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Saga Ruby: Final voyage complete for British cruise ship

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Media captionThe Saga Ruby was built on the Tyne by shipyard Swan Hunter in 1972

The last cruise ship to be built on the Tyne has returned to Southampton from its final voyage.

The Saga Ruby was built by shipyard Swan Hunter in 1972. The vessel used to work for Cunard under the name Caronia.

The 40-year-old ship will now retire from service. It is thought it will become a floating hotel in Burma.

It was due back on Tuesday but bad weather prevented it crossing the Bay of Biscay on the way back from Lisbon.

Saga Ruby's month-long farewell cruise left the UK on 14 December and visited the Mediterranean - ports included Monte Carlo, Monaco, Gibraltar and Funchal, Madeira.

Its original plan had been to cross the Atlantic and cruise around the Caribbean, but it had to be altered because of a problem with one of its generators.

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