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Offline Bruce Nicholls

Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #40 on: Sep 09, 2013, 09:15 AM »
The "New owner" however could still be planning only one one-way voyage.

Offline pete cain

Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #41 on: Sep 09, 2013, 04:29 PM »
Talking to one of the officers last week , strictly off record & don't quote me, phrases being used ,but Africa was mentioned as a destination.

Offline pete cain

Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #42 on: Sep 10, 2013, 08:39 PM »
Anyway, allowing for the hour,.only 1 week ago, and to be repeated 1 last time, arrival at the western locks of the Keil canal, prior to a southerly run down the North Sea heading for Dover. (wish I'd done this sort of thing for QE2)

Offline andy liney

Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #43 on: Sep 17, 2013, 03:12 PM »
...and here's a version in daylight (taken from on board 'Discovery' as she exited the canal at Brunsbuttel  atabout 18.00 on 13 September).

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Offline andy liney

Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #44 on: Sep 17, 2013, 03:16 PM »
PS Saga Ruby was waiting to enter the lock (we were the last ship out before she did so) as she headed towards the Baltic.

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #45 on: Sep 18, 2013, 07:21 AM »
We also did the Nord-Ostsee (Kiel) Canal transit on the same ship (Caronia at the time), and thought that, even for this reason alone, the smaller ships have a great advantage...

Beautiful scenery and enthusiastic people abounded.

Offline June Ingram

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Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #46 on: Oct 04, 2013, 09:45 PM »
She's a pretty ship.
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Offline tdickson

Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #47 on: Oct 07, 2013, 06:51 PM »
As of this Thursday 10th October 2013 she starts her final sailings from Southampton
Good Luck 'Ruby'

Offline pete cain

Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #48 on: Oct 26, 2013, 08:42 PM »
 I know this site is dedicated to QE2 & I feel as though I've hi jacked it a bit of late , with all the Ruby posts, but, is there a hint (reading between the lines) that there might be life for Ruby after Saga.'' Sailing out of Dover for the last time, as Saga Ruby''. I don't know , maybe wishfull thinking.


http://travel.saga.co.uk/holidays/ocean-cruises/saga-ruby/captains-blog.aspx?year=2013&month=9

Offline tdickson

Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #49 on: Oct 27, 2013, 07:40 AM »
After taking thousands of travellers to thousands of ports of call on voyages that have spanned the globe Saga Ruby will gracefully retire in December 2013, after a glorious 40-year career.
Then and Now her career @ Sea:
1973; Built as 'MS Vistafjord' in Newcastle upon Tyne for Norwegian American Line, she was the last cruise ship built in Britain.
1974; Sets sail for her first ever World Cruise, which was 94 nights long and visited 23 ports of call.
It marks the start of a glittering career as a long distance cruise line.
1983; Purchased by Cunard, who sailed her for 15 years before renaming her MS Caronia
2003; Saga begin talks to purchase the ship, a move which would reunite her with her sister, Saga Rose.
2005; The newly-named Saga Ruby is treated to a lavish £17 million-pound refurbishment by her new owners.
2006; Embarks on her first World Cruise under the Saga flag, taking in 40 ports of call across Africa, Asia and the Americas.
2008; After sailing south to Antarctica, she becomes the first Saga ship to take passengers on an intriguing 'Mystery Cruise'.
2013; Her Final 'World Cruise' reduced from 109 nights to 61 as she spends most of January/February berthed in Southampton
2013; To celebrate 40 years at sea, Saga Ruby will spend the year returning to classic ports throughout the Norwegian Fjords, Mediterranean, Baltic, Canary Islands, the Caribbean

2014; Who Knows what lies ahead for this famous 'Old Timer'

 
« Last Edit: Oct 27, 2013, 12:44 PM by tdickson »

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Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #50 on: Oct 27, 2013, 08:31 AM »
Curious to know why she spent so much time berthed in Southampton in Jan/Feb 2012?
Don't just be part of her past, be part of her history!

Offline tdickson

Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #51 on: Oct 27, 2013, 12:43 PM »
Saga Ruby RTW Update
January 18, 2013 - 2:08 pm
We thank everyone who was due to travel on Saga Ruby's final Round the World Cruise for their continued patience and understanding.
The technical team that has investigated the engine problem has determined that work is required on an engine crankshaft and bearings. This is time consuming and Ruby will be ready to sail from 20 February.

We have completed work on what promises to be a fantastic new itinerary and are contacting all affected customers to discuss these new arrangements very soon.
We know customers are disappointed not to be cruising around the world, and so we have focused our efforts on enhancing both ports of call and onboard entertainment - in short making it the 'best of the best' on Saga Ruby.

Robin Shaw Chief Executive of Saga Cruising, Saga Ruby

Stand corrected. It was Jan 2013. Seems such a long time ago already
« Last Edit: Oct 27, 2013, 12:45 PM by tdickson »

Offline Gill

Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #52 on: Oct 31, 2013, 06:29 PM »
Saga Ruby is apparently being sold.  She will return to Southampton from her Caribbean Cruise on 7th January and once all passengers have disembarked she will be handed over to her new owners.  That came from Saga themselves. Today they have told me that at the moment there is nothing finalised, but we can only hope she goes to a good home.

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Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #53 on: Oct 31, 2013, 06:51 PM »
Let us truly hope that Saga Ruby will be better treated and treated with more respect than our beloved QE2...
QE2 - the ship for all of time, a ship of timeless beauty !

Offline Twynkle

Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #54 on: Oct 31, 2013, 11:47 PM »
Let us truly hope that Saga Ruby will be better treated and treated with more respect than our beloved QE2...

June, until December 2012, QE2 was kept in extremely good order by V-ships and her project manager.
Since then, there has been no detailed information published regarding her condition.

Saga employees to date have not been given any details regarding the  future of Saga Ruby.
Many hope  that she won't be sailed up the River Yangste for scrapping as her sister ship was.
There is speculation that SR will survive although no-one can be certain that she will sail again as a passenger ship.
« Last Edit: Oct 31, 2013, 11:51 PM by Twynkle »
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline tdickson

Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #55 on: Nov 01, 2013, 05:20 AM »
I was under the impression that after her final sailing from Southampton 7th December 2013 31 nights farewell cruise that she is returning to Dover !

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Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #56 on: Nov 01, 2013, 04:01 PM »
June, until December 2012, QE2 was kept in extremely good order by V-ships and her project manager.
Since then, there has been no detailed information published regarding her condition.

Saga employees to date have not been given any details regarding the  future of Saga Ruby.
Many hope  that she won't be sailed up the River Yangste for scrapping as her sister ship was.
There is speculation that SR will survive although no-one can be certain that she will sail again as a passenger ship.

Yes, I do believe that our QE2 was well cared for until V-Ships left at the end of last year.  Plus she was in a warm lay up which is definitely a plus.  But just imagine what could and probably has happened to her since, as she has gone into a cold lay up as far as we know.  Almost a whole year has gone by with probably no systems running. 

Hopefully Ruby can be saved by some firm or someone...
QE2 - the ship for all of time, a ship of timeless beauty !

Offline pete cain

Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #57 on: Nov 01, 2013, 04:20 PM »
A link to Dover Ferry Photos, showing her last departure from Dover.   
   
       http://www.doverferryphotosforums.co.uk/mv-saga-ruby-past-and-present/http://
   
  Forgot to add , double click on images to getem bigger
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Offline tdickson

Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #58 on: Nov 09, 2013, 08:39 AM »
Saga Ruby was in trouble again yesterday as she sailed in to Southampton with the aid of a couple of tugs, rumour has it that she has been having engine problems on her previous cruise, consequently missing a few ports of call. She was due to depart yesterday @ 16.00 hrs, after her 606 pax boarded during the afternoon, only to be told after muster, that she was to spend her first night in Southampton, and hopefully sail early in the morning before breakfast, this she has done departing 'City Terminal' @ officially 06.01 hrs.

Good Luck 'Ruby'
No further news on who her new owners are !!

Incidentally if anyone is still thinking about joining 'Ruby' for her farewell cruise, cabins are available in most grades
Prices start for the 31 nights @ £ 5729 - £ 20203 per passenger
« Last Edit: Nov 09, 2013, 08:56 AM by tdickson »

Offline Michael Gallagher

Re: Final Year for Saga Ruby
« Reply #59 on: Nov 09, 2013, 09:07 AM »
I attended a memorial service to Bernard Crisp (longtime Cunard Director) on Saga Ruby yesterday. It was lovely to be back on board Vistafjord / Caronia and Saga have refitted her very well.

She does have a future and has been sold to new owners - details to be announced and when there is a small chance that she and QE2 will spend a lot of time together!