Astoria saga is finally over

//Astoria saga is finally over

BREAKING NEWS: Saga Cruises have finally acquired the cruise ship Astoria as a replacement for Saga Rose. Their plans to purchase the ship were scuppered earlier this year by the original owners’ financial problems, but Astoria came up for auction in Gibraltar yesterday and Saga were the winning bidders. After extensive refurbishment, the ship will be re-named Saga Pearl II.
More details soon.

By | 2009-08-05T15:54:21+00:00 5 August 2009|Cruise News|7 Comments

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John Honeywell is a travel writer specialising in cruise ships and cruise travel. Winner of CLIA UK's Contribution to Cruise award 2017.


  1. Mike Thompson 11 September 2009 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Noted that ASTORIA docked in swansea today..

  2. Mike Thompsonm 11 September 2009 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    Spotted ASTORIA at SWANSEA Docks today

  3. John Honeywell 12 September 2009 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Thanks Mike. Saga Cruises tell me the refit work to turn Astoria into Saga Pearl II will not be carried out at Swansea, but it will be later next week before we know where.

  4. Fred Fielding 14 October 2009 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Anybody know what’s happening to The Astoria.
    It seems to have become stuck in the lock at Swansea for a few days. The port has seen no traffic since it happenned.
    Fred – local resident.

  5. John Honeywell 14 October 2009 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the info Fred, but Saga say the ship is not “stuck”, but is being inspected in Swansea prior to the final decision being made on where the re-fit work will be carried out.

  6. martin white 5 November 2009 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    5th november. £20 million refit started in Swansea according to BBC Wales

  7. John Honeywell 5 November 2009 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks Martin. Have you seen the item I posted yesterday (November 4) about the deal for work on the ship to be carried out at Swansea Dry Dock?

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