It’s a good job that the “over-50s only” rule on Saga Ruby applies only to passengers and not to the entertainers. If it did, schoolgirl singing sensation Faryl Smith (above) would be left at the quayside instead of joining the ship for a cruise to the Baltic.
Faryl, who sailed to success as a 13-year-old in Britain’s Got Talent 12 months ago, turned down a contract offered by Simon Cowell before signing a £2.3 million deal with Universal, reported to have been “most lucrative recording contract ever handed to a schoolgirl”.
Her debut album reached number four in the charts when it was released in March, and she performed earlier this month at the Classical Brit Awards.
On Saga Ruby, Faryl will be following in the footsteps of her idol, Welsh opera singer Kathryn Jenkins, who performed her own concert on board last year.
Saga boss Andrew Goodsell said: “We are delighted that Faryl has been able to join us on board this cruise. Our passenger entertainment on board is constantly evolving, and we are so pleased to be able to host such a young and exciting new talent who is proving incredibly popular with audiences of all ages in both the UK and abroad.”
Faryl’s Baltic cruise on board Saga Ruby leaves from Newcastle upon Tyne on July 3, and includes calls at Copenhagen and Tallinn as well as an overnight stay in St Petersburg, where passengers will also be in a prime position to see competitors in the Tall Ships Race.
A few remaining cabins are available on the 17-night voyage, from £2,609 per person.