Saga Ruby Sailing Two Days Behind After Pier Mishap

October 19, 2009
Saga Ruby (4:30 p.m. EDT) -- Saga Ruby, which was delayed after a minor collision with a pier in New York more than a week ago, is now two days behind schedule for its next voyage.

Saga Holidays Spokesperson Paul Green tells Cruise Critic that, because of repairs to the ship's stem plate after the vessel clipped a pier bollard, Saga Ruby's next sailing -- a 16-night Mediterranean cruise from Southampton -- will depart on 20 October at 3 p.m., rather than 18 October at 5 p.m. as was originally planned.

Those scheduled to be aboard the cruise have been notified, and Green said Saga Holidays will pick up the tab for any necessary changes to passengers' travel plans.

In an effort to make up for lost time, the cruise will be cut short by one day, meaning that it will finish one day behind schedule, rather than two. The cruise after it -- a 13-night Canary Islands cruise from Southampton -- will depart one day late, leaving port on 4 November, rather than 3 November. Green says it will finish on schedule.

Because both sailings will be cut short by one day, all passengers on those voyages will also receive onboard credit equal to one day's worth of cruise fare. That amount, Green says, will vary according to the type of cabin each passenger has booked.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor

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