Saga Ruby cruise ship itinerary,
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(CARONIA III) (VISTAFJORD)
SMALL CRUISE SHIP
SWAN HUNTER SHIPBUILDING /
NEWCASTLE / ENGLAND
20 KNOTS - DIESEL ENGINES - TWO
Saga Ruby was originally built as
the Norwegian America Line’s
Vistafjord. This company had been
founded in 1910 to carry cargo and Norwegian
emigrants to America. After the Second World
War, NAL built the Olofjord and
Bergensfjord to be used for the
tourist trade between Norway and America.
Their next ship Sagafjord entered
service in 1965 and their final vessel
Vistafjord followed eight years later.
The companies largest ever ship
Vistafjord set out on her maiden
voyage from Oslo - New York May 22nd 1973.
After completing that voyage, NAL operated
her as a full time cruise ship with worldwide
Norwegian American Cruises bought
Vistafjord and Sagafjord in
1980. Three years later, they sold both ships
to Cunard. The completion of a major refit at
Liverpool in 1999 saw Vistafjord
re-enter service under the name
Caronia. She now has 2 pools, 4 bars,
casino, fitness center, 600-seat ballroom,
385 outside cabins, 57 inside cabins, can
carry 675 passengers and a crew of 379.
Caronia was operated out of
Southampton/England during the summer to
destinations such as Scotland, Iceland,
Norway, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean Sea and
various African ports. She was based at
Barbados in winter with her main routes being
to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, South America
and North America.
After the Carnival Cruise Line bought
Cunard in 1998, they ordered a 150,000-ton
cruise liner to join Cunard's two remaining
ships, Caronia and QE2. This
new ship entered service in 2003 under the
name Queen Mary 2.
The British based Saga Holidays bought
Sagafjord in 1996 to be operated on
cruises out of Dover and Southampton -
Mediterranean, Iberia and Canary Islands,
Baltic Sea, Scandinavia, & the Caribbean
& South America under the name
In 2005, Saga Holidays bought
Caronia to be operated alongside her
sister ship under the name Saga
Ruby. She underwent a £17 million
refit before cruising the same routes as her
Both Saga Rose and Saga
Ruby were operated exclusively for
passengers over the age of 50 (and a minimum
age of 40 applies for all traveling
Saga Rose was replaced in 2010 by
the 18,591 ton Astoria that is
operated under the name Saga Pearl
Saga Ruby was mainly operated out
of Southampton and Dover / England -
Scandinavia, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean Sea,
Canary Islands, and Caribbean.
This ship was sold to Millenium View Ltd
of Singapore to be converted to a floating
hotel in Burma.