Saga Ruby Delayed After Minor Manhattan Mishap

October 12, 2009

Saga Ruby
(1:45 p.m. EDT) -- Saga Holidays' Saga Ruby sustained minor damage to its stem plate after a small collision with a pier bollard Saturday in New York and has since been delayed for repairs.

Paul Green, a Saga spokesperson, says the ship was turning into port 88 in Manhattan Saturday when it gently clipped one of the pier's bollards. The vessel was then moved to the Cape Liberty cruise port in nearby Bayonne, New Jersey, for repairs.

Green said as long as all repairs were completed on schedule, Saga Ruby was to depart sometime Monday to finish the last leg of a 30-night New World Adventure voyage, roundtrip from Southampton, that included mostly Canada and New England ports of call.

Because the collision was so minor, passengers weren't able to feel it, and there were no injuries. However, the ship is now leaving New York two days behind schedule, which will affect the next sailing -- a 16-night Mediterranean cruise, roundtrip from Southampton, which was originally slated to depart on October 18.

Green says it may be possible for Saga Ruby to make up one of the lost days on its way back to Southampton, so the line has not yet announced when the next sailing will depart.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor