Saga Cruises new flagship SAGA SAPPHIRE is berthed at the port of Valencia, in Spain reporting serious main engine trouble. She is now on her third day stay in Valencia and by now should be in Gibraltar and tomorrow in Lisbon were a welcome party has just been postponed for May 3, when she is scheduled to arrive Lisbon in tandem with fleet mates RUBY and PEARL II.
SAGA SAPPHIRE is the former EUROPA of 1981 and the ship is doing the inaugural cruise for Saga following an extensive refit at Palermo, Italy.
Saga Sapphire also introduces a new very uninteresting and dull livery replacing the yacht-like yellow funnels so successfully displayed by Saga Cruises since the purchase of SAGA ROSE.
What makes a cruise company to give up the most beautiful and classic livery seen on today's modern cruise companies in favour of another meaningless livery designed by people who feel nothing about ships aesthetics and design a new funnel colour no and next a box for frozen hamburgers? very sad indeed...
Despite the unbalanced blue funnel colours, the new SAGA cruise ship is a fantastic addition to the company's fleet and a true replacement to the magnificent SAGA ROSE. Photo showing the SAGA SAPPHIRE with traditional yellow funnel painted by Stephen Card.
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