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"Updating" Sapphire

"Updating" Sapphire

Postby khkate » 27 Nov 2017 17:06

Sapphire is currently in dry dock in Bremerhaven. The captain has just updated the blog - and she has had another paint job on her funnel - Saga going back to yellow! Kike they have shown in the artists illustrations for the new ships. Wonder if Pearl will get her funnel repainted - or be left in the blue/white colours until she retires!
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Re: "Updating" Sapphire

Postby hazel20 » 28 Nov 2017 12:35

i wondered if they were going back to yellow when I saw the brochure for Spirit of Discovery.

i prefer the blue but I expect others prefer yellow!
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Re: "Updating" Sapphire

Postby Carwalsick » 28 Nov 2017 16:41

My wife likes the blue but, on principle, I prefer yellow.

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Re: "Updating" Sapphire

Postby khkate » 28 Nov 2017 21:28

Ruby and Rose had the yellow funnels. I've got to like the blue/white funnels - makes them quite distinctive I think and even on the blue/white there have been a variety of designs. In a way, I think its a shame they are going back to the yellow ones - but as they say "the wheel keeps turning" so back to yellow and no doubt in years to come, the blue and white ones will make a reappearance!

The ships that used to belong to the Portuguese line - Funchal, Porto, etc - used to have yellow funnels and they were also dark blue/black hulls, so that at times coming into Lisbon, it would look as if it was another Saga ship there - I sort of wonder if that is part of the reason why Saga changed their livery as that other line had gone into administration.
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Postby Carwalsick » 28 Nov 2017 22:02

Just another example of money being spent on rebranding the only beneficiaries being "consultants". New logo, new typeface, new funnels? Cynic, moi?

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Postby khkate » 29 Nov 2017 14:39

Carwalsick wrote:Just another example of money being spent on rebranding


So agree with you - like the revamp of the website on a continual basis and guess which people have the "joys" of road-testing it - us , the loyal clientele. Also, can't understand the point of this Possibilities programme - which seems a true waste of time. These 'deals' have always been available. Rebranding it into an "exclusive club" makes no sense!
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Postby judgegeoff » 29 Nov 2017 19:59

Carwalsick wrote:Just another example of money being spent on rebranding the only beneficiaries being "consultants". New logo, new typeface, new funnels? Cynic, moi?

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For many years I worked for the Central Electricity Generating Board (C.E.G.B.).
In the 1990s the C.E.G.B. was privatised and....
The division I worked for (Nuclear) became National Power....
After a short while this became National Power (Nuclear)....
And later became Nuclear Electric...
Changing to British Energy....
(At which point I was offered, and grabbed, early retirement on 22/11/1996)....
But the Company is now Electricite de France (E.D.F.).

Each change of name required a massive amount of changes, not least stationary, contractual and safety procedures and testing, commissioning, operation and maintenance paperwork etc., etc., etc. Each change was a massive exercise which always seemed to be always overseen by American Consultants.

Six months after I took early retirement I received several phone calls from my old company asking If I would go back and work for them as a Consultant. Eventually I returned for a few years, working just 3 days per week (for more or less my original 5 day per week salary and whilst still receiving my pension). How on earth could that ever make sense? Most 'Consultants' appeared to be in their 20s and I often wonder why the company took so much advice from these 'experienced' experts!
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Postby Carwalsick » 29 Nov 2017 21:06

A consultant is someone who borrows your watch, tells you what time it is, pockets the watch and sends you a bill for it.

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Postby Gillzajoker » 30 Nov 2017 12:30

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Re: "Updating" Sapphire

Postby khkate » 02 Dec 2017 20:21

Well Sapphire is due to arrive - with her new livery - in Southampton later this evening. She was originally scheduled to arrive this morning, but this has slipped back during the day, even through she is steaming at 17 knots.
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