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Saga Pearl 2 makes its first and final call to Nelson Mandela Bay

By Jesica Slabbert - Mar 15, 2019
Saga Pearl 2 makes its first and final call to Nelson Mandela Bay

Port Elizabeth - On Wednesday morning, the Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA)Port of Port Elizabeth welcomed theMV Saga Pearl 2 cruise liner as it journeys across the ocean on its final voyage before being withdrawn from service.

The Saga Pearl 2 was previously known as the MV Astoria. Its normal itinerary involves round-trip cruises from the United Kingdom ports of Dover and Southampton to the fjords of Norway, Mediterranean, Canary Islands as well as South America.

The cruise liner has been in operation for more than 28 years and is currently on her last itinerary for Saga Cruises. The itinerary for her final cruise involves a 54-night voyage to Africa which started when she left Portsmouth in the UK on the 16th of February 2019.

Saga Pearl 2 voyage across Africa

Some of the African ports being visited are Banjul, Luanda, Luderitz, Maputo, Walvis Bay and Port Elizabeth. This will be the first time the Saga Pearl 2 will be making its call to the Friendly City as well as its last. The Saga Pearl 2 is carrying more than 350 passengers for its final cruise.

“We at Transnet would like to welcome you to the Port of Port Elizabeth, as well as bid you bon voyage as this is your first and last call to the city.

“We have really rolled out the red carpet for the Saga Pearl 2 to welcome you to the city and the port and thank you for calling to the port,” said Harbour Master Brynn Adamson.

Both the Saga Pearl 2 and the Saga Sapphire are being withdrawn from service; leaving the fleet, and two new Saga ships; the Spirit of Discovery and the Spirit of Adventure are being delivered to Saga Cruises.

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