Press release

A new jewel for Swansea with Saga Pearl II

Wednesday 4 November 2009

Saga Shipping today announces that Swansea Dry Dock has been selected to undertake a major refit of their newly purchased ship – the Saga Pearl II.

Against a strong field of international competing tenders, it is the first time in over 10 years that Swansea has undertaken such a significant ship refit. The Dry Dock facility will now be opened and refurbished, providing some 300 jobs over a three-month period, enabling it to compete for future business.

The Saga Pearl II refit will be the most comprehensive and expensive in the company’s history and Saga will be spending in the region of £20 million to bring it to the exacting standards expected by Saga cruise customers.

As well as the addition of balcony cabins; the show lounge, restaurants, spa and swimming pool will be upgraded. One of the best libraries afloat will be created and a new cinema will be installed. New kitchens are also planned to support the gourmet dining experience in the elegant dining rooms. A sports deck is to be created including the addition of a short tennis court.

A new, state of the art, external coating will be applied to enable the ship to travel with greater ease, reduce fuel consumption and lower her carbon footprint.

Welsh firm Harris Pye is being used for the main engineering work and Saga is planning to place a number of other major contracts with UK based contractors.

Andrew Goodsell, Executive Chairman, Saga Group commented:

“The multi-million pound refit will ensure that Saga Pearl II is splendid throughout and with 446 passengers she will have an intimate atmosphere and the quality of service our passengers have come to expect. I am delighted that we are able to support a British yard, and that in doing so we will help with the regeneration of the Swansea docks.”


Notes to editors.

Time table

· Dry Dock - October 2009

· Sea trials - February 2010

· Inaugural cruise - 15th March 2010

Saga Pearl II is an 18,591 tonne ship which is 539 feet long with a beam of 74 feet and a draft of 20 feet. She was built in Germany in 1981 and was originally launched as the Arkona and later named Astoria.

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