Glasgow, Scotland, 9 May 2012 – Following a £60 million refurbishment, Saga’s newest flagship cruise liner, the Saga Sapphire – which set sail on Sunday – has been outfitted with both Andrew Muirhead & Son and Bridge of Weir low carbon leather.

Aviators Bar

With over 2.7 million customers, the over-50s cruise specialist named the ship after suggestions from Saga’s loyal Britannia Club members.  Featuring contemporary and eclectic design with a British twist, Saga worked closely with designers RPW Design, a London-based leading interior design house, and purchasing consultants Joanna Knight Interiors.

Ship Exterior

Joanna Knight at Joanna Knight Interiors said:

“We chose to work with Scottish Leather Group because of the high quality and value of the products on offer.  As well as a wide range of colours to choose from, Andrew Muirhead also produced bespoke colours for many areas of the ship through their flexible manufacturing process.  A further deciding factor was the high level of stock availability and speedy production turnaround.”

“The customer service received has been exemplary – with such a large project  and critical lead times it is essential that suppliers work well with the purchaser and the client.  In this case I am happy to report that both Andrew Muirhead and Bridge of Weir excelled with their attention to detail.”

The majority of the hides specified were Ingleston Linen in colour and were used within the new range of spacious cabins for chair and headboard upholstery.

Other natural colours from Andrew Muirhead included Sateen Oyster, Ingleston Gunmetal, and Ingleston Stone and a further five bespoke shades were also manufactured.  From Bridge of Weir, muted hues of Grampian Doe, Grampian Vintage Rose and Caledonian Ocean were used throughout the ship.

Drawing Room

These hides are found throughout the vessel in both public and private areas including the Pole to Pole restaurant, The Britannia Lounge, Coopers, Aviators Bar, The Academy, the ‘East to West’ Sri Lankan and Thai cuisine restaurant and the informal Grill Veranda featuring a state-of-the-art kitchen.

The leather was also used in the Drawing Room, predicted to be one of the most popular places on board, featuring a walk-in larder and a library outfitted with iPads, a first for the company.

Jan Wilson, managing director at RPW Design commented:

“As premier UK leather manufacturers, we selected both Bridge of Weir and Andrew Muirhead leather for a variety of reasons – the competitive price point, the quality and superb durability.”

“We had exacting requirements for the subtlety of the leather colouring and the flexible manufacturing process offered was top of the range, resulting in five bespoke colours produced in partnership with RPW Design.  We were able to achieve exactly what we were looking for.”

Archie Browning, sales director, Andrew Muirhead & Son concluded:

“We are delighted to have been specified for such a prominent project in the marine industry.  Having departed for her maiden voyage earlier this week, we wish passengers a smooth sailing and hope all on board enjoy the luxurious new surroundings.”