Cruise RU456 on the Saga Ruby to the Faeroes

(Please scroll down to see my photographs and read my report)

Date: Port: Flag: Tour escort: Comment:
21/07/2011 Dover, UK
23/07/2011 Dublin, Ireland Glendalough Mystical monastery
26/07/2011 Torshavn, Faeroes Traditional villages Glorious day!
27/07/2011 Klaksvik, Faeroes Overcast
28/07/2011 Kirkwall, Orkney Grey
29/07/2011 Stornoway, Lewis Historic Lewis Stark
31/07/2011 Belfast, Northern Ireland Mount Stewart Grand
01/08/2011 Holyhead, North Wales Snowdon mountain railway With Captain Rentell!
02/08/2011 Milford Haven, South West Wales National Botanic Garden Beautiful
04/08/2011 Dover, England Off by 8:30


Ian, Kathy, Michael & me

Ian, Kathy, Michael & me



Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle



Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle



Trinity College, Dublin

Trinity College, Dublin



Ashtown Castle, Phoenix Park, Dublin

Ashtown Castle, Phoenix Park, Dublin



Malahide harbour, Co. Dublin

Malahide harbour, Co. Dublin



The old town, Torshavn, Faeroes

The old town, Torshavn, Faeroes



The fort, Torshavn, Faeroes

The fort, Torshavn, Faeroes



Orkney cliffs

Orkney cliffs



Victoria Square, Belfast

Victoria Square, Belfast



Saga Ruby

Saga Ruby



Here's my report on the cruise:

Just to let you know that I have just got back from a super cruise to the Faeroes on the lovely Saga Ruby. I drove over to Dover via Ashford to take advantage of the free car parking on the pier. The first morning in Dublin I took the Luas tram to Heuston station and then visited the Royal Hospital and Jail at Kilmainham. The former was very impressive and now houses the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). It is younger than Chelsea Hospital but older than Greenwich. Another monumental courtyard awaited me at the Michael Collins Barracks now the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History. Both these attractions offered free admission. In the afternoon I was tour escort to the mystical monastery of Glendalough in the pretty Wicklow mountains. On the second morning in Dublin I took the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) train to Greystones via the Bray Head cormorant colony. On the way back into the city I stopped off in Dun Laoghaire (Kingstown).

Cruising past the Inner Hebrides we saw Fingal's cave on the island of Staffa. In Torshavn I was an escort on the Traditional villages tour in glorious weather and scenery. However the next day was overcast in dreary Klaksvik. I went into Kirkwall town on the Orkney islands in both the morning and afternoon to marvel at St. Magnus's majestic cathedral. In Stornoway I did the town in the morning including seeing the two fat, lazy seals begging for fish scraps in the harbour! In the afternoon I was escort on the Historic Lewis tour. The Callanish stone circle is second only to Stonehenge! The Black House at Arnol was interesting if somewhat smokey with burning peat.

Cruising past the Inner Hebrides again we saw Tobermory and the Paps of Jura but I slept through the transit of the Corryvreckan whirlpool! I went into Belfast city to photograph the new Titanic building in the morning and was then tour escort to the interesting Mount Stewart stately home and gardens. The morning trip up Snowdon on the mountain railway was spectacular until we entered cloud three quarters of the way up. I shared a compartment with Captain Philip Rentell. In the afternoon I went into Holyhead to see the Roman fort. The high point of the cruise was the tour to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. The Norman Foster domed greenhouse was spectacular if somewhat hot!

Good points were:

  1. Triple aspect, forward facing observation lounge with circular dance floor.
  2. Rear facing outside twin cabin with two picture windows.
  3. Excellent programme of up to 4 lectures per sea day.
  4. Hosting 2 tables in the main dining room.
  5. Good sized rectangular dance floor.
  6. In bed by midnight every night!
  7. All round teak promenade deck.
  8. Free fruit and water in cabin.
  9. Triple height oval staircase.
  10. Efficient cabin steward.
  11. Free launderette.

Usual sea day programme:

09:00 - 09:45 Line dance class in the Ballroom.
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch in the Lido.
12:30 - 14:00 Siesta
14:15 - 15:00 Ballroom / Latin American dance class in the Ballroom.

Usual evening programme:

06:30 - 07:15 Pre-dinner dancing in the Britannia Lounge.
07:15 - 09:00 Dinner in the main dining room.
09:00 - 09:30 Pre-show dancing in the Ballroom.
09:45 - 10:30 Showtime.
10:30 - 11:15 Post-show dancing in the Ballroom.

For the record ...