SAGA ROSE at Piraeus. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2009.
After Saga Holiday’s recently retired MV SAGA ROSE (ex SAGAFJORD) was last reported bound for Walvis Bay, Namibia, she disappeared from AIS detection shortly after passing Mauritania off the western coast of Africa. The ship did not turn up in Walvis Bay, however, and is now well south of Cape Town and listed on AIS as “on sea trials” with a destination of Port Elizabeth. With thanks to the forum Cruising Talk for the update.
Saga Holidays remains silent about where the ship is headed and has not released any sort of official statement about the ship’s possible charter or sale. Originally, the vessel was to have been sold to West African interests to become an accommodation ship following her retirement last December. Since that deal fell through, there were rumors of another operator purchasing or chartering the ship and the ever-present possibility that she would be sold for scrap. At present, there is no confirmation of her purchase by any shipbreaking entities based at Alang.
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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