Last Voyage of the Saga Ruby Rerouted – STX Finland Secures Finance – Limit at Tampa – Cruising’s Slow Recovery

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 16th December 2013..

Last week the news broke that the Saga Ruby, on her last cruise in a career spanning forty years, was stranded in Tenerife on her way to the West Indies, with generator problems that would preclude the operation of her air conditioning in the Caribbean. Instead, she will now cruise the Mediterranean. In Finland, troubled STX Finland has secured financing that will enable it to complete its second ship, Mein Schiff 3 (above), for TUI Cruises. Tampa reveals that it has an air draft limitation that will preclude it from accepting mega ships. And New York-based PhoCusWright reports a slow recovery in the mainstream cruise market.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                     (See previous columns)

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