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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #160 on: Apr 02, 2017, 01:23 PM »
Ocean Gala used to be the Stardancer, remember seeing her tied up behind the Cunard Princess in LA when we were doing mexican cruises in 1988. She was a Cruise ferry before that.

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #161 on: Apr 03, 2017, 11:57 AM »
She is now on her final leg,tomorrow she arrives.....

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #162 on: Apr 03, 2017, 04:09 PM »
Ship now about 100 miles away from Alang

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #163 on: Apr 03, 2017, 06:40 PM »
 :'(
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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #164 on: Apr 03, 2017, 11:56 PM »
Good bye old girl :-(

Offline Greg Rudd

Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #165 on: Apr 04, 2017, 12:03 AM »
Hi on cruise in Crete at moment just come through the Suez Canal
 another ship intended for Alang. Ocean Gala  has I believe been refused entry to the Suez Canal
Not to sure of her previous names

If that is the case then the Indian Breakers would have taken a bath on this. The likely hood she is that she could end up being scrapped in Turkey if a quick solution can't be found.

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #166 on: Apr 04, 2017, 05:52 AM »
She is just off the coast of Alang but still heading north

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #167 on: Apr 04, 2017, 07:37 AM »
Ship now stopped off Bhavnagar

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #168 on: Apr 05, 2017, 06:09 AM »
Ship now stopped off Bhavnagar
The boarding party is now aboard. Preparations are probably well in hand for her beaching.

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #169 on: Apr 08, 2017, 09:50 PM »
She this afternoon was moved under own power close to the beach of Alang,looks like she will be beached in the morning

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #170 on: Apr 09, 2017, 02:31 PM »
All this time she was still transmitting a position signal, the last report now was seven hours ago, is she out of reach of base stations, ore does that mean that probably everything has been turned off for good?

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« Reply #171 on: Apr 09, 2017, 11:17 PM »
Acc. to Marinetraffic the last signal is 1 hour old and she is anchored in front of the beaching plots at Alang. But what does it matter? The story is told and another ship on which a little piece of my heart is addicted to will be history soon.  :-[

Good luck to all who are still interested in nowadays cruise business with all their same looking, ugly car carriers with windows. With the scrapping of Vistafjord only 10% of my earlier enthusiasm on cruise liners has survived and they belong to QE2.

BTW: I have posted in a german speaking forum some scans of memorabilia of a cruise my parents did in 1979 on Vistafjord, one I did on Vistafjord in 1998 and some pics when I saw her in Stavanger in 2009. Somebody is interested to see them posted here, too?

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #172 on: Apr 09, 2017, 11:27 PM »
Hi Stephen
Yes, please - it would be excellent to see images of the ship (when new-ish) as Vistafjord.
We sailed on board and loved her too.!
There is a Topic for her as Saga Ruby under Ships on this website.


I heard even as late as yesterday that her current owners were still asking for genuine and realistic buyers.
If anyone is as serious as my friends were (with their offer which was turned down), then please do contact me asap!
Can't say now that it won't be too late - however, lots of things could be possible /impossible
and fingers crossed she wont be scorched overnight.
QE2 has been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 9 whole years... she seriously needs to be earning her keep....

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #173 on: Apr 09, 2017, 11:43 PM »
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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #174 on: Apr 10, 2017, 10:42 AM »
It's painful to follow this.

I'd love to tour that beautiful ship.

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:372123/mmsi:341993000/imo:7214715/vessel:OASIA

Hi Rob
Do you remember telling me firmly not to go to bed, or go to sleep for the entire 48 hrs that I spent on her very soon after you began the early days of TQS? :) I was so happy to take your good advice, too! :)
Of All the ships, bar One - she should be saved.
(Having said that, we did have a little engine trouble in the Canaries!)
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QE2 has been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 9 whole years... she seriously needs to be earning her keep....

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #175 on: Apr 10, 2017, 11:18 AM »
As the signal is now 9 hours old I'm afraid it's done  :'(

I post the pictures later that day...

EDIT: I found this FB discussion group where someone says she "isn't due until April 12". If you scroll a little down you see a picture showing her at Alang roads, the lifeboats already dismantled. Maybe the last picture of her in one piece. Heartbreaking!  :'(

https://www.facebook.com/groups/shipbreaking/?ref=group_cover
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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #176 on: Apr 10, 2017, 05:20 PM »
Looking at https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:372123/mmsi:341993000/imo:7214715/vessel:OASIA I see the information that she was still active 2 hours and 4 minutes ago. I think that means she hasn't gone yet :(

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #177 on: Apr 10, 2017, 10:24 PM »
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I'd love to tour that beautiful ship.

Good selection of interior photos here - http://maritimematters.com/2017/03/former-vistafjord-sailing-into-history/

Wonder what happens to all the plaques from ports visited??

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #178 on: Apr 12, 2017, 03:02 PM »
Saga Ruby was beached a couple of hours ago

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #179 on: Apr 12, 2017, 04:11 PM »
Saga Ruby was beached a couple of hours ago

Very very sad news.

The only consolation is that this will provide employment to a considerable number of people who need it, even though these are dangerous jobs. And that all that constitutes this beautiful ship will be recycled as best as possible.

May her spirit rest in peace...

Offline Brandon Sterkel

Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #180 on: Apr 13, 2017, 06:32 AM »
This sad and emotional news is so heartbreaking that I can't even read the posts about her beaching.  :'(
May the memories of her last forever.
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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #181 on: Apr 13, 2017, 08:27 AM »
This sad and emotional news is so heartbreaking that I can't even read the posts about her beaching.  :'(
May the memories of her last forever.

Very true! I thought I can handle it as I handled it when good old Norway was beached but obviously it's a difference if you were on a ship just for couple of hours for sightseeing or if you had a great time for two weeks as I had it on Vistafjord.

On one hand I'm very, very sad, on the other I'm so angry on nowadays culture where everything must be bigger, better, more modern and spectacular. The old values like a ship as Vistafjord is only interesting to a bunch of people as we are here in that forum. That's a real shame and for me, I'm completely through with the cruise business in general and will put my focus only on companies who run older ships like Phoenix etc.
So just some emotional thoughts, don't take me too serious!  ::)

Sorry for not yet posted the promised pictures, too busy the last days, but I will manage it on Easter.

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #182 on: Apr 13, 2017, 10:42 AM »
Anyone fed up with the cruise industry might wish do as i do

Stay in nice hotels and go on great historical (steam) ships for a few hours each day

Lake Lucerne, lake Geneva, Lake Zurich, Lakes Brienz and Thun are good places to start !

Oh, and of course, come to the Clyde for our very own Waverley !
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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #183 on: Apr 13, 2017, 01:57 PM »
Just came across this sad picture on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pknego/status/852419398795091968

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« Reply #184 on: Apr 13, 2017, 03:03 PM »

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #186 on: Apr 19, 2017, 08:04 PM »
Also just found this in the ship breaking Group:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156504749167588&set=gm.10155865707073943&type=3&theater
Any idea when breaking up will commence? This truly is tragic.
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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #187 on: Apr 19, 2017, 09:24 PM »
Sadly no, been really busy the past week, and the information that I do gather from various source is really nothing, apart from the two pictures, I haven't come across anytime at all sadly.

Offline StephanG2312

Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #188 on: Apr 19, 2017, 10:58 PM »
I got information that she will not be pulled closer to the beach before end of this month...at current position start of breaking will not be possible. A slow and undignified death...  :-\

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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #189 on: Apr 20, 2017, 12:28 AM »
I got information that she will not be pulled closer to the beach before end of this month...at current position start of breaking will not be possible. A slow and undignified death...  :-\
Indeed, Alang has claimed yet another Liner, I guess they thought they hadn't destroyed enough beautiful ships already... Norway and Saga Ruby both ousted by the cruise industry, hopefully Ruby puts up a fight during scrapping as Canberra did! 
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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #190 on: Apr 20, 2017, 09:36 AM »
Hi Folks,

Not the cheeriest post but I noticed these posted on a Shipbreaking Facebook page this morning (https://www.facebook.com/groups/shipbreaking/)
It might just be the general atmosphere of Alang but there looks to be a small amount of exhaust from her funnel - I wonder if they are still running her generators to provide on board power? Generally they will strip her fixtures and fittings first so they can be sold off before actually cutting any steel - the first sign is when they cut the tip of her bow away - appears to be a ceremonial thing at ship breakers. As already stated she is too far out to start cutting anyway.

Re: Putting up a fight - the Pakistani ship breakers who bought ss Canberra must've regretted it - her deep draught meant she beached a lot further out therefore taking a lot longer to break and cost a lot more too! That was once she had beached at full ahead with bagpipe music playing on her PA system!!

To me this old girl doesn't look ready for this fate - but unfortunately its sealed. Hopefully Peter Knego or someone similar will get some of her fixtures and fittings so the memories live on.....

Images are copyright of the owner Vaja Vilesh.
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Re: Saga Ruby after Saga
« Reply #191 on: Apr 21, 2017, 03:16 AM »
Sad. Such a great ship going to waste.  :P :P
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