The last cruise ship to be built in the UK has embarked on her final cruise. Saga Ruby (1973/24,292 gt) departed Southampton for a farewell 31-night return voyage to the Caribbean on 7 December.
Built by Swan Hunter for Norwegian America Line as Vistafjord, she was one of the most highly rated cruise ships of the time. In 1983, she came under the wing of Cunard’s owners, before becoming fully integrated into the fleet as the British-flagged Caronia in 1999. In 2004, she was sold to Saga Cruises, where she joined her former NCL running-mate Saga Rose (ex-Sagafjord). Saga Ruby has reportedly been sold for further service as a floating hotel in Asia.