Durban Shipwatch: Vistafjord

Visited March 1990 in Durban. I was not really impressed by her though. The ship visit was a bit of a damp squib too,  and the weather was not particularly nice either.

Approaching Durban
Approaching Durban
From the North Pier
From the North Pier
Arriving in Durban
In Durban and approaching Ocean Terminal

She stayed overnight, and we went down to try get night shots of her. I don’t know why I have no sailing shots of her, logically there should be, but possibly we returned to JHB shortly after we took the night shots.

Vistafjord by night
Vistafjord by night
I wanted a pic of her name all lit up
I wanted a pic of her name all lit up
Official Cunard Line postcard of Vistafjord in happier times

I would see her once again in 2013, sailing under the name Saga Ruby, and she really looked beautiful, although she was in her last days of commercial service as a cruise ship. She was much more memorable in Southampton than I remembered her when she came to Durban as Vistafjord. She was also the first “Cunarder” that I visited.

Saga Ruby sailing from Southampton 2013
*Update 12/04/2017*
On 12 April 2017 the former Vistafjord was beached at Alang for demolition. 
 

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