Sapphire refit to be in Sicily

//Sapphire refit to be in Sicily

SagaSapphire.jpgSaga will take possession of their newest ship, eventually to become Saga Sapphire, on November 1, and it was announced today that the multi-million pound refit work will be carried out by Fincantieri at their Palermo yard in Sicily.
Currently the Bleu de France, and originally Europa, the 37,000-ton vessel is to have all its cabins and public areas refurbished and an entire deck fitted with balcony cabins.
Other work to be carried out during the ship’s stay in Palermo will include the overhauling of main machinery and equipment along with some steel and pipework replacement. The ship will be dry-docked for part of the project during which time the items involving the external hull and all underwater work, such as painting, tailshaft, rudder and propellers maintenance will be undertaken.
When it emerges from the yard next February, resplendent in its new Saga livery, the ship will sail to Southampton and then, on March 26, for its inaugural cruise to the Mediterranean.
Saga Cruising chief executive Robin Shaw says: “The multi-million pound refit will ensure that Saga Sapphire is magnificent throughout, adding a theme of elegant and eclectic nostalgia to our classic cruising experience. Saga Sapphire will be the largest Saga ship to date, but will retain the intimate atmosphere and the quality of service that our passengers have come to expect. We are extremely pleased to have secured Fincantieri’s expertise and resources and are looking forward to working together.”
Saga Pearl II, which underwent refit work in Swansea before joining the fleet, will be re-named Quest for Adventure and replaces Spirit of Adventure next April.

By | 2017-06-15T16:00:00+00:00 7 October 2011|Cruise Ships|0 Comments

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