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Cruise News & Reviews

May 27,  2010
Author: Terry Hutson



SAGA ROSE reappears

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Saga Rose by Terry Hutson

For those readers that were puzzled by the strange movements of the cruise ship SAGA ROSE, which ambled her way around southern Africa before disappearing (for a while) off the scanners, the ship has reappeared off the Chinese coast although her AIS report says she is heading for Japan.

Readers may recall that at our last count the ship was reported to have been sold to Chinese interests, so at least that aspect appears to be holding up. We have a feeling however that this ‘saga’ may not be over.

Fire on the Deutschland

In other recent cruise news the Peter Deilmann luxury cruise ship DEUTSCHLAND caught fire in the machine room while the ship was in the Norwegian port of Eidfjord. All 364 passengers and 241 crew plus a couple of Norwegian pilots had to be evacuated while firefighters battled to contain and extinguish the blaze, which was finally accomplished but not without some difficulty. The fire was contained in the machine room but considerable hear spread throughout the ship.

Some observers fear this may prove the final straw for the troubled Peter Deilmann company.