Press release

Saga introduces new cruise ship 'Saga Ruby'

Friday 14 January 2005

Saga Ruby, sister ship of Saga Rose, will sail out of Southampton on 1 March 2005 for her inaugural cruise to the Caribbean and America.

Saga has invested £17 million into the re-design of the Saga Ruby, previously Cunard's Caronia. This extensive refurbishment promises to reflect a contemporary elegance, whilst in-keeping with Saga's traditional values.

As sister ships, Saga Rose and Saga Ruby will share many qualities, such as an elegant silhouette, wide open decks, a spacious interior and a deep hull ideal for long-distance cruising. Inside, the public rooms and cabins will differ subtly, as Saga Rose retains her refined and more traditional dcor, while Saga Ruby will have a more modern feel.

The creative thinking behind Saga Ruby's new contemporary feel comes from Alison Clixby of Clixby Associates. Alison was appointed to ensure that Saga Ruby offers high levels of comfort and quality, and something a little different to all cruisegoers aged 50 and over. Alison first worked with Saga Shipping in 1997, when she was responsible for Saga Rose's refurbishment.

Saga Ruby is also undergoing structural changes; one of the most exciting renovations is the ship's Lido, whose teak deck area will be extended to allow for a better spread of modern sun loungers. The ship's original deep-sunk pool is being replaced with a stunning new mosaic-tiled pool with a waterfall edge. Guests will also reap the benefits of a refreshing and modern looking spa, as well as an indoor swimming pool, treatment rooms, hair salon, sauna and steam room, and a new gym fitted with state of the art equipment.

A high ratio of crew members to passengers ensures that the service onboard the Saga Ruby is outstanding. Passengers will also cruise in style with the introduction of Saga Ruby's more spacious and deluxe cabins and suites.

All rooms onboard Saga Ruby will be styled to reflect their own unique ambience.

Highlights include:

The Britannia Lounge: luxurious tones of plum and raspberry, complemented by comfortable, contemporary furniture

The Lido: Mediterranean style with spiced oranges and terracotta colouring, teak wood fittings and a dark chocolate stone floor

Cabins: fitted in blues, greens and golds, the cabins will exude warmth and comfort

The Ballroom: sandy colours and paprika hues will create an African-style for lively West End-style shows and dancing

For further information about the facilities that will be available onboard the Saga Ruby, visit

SAGA RUBY: The Inaugural Cruise, Southampton to the Caribbean and America, 1st March - 2nd April 2005 - 32 nights, which is now offering guaranteed *discount fares of up to 25% until the end of January 2005.

Join Saga Ruby on her inaugural cruise to the Caribbean and America with stop offs in Antigua, the tropical island of Puerto Rico, the lively island of Jamaica, Costa Rica, Belize, Playa del Carmen in Mexico, then on to Key West, Bermuda, the Azores and returning to Southampton on 2 April 2005.

Further information: *Discount fares from £3839 per person for a J grade two bed inside cabin, subject to availability and chosen cabin grade. In addition Saga is also offering two shorter fly cruise options (Southampton to Mexico and Mexico to Southampton). Please call for details.


0800 056 5880

Notes to editors:

Saga Holidays has over 50 years experience in arranging holidays.

A travelling companion may be aged 40 or over

All prices quoted are per person, based on two people sharing, subject to availability and only apply to selected departure dates

Saga Holidays are only available direct and not through travel agents

All of Saga's holidays include insurance and cancellation cover

All cruises include all meals on board, entertainment, activities and 24-hour room service. Travel insurance and cancellation cover, all gratuities on board, all port taxes and travel to or from your departure or arrival points. All visas and porterage of luggage at your port.


For further press information please contact the Saga Press Office on: 01303 771529.



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