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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #20 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 :


Starboard viewing blister (looking aft) by petercainqe2, on Flickr


Standing inside blister, looking forward by petercainqe2, on Flickr


All those curves and teak flooring to boot by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


Meticulously looked after by petercainqe2, 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!!!!!


Maintenance work continues by petercainqe2, on Flickr

Nice stainless steel finials keeping those vulnerable end pieces safe.


Nice stainless steel finials keeping those vulnerable end pieces safe by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


40 year old joint on the bit beneath the bridge by petercainqe2, on Flickr
« Last Edit: Jan 17, 2014, 06:49 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #21 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.


Years of paint across the switch by petercainqe2, on Flickr


Brass turned a lovely shade of green by petercainqe2, 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.


Gutter on Prom Deck with years of paint by petercainqe2, 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.


The equivalent of the "blue plastic mugs" on QE2 by petercainqe2, on Flickr
« Last Edit: Jan 17, 2014, 06:50 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #22 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


The best I could get of Ruby's bell  by petercainqe2, on Flickr

Captain Erik waits for the getaway


Captain Erik waits for the getaway by petercainqe2, on Flickr

Ruby prepares to enter the locks at Brunsb├╝ttel


Ruby prepares to enter the locks at Brunsb├╝ttel by petercainqe2, on Flickr

In the lock for the penultimate time

In the lock for the penultimate time  by petercainqe2, 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


Looking forward  by petercainqe2, on Flickr

Looking aft


Looking aft  by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


Looking through the glass roof into 'The View' by petercainqe2, 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.


19 kn into the North Sea  by petercainqe2, on Flickr
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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #23 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.
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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #24 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


Shot astern going in by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


Ruby framed by a Stockholm street  by petercainqe2, on Flickr

90 degree turn (one of many) leaving Stockholm


90 degree turn (one of many) leaving Stockholm by petercainqe2, on Flickr

Hopefully an indication of the twists & turns


Hopefully an indication of the twists and turns by petercainqe2, on Flickr
« Last Edit: Jan 17, 2014, 06:52 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #25 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.


Headed to Helsinki in the white night by petercainqe2, on Flickr


Leaving Stockholm at dusk by petercainqe2, on Flickr


Sunset behind Ruby by petercainqe2, on Flickr
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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #26 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.


Arrival in Helsinki  by petercainqe2, on Flickr


Ready to turn and dock in Helsinki  by petercainqe2, 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?).


Ruby's business end caught in the sun by petercainqe2, 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.


Looking aft along her starboard flank  by petercainqe2, on Flickr
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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #27 on: Oct 15, 2013, 09:14 PM »
Pete Cain continues from Helsinki :

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


Looking up to the starboard viewing blister  by petercainqe2, 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.


Starboard bow shot by petercainqe2, on Flickr   


Was she really in dry dock for a major paint job only 9 months previously? by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


Gorgeous curves, showing the transition joint  by petercainqe2, 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.
« Last Edit: Jan 17, 2014, 06:55 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #28 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.


Arriving in St Petersburg by petercainqe2, 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.


Marco Polo arriving in Talinn by petercainqe2, on Flickr

Marco Polo's bridge area.


Marco Polo's bridge area by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


Marco Polo with some stress fatigue by petercainqe2, on Flickr
« Last Edit: Jan 19, 2014, 08:54 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #29 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.

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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #30 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!.

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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #31 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.
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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #32 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


3/4 starboard shot of two old ladies soaking up the autumn sun by petercainqe2, on Flickr

Well she's just beautiful isn't she.


Beautiful, isn't she by petercainqe2, on Flickr
       

Just beautiful by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


With Marco Polo in Talinn by petercainqe2, on Flickr
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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #33 on: Oct 16, 2013, 09:38 PM »
Pete Cain's voyage continues, now to Riga :

Another lovely dawn, the sail into Riga.


Another lovely dawn, the sail into Riga by petercainqe2, 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.


A good look at her superstructure by petercainqe2, 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.


The RO of CARONIA in the space between SAGA and RUBY? by petercainqe2, on Flickr


Barely visible : RO by petercainqe2, on Flickr
« Last Edit: Jan 19, 2014, 09:00 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #34 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.


No sign of the dark Cunard paint by petercainqe2, 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.


Kissed by the dockside by petercainqe2, 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.


No sign of the Cunard lettering by petercainqe2, 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.


Casting her shadow by petercainqe2, 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.
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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #35 on: Oct 17, 2013, 02:49 PM »
So very true !  Marvelous trip, pictures, and commentary !
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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #36 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.

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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #37 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!


Pilot boat having a rough time of it, these pilots have to be agile by petercainqe2, 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.


Approach to Ventspills with pilot boat to port bow by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


Tug assistance for the turn (probably because of the wind) & a sudden squall by petercainqe2, 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.


Ruby strains against the ropes in the very strong wind by petercainqe2, on Flickr
« Last Edit: Jan 20, 2014, 09:04 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #38 on: Oct 21, 2013, 08:59 PM »
A couple more pictures sent in by Pete from Ventspils :


Saga Ruby in Ventspils by petercainqe2, on Flickr

Note the number of ropes holding her alongside :


So many ropes holding Saga Ruby in Ventspils by petercainqe2, on Flickr
« Last Edit: Jan 20, 2014, 09:05 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #39 on: Oct 21, 2013, 09:25 PM »
Great posts - wonderful ship.