On a Round Ireland cruise, SAGA ROSE paid a visit to the Clyde today. A relatively elderly ship dating from 1965, she was built by Forges et Chantiers de la Mediterranee at Toulon in France, a yard which was bankrupted by her construction. Built for the Norwegian America Line, she was originally named SAGAFJORD for a run between Oslo, Copenhagen, Bergen and New York, as well as giving high-quality cruises. She was voted 'Cruise Ship of the year' on more than one occasion in the 1980s. This 24,528 gross ton ship joined the Cunard fleet in 1983, but retained the same name. In 1996 was chartered to TransOcean Cruises as GRISPHOLM, and in 1997 she was sold to Saga Cruises, her current owners, who renamed her SAGA ROSE. She is 188.87 metres in length, and is registered in the Bahamas. With the impending introduction of new SOLAS regulations in 2010, it is likely that this attractive old ship's days are numbered.