Retrospective Shipwatch: Vistafjord

I first saw Vistafjord when she called in Durban in March 1990. In those days she was owned by Cunard, and bore a grey hull with a Cunard funnel livery. She arrived on one of those ugly grey Durban days so the images I have of her are not great at all. To be honest I was not really impressed by her though and the visit was a bit of a damp squib too. The weather contributing to the overall gloom.  These Vistafjord images were scanned from slides so are not great quality. 

Approaching Durban

From the North Pier

In Durban and approaching Ocean Terminal

Vistafjord was built for Norwegian America Line (NAL) from Swan Hunter Shipbuilders, Newcastle, and was the last cruise ship to have been built in the United Kingdom.  As built she was of 24292 GRT with a length of 191.09 m, Beam 25.00 m and Draught 8.20m. She could carry a maximum of  670 passengers and was twin screwed.

Aft Deck and ship visit group

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.

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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