staircase).

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7315/12195037975_014b321aa7_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195037975/)
Mini spiral staircase situated on the starboard side of Veranda deck (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195037975/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

At the top of the spiral staircase is a huge black & white photo of the original Caronia, maybe put there by Cunard during a refit, anyway it looks good, this doesn't do it justice.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5524/12195331653_f3b299efce_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195331653/)
Black and white photo of the original Caronia (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12195331653/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Nov 27, 2013, 11:33 PM
Pete continues his North Sea southbound voyage on Saga Ruby and gets a bit of a look behind the scenes :

Perhaps many refits have robbed Ruby of many of her original features, certainly in the public areas -- I was always on the lookout for any opportunity which presented itself.

Computer Centre.  Readily available image anywhere, but behind the closed door is a conference room as shown in the next image.

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Computer Centre (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12213056833/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5479/12212844855_c7c3447fd0_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12212844855/)
Behind the closed door of the Computer Centre is a conference room (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12212844855/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Behind the scenes of the pursers' desk.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2845/12213046454_17e976eded_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12213046454/)
Behind the scenes of the pursers' desk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12213046454/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

In the rear port corner of the Ballroom is situated the bar, also a door for staff entry into Lido kitchen. On the wall adjacent is this little workstation showing the patches in the room as worked by table waiters.  I noticed that as a matter of routine, staff starting duty would always look on this noticeboard for ''to do's'' for the day.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3785/12212867435_816ddbf93f_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12212867435/)
Notices with the "To Do's" for the day (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12212867435/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3765/12213277624_4d15fd551b_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12213277624/)
Lido kitchen notice board (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12213277624/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Nov 27, 2013, 11:55 PM
More pictures taken by Pete as he continues southbound -- love all these working areas!

Lifeboat launching station midships portside, looking aft.

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Lifeboat launching station (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12213362476/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Daylight shot of similar on opposite side.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2877/12213314596_2381120920.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12213314596/)
Lifeboat launching station (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12213314596/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Leaned as far as possible into the stern docking area, looking to port & looking aft.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5495/12212987543_228cfdd4c9_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12212987543/)
Stern docking area (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12212987543/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3733/12212998353_3644c6d33e_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12212998353/)
Stern docking area (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12212998353/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Stewards' pantry tucked away on Promenade deck port, serving the B class cabins.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5533/12213374136_4591c73663_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12213374136/)
Stewards pantry tucked away on Prom deck port (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12213374136/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Nov 29, 2013, 03:04 PM
Thank you very much, Pete, for the new photos added and the commentary.  Thank you very much, Isabelle, for posting them.  They are truly a fitting tribute to Ruby's legacy !
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Nov 29, 2013, 11:50 PM
Pete continues his exploration of the ship and brings us more pictures that no one may have taken before him :

It looks like this view (port amidships) is more or less original, note the windows.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3788/12212908363_5eac94b483.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12212908363/)
It looks like this view (port amidships) is more or less original, note the windows (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12212908363/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Section aft  of the previous & major works have been carried out to windows in some previous refit, I would guess (prefer the original myself).

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2820/12212897143_2b44ac481f.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12212897143/)
Section aft of the previous & major works have been carried out to windows (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12212897143/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

This beautiful chest is in the background of image1 above, so well looked after & on lifting the lid, found it contains cones, hose pipes, warning notices (re slippy deck ) & general paraphernalia, it's got to go somewhere I guess. I'd give it a good home!.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2892/12212686105_2ee846c0e5.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12212686105/)
Beautiful chest filled with various paraphernalia (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12212686105/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Took the liberty of opening these two simple metal lockers, on starboard side, contents similar to the pristine chest on the opposite side of the ship.

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Simple metal locker, on starboard side (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12212873383/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2824/12213057344_a4344400a2_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12213057344/)
Simple metal locker, on starboard side (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12213057344/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Nov 29, 2013, 11:53 PM
Thank you very much for all these views, Pete! You take us into all the nooks and crannies that we wanted to see. I wonder whether there were any where you still found the original name Vistafjord?
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Nov 30, 2013, 03:03 PM
Thank you again very much Pete for taking all of these wonderful photos and adding commentary and for Isabelle posting them.  It is most interesting to see parts of the ship one would not normally see.  The wooden chest is truly beautiful. 
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: pete cain on Nov 30, 2013, 08:25 PM
Isabelle, sorry to report I couldn't find reference to Vistafjord  anywhere on board (not for the lack of trying I might add), was so glad to find the remnants of Caronia on the port bow  posted quite a while ago. I hope Rosie comes back with  something exciting on her return. BTW thanks June.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Dec 05, 2013, 06:58 PM
And now, the last day dawns, with Pete enjoying every minute while he can :

So here it is, the last day at sea. Feeling sorry for myself, so indulging myself, took a photo of the last morning room service tray.

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Photo of the last morning room service tray (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12311385286/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

After yet another superb breakfast, took myself to the launderette, anybody familiar with QE2 will recognise these machines, even a TV & copy of the daily bulletin to hand, almost like old times!

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Saga Ruby launderette (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12310946055/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

OK, there are many images of Ruby's 180 degree lounge, but I had never noticed that there are 2 colour schemes contained  within, a deep mulberry in the inner ring & a light sage green in the outer, this theme is carried seamlessly into the South Cape bar, as maybe noticed in the top right hand corner.

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Ruby's 180 degree lounge (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12311096093/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

I counted 4 pianos on Ruby & all are firmly anchored to the deck (the piano in the ballroom is moved as required for performances).

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7294/12311395066_be1c694711_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12311395066/)
Piano firmly anchored to the deck (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12311395066/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Looking aft along the length of the South Cape bar, I found this room had a similar feel to that of QE2's Chart Room.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3717/12310923355_52f8bc6c37.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12310923355/)
South Cape bar (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12310923355/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Dec 05, 2013, 07:13 PM
More photos taken by Pete during his wanderings on his last day at sea :

Card Room, situated starboard side behind the Brittania lounge, quiet on this occasion.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5502/12310841395_036e6b5004_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12310841395/)
Card Room, situated starboard side behind the Brittania lounge, quiet on this occasion (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12310841395/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Library was quiet, as was the theatre /cinema, a bit eerie after being so busy for a couple of weeks.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3701/12311290894_63260c274e_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12311290894/)
Library was quiet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12311290894/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3760/12311324604_f07614d637.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12311324604/)
Theatre / cinema was quiet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12311324604/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Ruby's longest corridor? A deck portside looking forward.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2882/12310874465_60915068e8.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12310874465/)
Moving forward along this corridor (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12310874465/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Moving forward along this corridor is illustrated the narrowing of the hull toward the bow.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7391/12311025823_3cfd7e1762.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12311025823/)
Ruby's longest corridor? (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12311025823/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Twynkle on Dec 05, 2013, 07:44 PM
Hi Everyone,
Pete's image above this post was taken outside the cabin we vacated earlier today!
After a lovely time on board, we said our farewells to both new friends, and the wonderful ship, Saga Ruby.
There's more, (probably much more to follow!) both from Pete as well as myself - this is written in haste as just home, and wishing to say thank you again, to both Pete and Isabelle.
Rosie

Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Dec 06, 2013, 03:41 PM
Many thanks to Pete for the wonderful pictures of Ruby and the commentary.  Many thanks to Isabelle for posting all of this wonderful information.  Many thanks to Rosie for your post.  I shall look forward to seeing more !
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Dec 23, 2013, 12:13 AM
Another series of photos taken by Pete on the last day of this voyage :

Mid afternoon, sailing inevitably towards Dover...

Big yellow funnel in daylight :

[i(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7411/12310908805_1cf9ab3cb1.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12310908805/)
Big yellow funnel in daylight (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12310908805/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Last afternoon tea :

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3691/12310911745_73e88721f8.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12310911745/)
Last afternoon tea (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12310911745/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Quick look in 'the pre-view ' bar, noting one of Ruby's tied down pianos :

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3762/12311058863_9b73998a4b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12311058863/)
Quick look in 'the pre-view ' bar, noting one of Ruby's tied down pianos (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12311058863/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Dec 23, 2013, 12:22 AM
And Pete continues by looking for artwork.

Hanging in the North Cape bar, an image of Vistafjord (very nice) :

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3668/12310815975_e26fcced71.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12310815975/)
Image of Vistafjord in the North Cape Bar (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12310815975/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

A more modern view as Saga Ruby, hanging adjacent to the piano  in the same room :

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2817/12310827465_f075cfb038.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12310827465/)
More modern view as Saga Ruby (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12310827465/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

The previously posted image of Caronia sited on the spiral staircase :

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7419/12310830075_c457dc5fbd.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12310830075/)
Picture of the original Caronia (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/12310830075/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

That's all I could find.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Dec 23, 2013, 04:03 PM
Many thanks to Pete for his marvelous photos and commentary and to Isabelle for posting them.  I appreciate very much each additional post.  I do hope there are more.  June
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Dec 27, 2013, 01:41 AM
Pete continues as his last day on this voyage moves into afternoon and evening :

Mid afternoon finds a brief shower & clear decks.

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Brief shower and clear decks (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11574864975/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Noticed in the Lido (starboard) bare window framing, the only place on the ship I think.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3670/11574862865_f07f144030_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11574862865/)
Bare window framing (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11574862865/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Only 10ft away on the starboard stairway, the (to be expected) decorated window framing.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3772/11574854795_a752a13a53_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11574854795/)
Decorated window framing (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11574854795/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Dec 27, 2013, 04:20 PM
Thank you very much to Pete for sharing and to Isabelle for posting these pictures of Ruby.  The rainbow is great.  It reminds me of a photo of our QE2 taken from a distance.  There is a rainbow and it lands right on QE2 !!  Are there more pictures and commentary ?  I hope ?  Thanks again !  June
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Dec 27, 2013, 06:47 PM
Thank you, June. And yes, I too thought the rainbow was beautiful!

Are there more pictures and commentary ?  I hope ?  Thanks again !  June

More pictures and commentary to follow, but most of them are here now.

You may have noticed that I started a Flickr account for the most recent pictures, so as not to overburden the QE2Story Gallery with non-QE2 pictures -- and so, it will be easy to upload more as time goes on. Bit by bit, I may also transfer the other pictures into this account.

The Flickr account is here, with at present just three pictures, but it is set to grow :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03

The other pictures are here, in the QE2Story Gallery :

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=105
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Dec 31, 2013, 03:26 PM
Hi Isabelle - Thank you very much for your post and all the information about the pictures.  The Flickr account is great !  Thanks again for all of your great work !  June
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Jan 02, 2014, 12:51 AM
Pete continues into his final evening :

Ruby's Lido, busy, busy, busy, from 07-00 am till late, I like this café, however didn't get a lot of images because, if it's not being used, it's being cleaned! There are plenty of pictures out there of the Lido, so just took a few.

Forward starboard bulkhead (the one between the bare framed window, in the Lido, & the dressed or finished, what ever it's called on the stairs as shewn previously). A general shot with heavy probably expensive glass plaques to decorate.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7418/11697526695_2c8e9b881e_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11697526695/)
Forward starboard bulkhead in the Lido (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11697526695/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Close up, maybe on a photo they don't look too good, but they are a nice touch in the room.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3749/11697903964_0caf18d1b5_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11697903964/)
Close-up of the forward glass plaques (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11697903964/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

As day inevitably turns to night, the atmosphere changes also, the lighting in here changes ever so slowly, all the colours with some in between I think. Note part of the deckhead is pink/mauve.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7304/11697942734_e92b144e23_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11697942734/)
Evening lighting in the Lido (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11697942734/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

This display is sited towards the forward end of the lido facing the ballroom, you don't notice it during the day but at night it's an attractive feature, changing colour in sympathy with the rest of the lighting. There is a reflection towards the rear glass wall of the lido in this feature only visible when it's lit. Tried to find how these fish were wired for power, not successful, must be magic, ceiling lighting turning green.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5539/11697906884_acfc441351_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11697906884/)
Evening display in the Lido (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11697906884/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

This room has a quiet about it in the evening, after the constant buzz of the day, we found ourselves here a few evenings for dinner, sharing with the lecturers, performers, ship staff who had visitors & the like, a nice place. Couldn't believe it might be 'dead' so soon.

Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Jan 02, 2014, 01:01 AM
And here, Pete's Saga Ruby story ends... temporarily!

Last morning & arrival into Dover, very misty, no detail to make out until nearly in port, however within an hour a brilliantly sunny morning.  Good bye Ruby, bon voyage & good luck ...........................................

Before going down to get ready for our last dinner, I took a walk around the Promenade deck, every table & chair, etc etc had been cleared to accommodate these collapsible containers. Had a walk up long after dinner, & the deck staff had begun to load them with passenger cases ready for disembarkation next morning.

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Collapsible containers for disembarkation (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11697712655/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Up nice & early so as not to miss the sail in to Dover, quite atmospheric in the mist, just gliding in almost unnoticed.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5489/11697709535_463e25fb4d_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11697709535/)
Sail in to Dover on a misty morning (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11697709535/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

After yet another superb breakfast, a last look around whilst waiting to disembark.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7348/11698082214_a1c029d8d9_n.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11698082214/)
Final walk around the promenade deck (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11698082214/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Jan 02, 2014, 01:05 AM
Pete then added :

I was going to do a little postscript about comparisons & approach to steel/aluminium transition joints  comparing the different approaches made by construction shipyards. QE2, Oriana, Vistafjord (& her nearly identical sister), but maybe this has gone on long enough.

My wife & I are off for our last visit to Ruby on Thursday 5 Dec for a 36 hr cross channel jolly that has been squeezed in before her final departure on Saturday 7 Dec, so I'll take the camera & try & get a ceiling shot of the beautiful forward staircase. I'll take as many as possible...

Thank you, Pete -- and so, there are some more pictures and stories to come!
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Jan 02, 2014, 10:30 AM
Today I decided to go back to the first post to read again Pete's fantastic blog that accompanies the photos he took onboard Saga Ruby.  First thing that comes to mind is how well maintained the interior of ship looks and then comes the enjoyment of studying the detail of each photo. 

Pete you have done a magnificent piece of work and produced a most enjoyable record of the ship. 
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Jan 02, 2014, 05:54 PM
Hi Pete and Isabelle - Thank you again so very much for posting pictures and commentary here about Ruby.  It is wonderful to see the pictures and read the commentary, and also so sad to know that Ruby is heading into retirement.  I hope it will be kind to her.  Lynda, I was also taken with how well maintained the interior appears to be.  Thanks again !  June
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (December 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Jan 07, 2014, 08:16 AM
Pete writes following his cruise :

So sad to hear from Rosie, about Ruby breaking down en-route to the Carribbean on her last cruise, we had one final chance of a 36 hour mini cruise from Southampton to Honfleurs (just round the corner from Le Havre), to sample this lady. At that time she was working perfectly with no problems (some modern ships have had more spectacular failures).

However it looks as though without massive spending, her sea days are done!

Just wanted to add a few more images of that quikki to add to the rest as a postscript.

Ruby glides stately as a galleon towards her berth (complete with Rosie on the bit at the front, beneath the bridge).

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3687/11814250465_957633becd.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814250465/)
Gliding towards her berth (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814250465/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Turning to come alongside, in the weak autumn sunshine.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3819/11814661414_c6c8fd6444.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814661414/)
Turning to come alongside (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814661414/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Almost there.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3680/11814246245_8c04fae58f.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814246245/)
Almost there (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814246245/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

These were taken through the hotel windows, which were salt stained so they are a bit hazy.

Writing this, have just realised that if Ruby stays in the Med after her final re-arranged Christmas cruise, & Saga fly people home, then this was her last docking. Only time will tell...
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (December 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Jan 07, 2014, 08:23 AM
He continues with pictures taken during the mini cruise :

After dinner (yes, wonderful) took a turn around prom deck, cleaning work as ever. I didn't want to disturb these gents, so took images in night mode so as not to cause a flash, as a consequence they are a bit soft.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2820/11814740254_03fbd3052a.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814740254/)
Cleaning work at night (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814740254/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3692/11814738274_80d619849e.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814738274/)
Cleaning work at night (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814738274/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7436/11815066576_a25a7b3bae.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11815066576/)
Cleaning work at night (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11815066576/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3691/11814733424_2939dc52de.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814733424/)
Cleaning work at night (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814733424/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (December 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Jan 07, 2014, 08:33 AM
And here is the final posting in this series from Pete :

The one day we were in port was cool, clear & blessed with weak autumn sunshine.

Big yellow funnel catches the sun above the French roof line.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5486/11815155806_f726c290aa.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11815155806/)
Big yellow funnel catches the sun (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11815155806/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Only one month to go before withdrawal & still they keep her looking good (failed to catch this on the Baltic).

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7361/11814663973_c9fd7f9844.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814663973/)
Still keeping her looking good (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814663973/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

I think this has to go under 'corrections', on our last visit I was trying to catch old/original ceiling lighting details throughout the ship. This view is of the aft entrance to the dining room (I with my bad memory mistook it for the forward staircase, which doesn't look anything like it. The forward staircase must have had a refit at some stage & has lost the 'look'. Thought I'd correct it whilst I had the chance.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7319/11815160476_9a44a7e022.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11815160476/)
Aft entrance to the dining room (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11815160476/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

That's definitely it!
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (December 2013)
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Jan 07, 2014, 08:52 AM
Pete writes following his cruise :

So sad to hear from Rosie, about Ruby breaking down en-route to the Carribbean on her last cruise, we had one final chance of a 36 hour mini cruise from Southampton to Honfleurs (just round the corner from Le Havre), to sample this lady. At that time she was working perfectly with no problems (some modern ships have had more spectacular failures).

However it looks as though without massive spending, her sea days are done!

Just wanted to add a few more images of that quikki to add to the rest as a postscript.

Ruby glides stately as a galleon towards her berth (complete with Rosie on the bit at the front, beneath the bridge).

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3687/11814250465_957633becd.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814250465/)
Gliding towards her berth (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814250465/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Turning to come alongside, in the weak autumn sunshine.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3819/11814661414_c6c8fd6444.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814661414/)
Turning to come alongside (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814661414/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

Almost there.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3680/11814246245_8c04fae58f.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814246245/)
Almost there (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112597528@N03/11814246245/) by petercainqe2 (https://www.flickr.com/people/112597528@N03/), on Flickr

These were taken through the hotel windows, which were salt stained so they are a bit hazy.

Writing this, have just realised that if Ruby stays in the Med after her final re-arranged Christmas cruise, & Saga fly people home, then this was her last docking. Only time will tell...

The sheer on that vessel is beautiful - they definitely dont make them like that anymore!!

G
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Jan 08, 2014, 08:41 PM
Hi Pete - Thank you very much for pictures of Ruby and commentary and thank you to Isabelle for posting them.  They are indeed beautiful pictures !  It is comforting to see Ruby being cleaned and taken care of even though her retirement was looming at the time of the photos.  She is indeed a pretty ship and I hope she fares well.  June
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Jan 08, 2014, 08:52 PM
I was going to do a little postscript about comparisons & approach to steel/aluminium transition joints  comparing the different approaches made by construction shipyards. QE2, Oriana, Vistafjord (& her nearly identical sister), but maybe this has gone on long enough.

Not at all, Pete -- looking forward to your reflections on these issues.

Thank you for the photos and the story, which I greatly enjoyed uploading -- and thank you, June, for your kindness and appreciation.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Jan 08, 2014, 09:03 PM
Hi Isabelle - Thank you for your post and kind words, and, yes to Pete, please tell us more.  June
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Jan 09, 2014, 05:45 PM
Hi Pete and Rosie - It appears from your pictures that Ruby was very well kept up inside and out.  The inside looks very shiny and new.  That is quite refreshing to see.  June
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Jan 10, 2014, 06:32 PM
The photos I uploaded most recently, are already in Pete's Flickr album. Gradually, I am now replacing the earlier ones too and providing the Flickr links.

An advantage of Flickr is that you can click the picture within the story and arrive directly on the Flickr web site, where you can choose to see the picture in a larger and even original size.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Jan 10, 2014, 07:31 PM
Thanks, Isabelle, for your information and for all the work you are doing.  It is truly great to have this documentation by Pete and yourself about Saga Ruby !  June
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: pete cain on Jan 10, 2014, 08:44 PM
Dear June,a bit sad at the moment watching Ruby sail away for the last time, albeit on the marine site as an arrow, (I watched QE2 leave on her webcam) the feeling is strangely , the same,witnessing something never to be repeated. Isabelle has done the forum & me proud, logging on my behalf, a bit of history passing, thankyou Isabelle I couldn't have done it on my own. The Flikr thing is beyond me, I'll rely totally on you, however the story behind it, with the photos,belong here on the forum. I hope Ruby has a future, she deserves it, however I think that if plans for her future don't go to plan,then she hasn't got the high profile that QE2  rightly deserves & might disappear off the screen. Saga really didn't get it, (sound familiar?)
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Jan 13, 2014, 05:09 PM
Hi Pete - Thanks very much for your post and thanks again for your pictures and commentary and also to Isabelle for doing such a wonderful job in preserving Ruby's legacy as Ruby heads off to retirement.  It does all sound way too familiar in many ways.  Good luck to you, Ruby !
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Apr 11, 2017, 03:30 PM
Hi All -

I would like to bring forward Pete Cain's topic about his final cruise on Saga Ruby.  The commentary and the photos are wonderful.  In view of where Ruby is right now, it is fitting to review Pete's last cruise aboard this fabulous "little" ship, almost a mini QE2.

June
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Aug 09, 2017, 03:32 PM
Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby topic has some wonderful photos of Ruby and great commentary.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Andy Holloway on Aug 09, 2017, 06:26 PM
These photos bring back many, many happy memories of my 3 years on Vistafjord/Caronia and the many, many ports around the world that, had it not been for her, i would not have visited.

But although it's sad that she's gone, like a favourite pet, there comes a time when you have to say 'goodbye' and let them go. But the memories will live on forever.
It was during my time onboard her that i met some truly, wonderful people, from ALL nationalities.

I am truly proud to say that i served on-board Vistafjord/Caronia, when she was truly a CUNARD ship!
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: June Ingram on Aug 09, 2017, 06:30 PM
Thanks very much, Andy, for sharing your thoughts with us and for your wonderful tribute !   :)
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Pete Hamill on Aug 09, 2017, 09:24 PM
Great to see this thread aired again.

That is an absolutely brilliant photographic record of a great ship.
You can tell she is from the same era as QE2 - real wood everywhere and nicely fitted out accommodation.

Thanks for bringing her back to life for a brief spell.
Title: Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
Post by: Andy Holloway on Aug 09, 2017, 11:31 PM
My three children were lucky enough to travel on Vistafjord twice.

On one occasion Cunard were operating a two for one offer and as such the single cabins on 'Main' Deck were virtually unsold and my children were each allocated their own cabin.  It was wonderful as there were no arguments about who was taking too long in the bathroom, who still had their bedside light on or who couldn't get to sleep! 

Later, when Vistafjord became Caronia, i was still onboard and managed to 'acquire' the glass room number plates from each of their cabins, when i went home on leave i screwed them the heir respective bedroom doors as a small reminder of their time onboard Vista. They still have them to this day, some 18/19 years later.