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Saga Cruises to Launch New Saga Sappire in March 2012
« on: March 28, 2011, 07:36:39 PM »
Saga Cruises to Launch New Saga Sappire in March 2012


23 March 2011 - Saga Cruises has confirmed that the latest addition to their cruise fleet will be called the Saga Sapphire. The ship is currently cruising the world under the name of Bleu de France. It will undergo an extensive upgrade during the winter months and be re-launched under the name Saga Sapphire early next year. She will embark on her maiden voyage from Southampton on the 26th March next year.

The name was chosen by members of the cruise line’s Britannia Club for frequent cruisers. It just happens to fit in perfectly with the names of her smaller sister ships, the Saga Pearl II and the Sage Ruby. Fortunately they resisted the temptation to call the cruise ship the Saga Rose II after the much loved Saga Rose, which was retired in 2009.

Maybe the time has now arrived to consider dropping the “II” from the Saga Pearl as well.

Sage Cruises bought the 37,300 ton cruise ship, which will be 30 years old next year, from Croisieres de France for around £37 million. Built in 1982, the ship received an extensive makeover in 2009.

There is little information available at present as to the changes Saga plans to make to the ship. What is known at this stage is that the company plans to reduce passenger capacity from 1,158 to 706.

This will still make the new Sapphire Saga’s biggest cruise ship. Ruby has a passenger capacity of 655 and Pearl 446.

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Saga Cruises to Launch New Saga Sappire in March 2012
« on: March 28, 2011, 07:36:39 PM »