Saga Cruises

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Saga Shipping
Type Subsidiary
Industry Shipping, tourism
Founded 1996
Headquarters Folkestone, England
Key people Saga Group
Products Cruises, holidays
Website Official website

Saga Shipping, also known as Saga Cruises is a British based cruise line, a division of the Saga Group.

History[edit]

The Saga Group decided to start operations of a holiday branch by purchasing the Saga Rose.[1] She operated generally as Saga's flagship until her fairly similar ex fleet mate the Saga Ruby was purchased from Cunard Line in 2005.[2]

For the summer of 2003, Saga Cruises chartered the 1989 built MV Minerva which sailed as the Saga Pearl.

The Saga Rose was retired after a final 37 night Mediterranean cruise. She was subsequently laid up at Gibraltar and later scrapped in China.[3]

While on her final cruise a planned 31 night Caribbean cruise, the Saga Ruby had one of its generators fail which disabled the ship's air-conditioning plant. It was then decided cancel the cruise and sail a revised Western Mediterranean itinerary, returning to Southampton on January 9, 2014 due to poor weather. While in Funchal, Madiera the Saga Ruby met up with the Saga Sapphire for a New Year's Eve fireworks display. After her cruise, she departed for Gibraltar leaving Southampton for a final time on January 10, she was handed over to her currently unknown new owners on January 13, 2014.

Currently Saga Cruises operates the Saga Sapphire and the MS Saga Pearl II

Spirit of Adventure Cruises[edit]

Saga formed the brand Spirit of Adventure Cruises in 2005. In March 2006, the Spirit of Adventure, ex-Orange Melody, set out on her first cruise.[4] Unlike Saga's sailings, people 21 and older may embark on a cruise with Spirit of Adventure. Saga sold MV Spirit of Adventure in sometime 2013 marking an end of the brand, following the move of the Quest of Adventure back to the main Saga fleet, as the Saga Pearl II.

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

Ship Built In service Tonnage Notes
Saga Sapphire 1981 2012–Present 37,301 tons Formerly Bleu de France with CDF Croisières de France. Originally built as Europa for Hapag--Lloyd.
Saga Pearl II 1981 2010-2012 2013–Present 18,591 GRT Originally sailed as the Saga Pearl II from 2010 to 2012, later became the Quest for Adventure; before moving back to the Saga Fleet.Originally built as Astor for HADAG.

Former Saga fleet[edit]

Ship Built In service Tonnage Notes
Saga Pearl 1989 Summer 2003 12,500 GRT Chartered by Saga Cruises in briefly during Summer 2003.
Saga Rose 1965 1996-2010 24,474 GRT Originally passenger/cruise ship operated by Norwegian America Line. Sold along with fleet mate Vistafjord (now Saga Ruby) in 1983.
Spirit of Adventure 1981 2006-2012 9,570 GRT Originally operated by Peter Deilmann as Berlin Currently operating as FTI Berlin for Berlin Cruises.[5]
Saga Ruby 1973 2005–2014 24,292 GRT Originally passenger/cruise ship operated by Norwegian America Line. Sold along with fleet mate Sagafjord (formally the Saga Rose) in 1983.

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