Plans are afoot to moor a retired cruise ship in Southampton as a floating hotel and tourist attraction

Plans are afoot to moor a retired cruise ship in Southampton as a floating hotel and tourist attraction. Saga Cruises, which specialises in cruises for the over 50’s, says it wants to moor its liner Saga Rose in the city for a minimum of 10 years.

Three locations are under consideration, with Town Quay understood to be the favourite. However it would cost an estimated £15 million to sink mooring dolphins and install shoreside equipment before the ship could be brought alongside.

Saga Rose was built for Norwegian owners in 1965 for as the Sagafjord, and later operated for Cunard before being bought by Saga in 1996.