Tuesday, 17 August 2010


Following the visit on Monday by CROWN PRINCESS, a more traditional looking ship arrived on Tuesday, continuing to make her way around the British Isles. SAGA RUBY, which had already been to Greenock before under the Cunard houseflag when she was named CARONIA, had sailed through the night from Portree on an anti-clockwise circumnavigation of the UK that had started at Dover - most ships sail the other way round. To allow some of her passengers to visit the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, it was not until 2300 that SAGA RUBY was due to sail for Belfast. With a capacity for 661 passengers, SAGA RUBY is now registered in Malta and is one of the few remaining large passengers ships to have been built in Britain, having come from Swan Hunter's yard on Tyneside in 1973.