10 June 2016, 01:00

Saga Cruises announces new non-executive director

Saga Cruises has announced the appointment of Richard Vogel to the Board. Richard joined the Saga Cruise board on 23rd May 2016 as a non-executive director.

Commenting on the appointment, Robin Shaw, chief executive of Saga Cruises said:

“This is a really exciting time for Saga Cruises as we embark on our first ever new build cruise ship. I am therefore absolutely delighted that we have been able to strengthen our Board with the appointment of Richard Vogel. Richard’s experience in having managed the development of new ships will provide invaluable insight, perspective and challenge to the Board. His appointment enhances the excellent team we have built.”

Mr Vogel has extensive industry experience including with AIDA Cruises, a German cruise business, which was taken over by Carnival in 2003. Before becoming CEO and chairman of TUI Cruises, Richard as Director of Special Projects, developed TUI’s cruise business including new build ships.

Richard Vogel commented:

“I am delighted to be appointed as a member of the Board and am looking forward to working with the senior management team to develop the long term strategy for the future of Saga Shipping.”

Saga cruises announced in September 2015 their intentions to build a new ship to be delivered in Summer 2019. The new ship will carry less than 1,000 passengers and will retain the intimacy and personal touch for which Saga is renowned. All cabins will have exterior balconies and the vessel is approximately 56,000 GRT.


For further information or picture please contact: Lisa Harris, head of communications, Saga plc

E: lisa.harris@saga.co.uk or Tel: 01303 774716


Richard has been appointed as NED for Acromas Shipping Ltd with effect from 23rd may 2016.

Saga Holidays is the winner of 16 Gold British Travel Awards 2015 including Best Small Ships Cruise Line, Best Specialist Cruise Line (Ocean) and Best Cruise Line for Customer Service.



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