|Saga Cruises Saga Sapphire Has Been Sold to Turkey's ANEX Tours|
Turkish tour operator ANEX Tour has entered into the cruise section by acquiring Saga Sapphire from Saga Cruises.
The cruise ship would be delivered to ANEX in mid-2020, and maiden voyage is to be scheduled from Antalya, making it a first as home port.
“With changing habits of travellers, we must adopt our product offering accordingly. By acquiring Saga Sapphire, we will be able to create a unique eastern Mediterranean cruise experience for our valued guests,” Neset Kockar, Chairman of ANEX Tour, said.
Saga Sapphire serves approximately 800 passengers with 382 cabins on 12 decks. The cruise ship features a length of 657 feet and 37,000 gross tons.
The sale of the Saga Sapphire is on the heels of Saga Cruises talking posession of 2 new ships - the Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Adventure.
The Saga Sapphire was originally built as the Europa (of 1981) for Hapag-Lloyd, the ship has a strong following and was known for her superior service and cuisine. She has since been sold to a number of operators including Asia's Star Cruises (as the SuperStar Aries) and her current operators Saga Cruises (as the Saga Sapphire).
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