Under the command of Welsh Captain David Warden-Owen, Saga Ruby berths in Cardiff today (7th April) on a fully booked, two week, Mystery Cruise where none of its 589 passengers know where they are headed. She is the largest ever cruise vessel to visit South Wales.
When the ship left Southampton docks on March 28, only Captain Warden Owen, the ship's watchkeepers and the chief purser were aware of Saga Ruby's next port of call.
In fact, none of the passengers on the sell-out cruise have been told what the itinerary includes throughout the 14-night journey and the only time guests are privy to any information is just before they arrive at each port-of-call.
However, guests are assured that the ship will visit at least eight destinations during the cruise, all of which will be outside the UK mainland (with the exception of Cardiff which has been included as a surprise additional port of call). Furthermore, at least four of these ports will be completely new to Saga Ruby to ensure that regular passengers enjoy something different. To add to the intrigue, half-day mystery tours have been included at each port and there has been an ongoing mystery to solve during the cruise.
On Sunday (March 30) Saga Ruby called to the French island of Belle Isle, which was a maiden call. She then navigated up the River Gironde to Bordeaux, before sailing to Bilbao (Spain) and La Pallice for the Port of La Rochelle.
However, as an added bonus Captain Warden-Owen has taken the opportunity to bring Saga Ruby to his homeland today, by introducing Cardiff as an additional port of call.
While they are in Cardiff, passengers will be treated to a city tour and a visit to the Welsh Millennium Centre. Saga will also be providing a free shuttle bus from the ship to the city centre, which will operate for the duration of the time they are in port.
Captain David Warden-Owen : "I am very pleased to be taking our passengers on this unique voyage of excitement and anticipation and it is a particular pleasure to be in Cardiff today. I am very proud of Saga Ruby. Not only does she have classic lines, but she is also one of the best seagoing ships I have been on.
"Of course, I cannot say too much about the remainder of the itinerary, but passengers can rest assured the cruise will include a range of intriguing destinations to keep even the best detectives guessing."
So successful has the response been to this year's cruise that another mysterious adventure has already been organised for next year on Saga Ruby, departing from Southampton on 5th May 2009.
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