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Ship to depart on record voyage

Saga Rose in Southampton
The liner completed one million nautical miles during a cruise last year

The cruise ship Saga Rose is set to make history when she departs on her final round the world voyage.

The liner will leave Southampton at 2130 GMT to embark on its 44th world tour, which Saga says is a new record.

It will stand ahead of the QE2 which had completed 25 round the world trips before it sailed to Dubai to be turned into a floating hotel last November.

A fireworks display will see off the ship ahead of a 104-night cruise to end back in Southampton on 20 April.

The ship is due to be retired following a farewell voyage around the Mediterranean leaving Southampton on 30 October.

It will then be turned into a floating hotel, although details on where it will be based have not yet been confirmed.

Originally known as Sagafjord, Saga Rose departed on her maiden world cruise in 1966.

The liner, which can hold 587 passengers, completed one million nautical miles during its last world cruise in 2008.

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