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Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

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).


The Story of Saga Rose and Saga Ruby by petercainqe2, on Flickr


The Story of Saga Rose and Saga Ruby by petercainqe2, on Flickr


The Story of Saga Rose and Saga Ruby by petercainqe2, on Flickr
« Last Edit: Jan 10, 2014, 06:20 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

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).


From the train window to Saga Ruby by petercainqe2, on Flickr


Up to her port bridge area by petercainqe2, on Flickr


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


Home for the next 2 weeks -- cabin 238 by petercainqe2, on Flickr


Bathroom of cabin 238 by petercainqe2, on Flickr
« Last Edit: Jan 10, 2014, 06:24 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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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.


Entrance to the dining room, with the escalators to the left behind the partition by petercainqe2, on Flickr

Walking further aft a table set for 8.


A table set for 8. by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


The dining room on Saga Ruby by petercainqe2, 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.


A table for 2 by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


Looking down the servery escalators by petercainqe2, 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.


The ever ready workstations alongside the escalators by petercainqe2, 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.


Guitar & marrakas for the singing waiters by petercainqe2, on Flickr

The ever ready workstation alongside the escalators :


Steward workstations in the Dining Room by petercainqe2, on Flickr


Steward workstations in the Dining Room by petercainqe2, on Flickr
« Last Edit: Jan 11, 2014, 10:37 AM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Why is Saga Ruby being retired ?  Since she was built in 1973 (I think ?), did she meet the SOLAS 2010 requirements ?
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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.

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Thanks, Pete, for this information.
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Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

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''.


Saga Ruby crew at work by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


Forward anchor party have a chat waiting for cast off by petercainqe2, 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.


Ruby reverses out of Dover by petercainqe2, on Flickr
« Last Edit: Jan 11, 2014, 12:41 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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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


Looking aft starboard promenade deck by petercainqe2, on Flickr

Port side viewing blister


Port side viewing blister by petercainqe2, on Flickr

All lined up to perfection, waiting for cushions  tomorrow


All lined up to perfection, waiting for cushions tomorrow by petercainqe2, on Flickr
« Last Edit: Jan 13, 2014, 07:18 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Pete Cain continues :

Big yellow funnel


Big yellow funnel by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


Looking aft & down the stairs to the rear (lower) deck, above rear anchor/docking station by petercainqe2, on Flickr

And so to bed it's been a long day.
« Last Edit: Jan 13, 2014, 07:19 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

Offline Clydebuilt1971

Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #10 on: Oct 10, 2013, 01:08 PM »
Fantastic shots of a classic vessel - keep em comin!!

 ;D

Gav

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #11 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.


Lower quarter deck looking forward by petercainqe2, on Flickr


Lower quarter deck looking forward by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


Lower quarter deck door by petercainqe2, on Flickr


Lower quarter deck porthole in door by petercainqe2, on Flickr
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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #13 on: Oct 10, 2013, 08:12 PM »
Absolutely wonderful pictures and commentary.
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Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #14 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.

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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #15 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.

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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #16 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 ? 
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Offline pete cain

Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #17 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.

Offline andy liney

Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #18 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?

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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #19 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.