IN NEW YORK AND
Cruise ship photo essay - Saga Cruises - Saga Ruby
By afternoon the weather had changed and with evening
coming on, Saga Ruby left the Passenger Ship Terminal.
This is not a simple maneuver. A ship must back out of
the slip across the river's strong current. Then she must
execute a 90 degree turn to port in order to go down river
to the sea. Even more recemtly-built ships with powerful
bow and stern thrusters call for tug boat assistance here.
Saga Ruby is well-acquanited with the
New World. Built in 1973, she began
her career as Vistafjord sailing as an
oceam liner between Oslo, Norway and
New York for Norwegian American
Line. Subsequently, she became a
cruise ship, first for Norwegian
American Cruise Line and then for
Cunard, which after a few years of
operating her as Vistafjord, changed her
name to Caronia. Still, she would
occasionally come to New York and
other U.S. ports during her cruises.
These occasional visits have continued
since she was purchased by Saga in
2004 and renamed Saga Ruby.
A few weeks later, we
find Saga Ruby at anchor off
Newport, Rhode Island.
This is a deep water port - -
indeed, capital ships of the
U.S. Navy's reserve fleet are
kept here. However, the
areas of most interest to
tourists are not near any
pier that would
ocean-going passenger ship
of any significant size.
Consequently, the cruise
ships anchor and tendor
their guests past the
yachting marinas into the
town's business district.
Newport is a popular
cruise port with its ties to
yacht racing, and tennis. In
the 19th Century, it was also
popular with American
millionaires who built large
mansions to act as their
summer "cottages." Several
of these are now open to the
For a photo tour of the interior of Saga Pearl II
In September 2009, Saga Ruby came to New York
for a series of autumn cruises to New England
and Canada. Here, she is seen at the Passenger
Ship Terminal in Manhattan on a clear fall