Saga Cruises has announced today that its Saga Ruby, the last cruise ship built in the UK, will be retire from the Saga fleet at the beginning of 2014.
Built in 1973 at Jarrow Shipyard on Tyneside, the ship will celebrate her 40th anniversary be performing one final Round the World Cruise, visiting many of the ports she had visited throughout her long service.
“Saga Ruby has delighted cruise-goers for some 40 years, but operating a ship of this age to meet the exacting standards we and others set is becoming an increasing challenge,” said Robin Shaw, CEO, Saga Shipping.
“We have therefore decided that she should be gracefully retired in 18 months. Saga Ruby will in her ruby anniversary year visit many of the ports where she been warmly welcomed over the years. We believe that Saga cruising has a great deal of potential and we have invested over the last few year well over £100 million on our fleet and we continue to look for opportunities to expand and improve our classic cruise experience,” he added.
Quest for Adventure, already in the Saga fleet, will revert back to her former livery as Saga Pearl II after her published cruise calendar is complete.