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Offline Twynkle

Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #80 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

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.

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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #81 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 !
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Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #82 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 :

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Big yellow funnel in daylight by petercainqe2, on Flickr

Last afternoon tea :


Last afternoon tea by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


Quick look in 'the pre-view ' bar, noting one of Ruby's tied down pianos by petercainqe2, on Flickr
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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #83 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) :


Image of Vistafjord in the North Cape Bar by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


More modern view as Saga Ruby by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


Picture of the original Caronia by petercainqe2, on Flickr

That's all I could find.
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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #84 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
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Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #85 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.


Brief shower and clear decks by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


Bare window framing by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


Decorated window framing by petercainqe2, on Flickr
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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #86 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
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Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #87 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
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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #88 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
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Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #89 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.


Forward starboard bulkhead in the Lido by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


Close-up of the forward glass plaques by petercainqe2, 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.


Evening lighting in the Lido by petercainqe2, 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.


Evening display in the Lido by petercainqe2, 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.


Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #90 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.


Collapsible containers for disembarkation by petercainqe2, 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.


Sail in to Dover on a misty morning by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


Final walk around the promenade deck by petercainqe2, on Flickr

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #91 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!

Offline Lynda Bradford

Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #92 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. 
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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #93 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
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Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (December 2013)
« Reply #94 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).


Gliding towards her berth by petercainqe2, on Flickr

Turning to come alongside, in the weak autumn sunshine.


Turning to come alongside by petercainqe2, on Flickr

Almost there.


Almost there by petercainqe2, 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...
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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (December 2013)
« Reply #95 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.


Cleaning work at night by petercainqe2, on Flickr


Cleaning work at night by petercainqe2, on Flickr


Cleaning work at night by petercainqe2, on Flickr


Cleaning work at night by petercainqe2, on Flickr
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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (December 2013)
« Reply #96 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.


Big yellow funnel catches the sun by petercainqe2, on Flickr

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


Still keeping her looking good by petercainqe2, 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.


Aft entrance to the dining room by petercainqe2, on Flickr

That's definitely it!
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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (December 2013)
« Reply #97 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).


Gliding towards her berth by petercainqe2, on Flickr

Turning to come alongside, in the weak autumn sunshine.


Turning to come alongside by petercainqe2, on Flickr

Almost there.


Almost there by petercainqe2, 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
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Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #98 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
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Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Pete Cain's final cruise on Saga Ruby (August / September 2013)
« Reply #99 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.