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Offline tdickson

Saga Ruby after Saga
« on: Jan 10, 2014, 08:56 PM »
She set sail with a skeleton staff of just a few, just after a 15.15 hrs  this afternoon, sharing exchange whistles from Saga Pearl 11, which was berthed just ahead of her at Berth 101, City Terminal, Southampton. She was waved off from the quayside by many leaving crew members and senior shoreside staff from HD to her new life in Asia, I do believe. I took lots of photos in the rain & hopefully post them when I have time.

Good Luck 'Ruby' in your New Life (Where ever)

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #1 on: Jan 10, 2014, 11:13 PM »
Static hotel in Burma, according to a tweet from Paul Clifton at the BBC.
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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #2 on: Jan 11, 2014, 12:45 PM »
Paul Clifton did a nice piece for the BBC including a video

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-25687591

And Maritime Matters have given her a mention.

http://maritimematters.com/2014/01/the-end-of-a-golden-era-of-cruising/

It will be interesting to see what happens to her.  Maybe her smaller size will bring her easier success in retirement than QE2 has had. 
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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #3 on: Jan 11, 2014, 01:28 PM »
It was one of Saga Ruby's senior officers before Christmas who informed us that there was a plan to take her to Rangoon in Burma
And although much less probable at the moment, from a private conversation we also learnt that there's also a hope that another investor might manage to bring her to the UK.
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: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #4 on: Jan 13, 2014, 05:05 PM »
Thank you to all for the posts about Ruby...
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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #5 on: Jan 13, 2014, 06:29 PM »
I see on Marine Traffic Saga Ruby has now arrived in Gibraltar. What now?

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #6 on: Jan 13, 2014, 06:38 PM »
Bruce, I think they just gave her , her legs one last time

   

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #7 on: Jan 13, 2014, 06:40 PM »
I see on Marine Traffic Saga Ruby has now arrived in Gibraltar. What now?

I'm told a dry-docking, before heading to Burma to be a temporary hotel there (emerging tourism market but not many hotels fit for westerners).  I understand the finances are Singaporean and they're thinking of a 10 year lifespan.  After that.... ?
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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #8 on: Jan 14, 2014, 10:23 AM »
I'm told a dry-docking, before heading to Burma to be a temporary hotel there (emerging tourism market but not many hotels fit for westerners).  I understand the finances are Singaporean and they're thinking of a 10 year lifespan.  After that.... ?

Straight into dry-dock by looks of things. Presumably there will also be a name change?

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #9 on: Jan 14, 2014, 07:45 PM »
At least it appears they are getting right to work on her.
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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #11 on: Jan 31, 2014, 09:00 AM »
I read in the Marine Matters article that she is to be re-named 'OASIS', however when reading further into the posted comments, her name is to be 'AMRA'  Could anybody confirm which is it to be also are there any photos of her new livery

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #12 on: Jan 31, 2014, 05:58 PM »
Thank you for this information about Ruby.  It is so good that she is not sitting somewhere waiting to be looked after but appears to be entering a new life soon.
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Offline pete cain

Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #13 on: Feb 01, 2014, 04:57 PM »
 Don't know how 'real time ' this site is, but if you zoom in , she's still listed as Saga Ruby, & berthed adjacent to the dry dock gates :-\

    http://www.gibraltarport.com/live-map

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #15 on: Feb 04, 2014, 11:08 PM »
Shipping Times reporting that Saga Ruby will be renamed Oasia
http://www.shippingtimes.co.uk/item_10675.html
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: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #16 on: Feb 06, 2014, 02:39 PM »
Shipping Times reporting that Saga Ruby will be renamed Oasia
http://www.shippingtimes.co.uk/item_10675.html
Marine Traffic is now showing Saga Ruby as Oasia

http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/7214715/vessel:OASIA

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #17 on: Feb 09, 2014, 07:48 PM »
Look what happens when there's a plan
     

 http://maritimematters.com/2014/01/saga-ruby-as-burma-hotel/

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #18 on: Feb 14, 2014, 08:37 PM »
https://en-gb.facebook.com/SagaRuby
  page down a bit & there she is   'Oasia' , do so wish QE2 had what seems to be such an orderly transition,
 can't find her at sea though.
« Last Edit: Mar 25, 2014, 12:29 PM by Rob Lightbody »

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #19 on: Feb 16, 2014, 05:20 PM »
Report on work carried out in Gibraltar before she was renamed.

http://www.marinelink.com/news/gibdock-repair-ruby364101.aspx