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SAGA SAPPHIRE 26 March 2012

Her first day alongside in Southampton at berth 106. A bit misty from certain angles in the morning, but sunny in the afternoon.

 
SAGA SAPPHIRE Finally Departs on Maiden Voyage - 3 Apr 2012
Apr 3, 2012

SAGA SAPPHIRE finally departed Southampton on her maiden voyage for Saga Cruises, 17:20 3 April 2012, after 8 days in port, leaving berth at in the cold, wind and rain. She did blow her whistles/horns 3 times, loud and clear, but the black smoke was more evident, pouring out when gathering momentum after being pulled away from the quay by VORTEX and then again when increasing speed passing Town Quay :(
She had had various times listed during the day but conveniently sailed just after BALMORAL who herself was slightly late. For photos please see http://public.fotki.com/Magwa/ships/uk-shipspotting-2012/balmoral-departing-/
Movie clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT24yEyvScg

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SAGA SAPPHIRE - 2 Apr 2012
Apr 2, 2012

SAGA SAPPHIRE was supposed to have sailed on her maiden voyage this afternoon at 17:00, however it was delayed to 21:00, then 06:00 3 April and currently showing 12:00 3 April 2012.
Just a few photos from the morning showing a crew drill and the umbrellas now in position on the upper stern deck.

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SAGA SAPPHIRE, SAGA PEARL II - 29 Mar 2012
Mar 29, 2012

With SAGA PEARL II alongside in Southampton there was an opportunity to compare the old/new funnel liveries. Unfortunately the 2 vessels were berthed quite far apart and again a 'haze' across the water - but you get the idea with panoramas and cut/shunt - 10:45 29 March 2012

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SAGA SAPPHIRE Sunny - 26 March 2012
Mar 26, 2012

SAGA SAPPHIRE in the sun alongside at Mayflower terminal, berth 106 26 March 2012
She should have arrived at Southampton 23 March [having been delayed by 3 days due to an Italian shipyard strike. She will now remain in Southampton for a week, sailing on a shortened maiden voyage].
Explore Saga Sapphire http://travel.saga.co.uk/holidays/ocean-cruises/saga-sapphire.aspx
Saga Sapphire's 'makeover' blog http://travel.saga.co.uk/holidays/ocean-cruises/saga-sapphire/captains-blog.aspx
[ex EUROPA, SUPERSTAR EUROPE, SUPERSTAR ARIES, HOLIDAY DREAM, BLEU DE FRANCE]
SAGA SAPPHIRE 37301gt Passenger (Cruise) Ship 1981 Malta
Movie clip of CMA CGM CHRISTOPHE COLOMB sailing past http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtyglxPAtmw
Short clip of SAGA SAPPHIRE alongside at Mayflower Terminal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwyQJ_9mWC0

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SAGA SAPPHIRE Hazy - 26 March 2012
Mar 26, 2012

SAGA SAPPHIRE was in the murk initially viewing her stern, it did get brighter over the time there, but these photos are not very good. For sunny better pictures please see http://public.fotki.com/Magwa/ships/uk-shipspotting-2012/saga-sapphire-26-ma/saga-sapphire-sunny/
A couple of photos being passed by EDDYSTONE - 26 March 2012
Port side funnel 27 March 2012 - again in the haze :(

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SAGA SAPPHIRE; Some AIS grabs en route Mar 2012

SAGA SAPPHIRE - Should arrive at Southampton 26 March [having been delayed by 3 days due to an Italian shipyard strike. She will now remain in Southampton for a week, sailing on a shortened maiden voyage].

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