Saga Cruises seeks to delay the transfer of the Saga Sapphire to its new operator and postpone the ship’s farewell trip due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“In our last update, we announced that, unfortunately, all our cruise operations were suspended until June 1, 2020 . Therefore, the unprecedented situation of Covid-19 has also affected our plans for the Saga Sapphire farewell season,” said Nigel Blanks, CEO of Saga Cruises.

Blanks added that “we still want to say goodbye to Saga Sapphire in a way that shows the affection for her that we and our loyal cruise guests share. We have begun conversations with the new owners of Saga Sapphire about delaying delivery of the ship. Our hope is to postpone her farewell trip.

In addition, “I have personally written to all our booked guests to explain the situation, requesting that we be able to keep your reservation open while we finalize these details. I sincerely hope that our guests scheduled to be part of the farewell cruise will still be able to travel and experience the surprises and delights we have planned,” said the CEO of Saga Cruises.

Regarding when it will be known if they will be able to postpone the delivery, “we are still in conversations with the new owners of Saga Sapphire and our intention is to have new information in early May,” concluded Blanks. reported that the Saga Sapphire was inaugurated in 1982, after being delivered a year earlier by Bremer Vulkan Shipyard in Bremen, having started her sailing under the name “Europa” which she used while in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet.