[7] However, as the cost of building Sagafjord had put her builders, Forges et Chantiers de la Mediterranee, out of business, Vistafjord had to be built at a different shipyard. A scene from happier times: Saga Ruby and Maxim Gorkiy in Blohm & Voss dry dock at Hamburg for their annual overhaul, 08.12.2007. In 1983 she was sold to Cunard Line, retaining her original name until 1999 when she was renamed Caronia. THIS IMAGE IS UNAVAILABLE. A red "Cunard" text was later added to her superstructure. “Ruby left Southampton on December 7 and is due to return for the final time on January 7. [10], During this time, both Vistafjord and Sagafjord, were considered to be amongst the most luxurious cruise ships in the world, sharing the top 5 in Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising, together with her sister ship Sagafjord and Royal Viking Line's Royal Viking Star, Royal Viking Sky and Royal Viking Sea for several years.[11]. Maxim Gorkiy already found her end in 2009 at Alang. © Cruise Industry News 1996-2020. [10] The superstructure is terraced both at the fore and aft of the ship. [1] Despite the flag change she retained Norwegian command staff. As Saga Ruby her hull was repainted dark blue and her funnel yellow, with a dark blue top and a narrow white stripe separating the two colours. In Norwegian America Line service Vistafjord carried the traditional NAL livery, with a grey hull, white superstructure, yellow mast and a yellow funnel with red, white and blue (colours of the flag of Norway) stripes. She continued service with Cunard until November 2004, when she was sold to Saga Cruises. Launched in 1973, Oasia cruise ship was a UK-built ocean liner (initially named "Vistafjord") for Norwegian America Line (1910-1995). Best wishes and stay safe ~ Ray Goodfellow. [1][5] In early 1980, the vessel was famously chartered by car manufacturer British Leyland to internally launch the Austin Metro to its British dealer network. [18] In mid-February 2014 she sailed from Gibraltar as Oasia under Bahamas flag and management of FleetPro Ocean. That never happened, however, and the ship will see its life come to an end in India. Following the sale to Cunard she retained the grey hull colour, but her funnel was painted in the red/black Cunard colours and her mast white. Vistafjord was ordered by Norwegian America Line (NAL) from Swan Hunter Shipbuilders, Newcastle, United Kingdom. MS Saga Ruby was a cruise ship that was last operated by Saga Cruises. In 2004 she was sold to Saga and sailed as Saga Ruby until sold in 2014 for use as a floating hotel and renamed Oasia. I understand from very good friends that recently, Saga Ruby very nearly made it back to the UK. Date: 13 March 2011 Image ID 6843 [citation needed] She was launched on 15 May 1972 and delivered to the Norwegian America Line exactly a year later on 15 May 1973. This never came to fruition. Rgds Nigel Thornton On 10 December 1999 she was renamed Caronia and re-registered in the United Kingdom. Saga has agreed to sell the ship to buyers who will operate her as a hotel in Asia.” Make of that what you will! Review of Saga Ruby deck 7 (Saga Ruby Upper Deck) Upper Deck has forward- and aft- located interior and outside staterooms. Vistafjord was built with a very traditional ocean liner profile,[4] with the funnel placed amidship and a notable sheer on her hull.

SAGA RUBY (1973/24492grt/IMO 7214715, ex-CARONIA, VISTAFJORD. [8], In 1983 Trafalgar House, the owners of legendary Cunard Line, purchased NAL[9] and in October 1983 Vistafjord joined the Cunard fleet together with her sister ship Sagafjord. The 655-passenger ship is expected to make the trek from a military base in Thailand to a beach in India this week to be scrapped. The 655-passenger ship is expected to make the trek from a military base in Thailand to a beach in India this week to be scrapped. Her owners went bankrupt, and in April 2017 she arrived at Alang, India for scrapping.[6]. In the meantime our social media channels remain open and can be accessed via the links at the bottom of this page. 13/10/2020: The website is currently offline and will be for a few days at least due to a major technical issues with our database. The cruise returned to Southampton late due to poor weather in the Bay of Biscay, eventually arriving on 9 January 2014, with passengers disembarking on 10 January.

The countdown below will be updated once I can give a more accurate estimate for the time it will take to repair the site. 862. I would like to point out at this point that I am not a software engineer or a programmer, I am just a plucky, technically minded person who knows a bit about websites and how they operate. Our estimated downtime (subject to change) is. Once again I apologise for the outage and also to Nigel Thornton as I know he is itching to get back to work! The 1973-built ship launched as the Vistafjord for Norwegian America Line, and last cruised as the Saga Ruby in 2013 before being sold in January of 2014, with a promising future as a hotel ship in Burma. [21], "MS Caronia" redirects here. MS Saga Ruby was a cruise ship that was last operated by Saga Cruises.