Tuesday, October 08, 2013

#587 The Last Voyage of the Last Cruise Ship built in Great Britian

Semester At Sea is prime time for ship spotting.   Along our Fall 2013 route, we've crossed paths repeatedly with distinctive old-school cruise ships painted with mustard yellow funnels. They catch our eye.

In Casablanca, the MV Explorer docks next to a yellow-funneled gem, the Saga Ruby.
The Saga Ruby in Casablanca
We watch with envy as her passengers circumnavigate her open decks, walking and soaking up the Moroccan sun.  Inside, they are apparently enjoying the library decorated in purples and reds.

She's vintage 1973 and the last cruise ship built in Great Britain.  This December, the Saga Ruby makes what may be her final voyage sailing from our first port, Southampton.
"There's something special about Saga Ruby. Perhaps it's her classic lines and elegant profile, or the fact that she's the last cruise ship to have been built in Britain. But I think it's simply that she epitomises the magic and romance of a bygone age of cruising". Captain Angove.

Yours in catching a glimpse of a true classic,

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