ANEX Tour to buy Saga Sapphire and join cruise sector
European tour operator ANEX Tour is to enter into the cruise business for the first time by acquiring Saga Cruises’ Saga Sapphire. The 800-passenger vessel will be transferred to ANEX Tour in mid-2020 and begin sailing cruises around the Eastern Mediterranean from her new homeport in Antalya, Turkey. “With changing habits of travellers, we must adopt our product offering accordingly,” said Neset Kockar, chairman of ANEX Tour. “By acquiring Saga Sapphire, we will be able to create a unique eastern Mediterranean cruise experience for our valued guests.” Spanning 12 decks, Saga Sapphire offers various onboard amenities, such as 382 cabins, restaurants, pools, a spa, a shopping arcade and many other recreational activities.
Medevac off Mallorca
On Dec 3, 2018, a passenger of the "Saga Sapphire" fell ill and was medevaced 113 miles SSW of Mallorca. Salvamento Marítimo mobilized the Hélimer 215 SAR helicopter whoch hoisted the patient and took it to the Hospital de Son Espases.
Port of Kiel welcomes “Saga Sapphire” maiden visit
The first of four visits to Kiel this season by the British shipping company Saga Cruises began early Thursday with the arrival on the Kiel Fiord of the “Saga Sapphire” with 640 English-speaking passengers on board. The flagship of the Saga fleet was met by a local tug near the Friedrichsort Beacon and within sight of the entrance to the Kiel Canal. To the accompaniment of a water fountain display by the tug, the ship was escorted to her berth at the Ostseekai Cruise Shipping Terminal. During the course of a reception later on the ship, port head Dr Dirk Claus presented Captain Julian Burgess with the traditional commemorative plaque awarded by the Schleswig-Holstein federal state capital Kiel to ships visiting the port for the first time. Dirk Claus, who is the Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said: “Saga Cruises is one of those shipping companies which have discovered Kiel for themselves as a gateway for land excursions in north Germany and which, with increasing regularity, now include the port in their route planning. We are delighted to enjoy such a good partnership with Saga Cruises and we would like to further expand it in future.”Upload News