Oasia Review and Specifications
Specifications of Oasia
|Year built||1973 / Age : 45|
|Builder||Swan Hunter Shipbuilding (Wallsend on Tyne, England)|
|Speed||21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph|
|Length (LOA)||191 m / 627 ft|
|Beam (width)||25 m / 82 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||24492 gt|
|Passengers||655 - 766|
|Decks with cabins||9|
|Former names||Vistafjord, Caronia, Saga Ruby|
Review of Oasia
Oasia was built as a combined ocean liner/cruise ship named Vistafjord by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders, United Kingdom for the Norwegian America Line in 1973. Ten years later she was sold to Cunard Line, and retained her original name until 1999 when she received the name Caronia. In 2004 the ship was sold to Saga Cruises and sailed as Saga Ruby until 2014, when she was sold for use as a floating hotel and renamed Oasia.
History - construction & ownership
The 24,492-ton, 666-passenger cruise ship Oasia looks a lot like North America's medium-sized luxury cruise vessels. After the name change in 2004, Saga Ruby was extensively facelifted for £17 million. Onboard decors range from contemporary to minimalist. In April 2012 was the launch of Saga Cruises new ship, Saga Sapphire, and in the end of 2013 the company said farewell to the much-loved Saga Ruby, which has charmed thousands of travelers with classic lines and elegant furnishings.
Cruise itinerary program
In January 2014, Saga Ruby was sold for $14 million to Millennium View Ltd, a privately held company headquartered in Singapore. The new owners planned to convert her into a floating hotel in Burma. In the middle of February 2014 she sailed as Oasia from Gibraltar under Bahamas flag and FleetPro Ocean management.
Saga Holidays is among the few companies that offer single cabins on cruise ships. Saga Ruby (Oasia) offers 92 single cabins, which is almost a quarter of the entire Saga Ruby accommodations - there are 383 cabins onboard; 34 of them feature balconies. All cabins have a bathroom with a shower, a wardrobe with drawers; a writing desk or dressing table and chair; a radio; flat-screen television, DVD player, telephone, hair dryer and air conditioning; upon request, twin beds can convert to king-size. Wall-mounted lamps are innovative and flexible - they can be moved about for late-night readers.
The suites offer whirlpool tubs in all of the bathrooms, and duplex suites have two private balconies, sauna, bar area, exercise equipment and library lounge with sound system. Six of the cabins are outfitted and wheelchair access is provided; six other cabins are designated for people with special needs. For friends who travel in groups, the cabins of X and Y category are suitable for three people.
Dining options - Food & Drinks
Dinner is served open seating because of the small number of travelers onboard. The Dining Room is open nightly from seven to nine p.m. Saga Ruby (Oasia) passengers choose to dine in the alternative dining venue, the View, reservations required, no extra fee added. The restaurant is only for twenty-eight passengers, really intimate. It is adjoined by the PreView bar where nightly dancing and music are provided - it is open to all of the passengers and remains small thus maintaining coziness. Passengers can take lunch and breakfast in either the Dining Room, or the buffet venue Lido Cafe. Also available is 24-hour room service.
Entertainment options - Fun & Sport
Saga Ruby offers daily afternoon tea in the ballroom, midnight buffets - in Lido Cafe. Alcohol prices are affordable, though alcohol is not included into all-inclusive fares - it is almost half the price on mainstream cruise ships. The public area that is most striking is the Saga Ruby’s library - it is a highlight with its dark wood cases and extensive selection of DVDs and books, leather chairs near the windows. The modern and luxurious Spa Aquarius provides an indoor pool, steam room, sauna and a salon; the brand new gym with its floor-to-ceiling windows, spans just to the width of Bridge Deck. The spa is operated by the U.K. based Harding Brothers, offering usual treatments and a few targeted to Saga audience - “liftosome facial” and “arthritic body and retention fluid treatment and massage”. There is an outdoor pool on Lido deck surrounded by sun loungers.
Most of the passengers onboard Saga Ruby are fifty years old or older - none are younger than forty. Saga Ruby offers child-free relaxed environment for those who seek for quieter experience. It is also the perfect cruise ship for single seniors with a quarter of cabins designed for solo travelers.