Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Office
7 Upper Grosvenor Street
London W1K 2LX
Tel : +44 (0)207 491 4264
Fax : +44 (0)207 408 2487
Capacity 450 pers
Crew 220 pers
Taille 164.35 m
The cruise ship Quest for Adventure (formerly Astoria and Saga Pearl II) has been operating for more than 28 years, making cruises world wide. The vessel has a near (but bigger) sister-ship Astor. Both ships were operated by Transocean Tours. In August 2009, Saga Cruises made a successful bid for the ship at auction. The ship was renamed Saga Pearl II and embarked on her first cruise in March 2010. Se was renamed as Quest for Adventure in May 2012.
Astoria is a cruise ship with a long history. The ship was built in 1981 in the ship yard of Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, Werk Ross, Hamburg, Yard no. 165. The builder was one of the highest quality builders of the time. The ship was ordered by the newly formed German company Hadag Cruise Line, which quickly sold it to South African company Safmarine, because the ship was not profitable enough. The vessel Astoria operated in the Atlantic ocean making cruises between South Africa and Europe. This continued for many years, before in 2002 it entered service for Transocean Tours, the company specialized in cruising in Norway and Europe. The vessel then operated closer to the shore, making low-cost cruises for German, Norwegian and Swedish passengers.
In November 2008, a world cruise had to be aborted after serious mechanical problems were identified during a refit in Barcelona. The ship remained laid up in Barcelona until June 2009 when she was towed to Gibraltar. After an auction in August, Saga Cruises acquired the ship after an unsuccessful attempt to do so earlier in the year.
In late 2009, the ship sailed to Swansea, Wales where she underwent a £20million three-month refit in the re-opened Swansea dry dock. She sailed on her first cruise as Saga Pearl II on 15 March 2010 to the Norwegian Fjords.
She was be renamed MV Quest for Adventure in May 2012 and will be become the flagship for Saga's Discovery-style Adventure Cruises. It would appear that she will not be undergoing a refit at this time but will continue in her new role with the same facilities, captain and crew.
Once again the Quest for Adventure will assume the name Saga Pearl II, in 2014 following the retirement of the Saga Ruby.