Defunct Cruise Lines
Ms Astoria was built in 1981 at the German Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft shipyard and named Astor, the vessel was operated by the newly formed German company Hadag Cruise Line, four years later the ship was sold to South African company Safmarine who ran the ship for several years until Astoria was acquired by club cruise, in 2002 the ship was chartered to Transocean tours who specialized in cruises to Norway and Europe, the company operated the ship till 2008 when the Astoria had to be laid up due to serious mechanical problems.
in 2009 club cruise sold MS Astoria at auction to Saga Cruises and later that same year she underwent a £20million three-month refit including a new name Saga Pearl II, she embarked on her first cruise for saga on 15 March 2010.
in 2012 she became the flagship for Saga's Discovery-style Adventure Cruises and is currently sailing under the name MV Quest for Adventure, However the ship is expected to revert back to her previous name Saga Pearl II later in 2013.
Saga specialize in cruises for the 50 plus age range so cruises on this ship are not recomended for families with children and there are no are no facilities on the ship suitable for children.
Onboard Entertainment and Facilities
|Restaurants & Bars||Shops|
|Fast Food||Room Service|
|Nightclub or Disco||Lounge|
|Pursers desk||Excursion desk|
|Card room||Medical room|
|Laundry room||Sauna/steam room|
|Gym||Childrens activity clubs|
|Babysitting service||Video games room|
|Sports facilities||Outdoor movie theater|
Down the hatch - Here's a drinking expression that seems to have its origins in sea freight, where cargoes are lowered into the hatch. First used by seamen, it has only been traced back to the turn of the century.
Clean Bill of Health - This widely used term has its origins in the document issued to a ship showing that the port it sailed from suffered from no epidemic or infection at the time of departure
As the Crow Flies - When lost or unsure of their position in coastal waters, ships would release a caged crow. The crow would fly straight towards the nearest land thus giving the vessel some sort of a navigational fix. The tallest lookout platform on a ship came to be know as the crow's nest.
Violet Jessop: worked as a stewardess and nurse
she achieved fame by surviving the sinkings of both the RMS Titanic and the HMHS Britannic, she was also on board the RMS Olympic in 1911 when it collided with the HMS Hawke.
Hardtack: A sailor’s diet in 17th century included ships biscuit or hardtack made from ground floor water and salt these were baked till hard, the biscuit also included additional unintentional ingredients such as maggots and weevils.