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So today (Saturday) we’ve travelled to Southampton, prior to embarking Britannia tomorrow. We’re staying in Southampton overnight, at the Novatel. It seems to be OK. I haven’t stayed here before although I have stayed at the Ibis Budget a couple of times and the Novotel is several steps up from that. (As it should be, […]

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It’s been a while since I did one of these. This image was posted by Andrew Sassoli-Walker on his Facebook time stream yesterday, and I really liked it. It shows Ventura proceeding down Southampton Water, catching some late sunshine with rain clouds (and that rainbow!) behind her. I gather it was pretty wet down there […]

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Yikes! I’ve just discovered that Harmony of the Seas will be in Southampton this Sunday when we embark Britannia for our Fjords cruise. She’ll be embarking passengers for a 7-night cruise to Barcelona, from where she will do the rest of her summer schedule. So in port on Sunday there will be HotS (I like […]

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A deal was announced yesterday between RCI and the Port of Southampton. The two parties have signed a 7-year deal which “secures Southampton’s City Cruise Terminal as the official UK home of Royal Caribbean International and secures £5.5 million’s worth of investment from the holiday company“. I’m not entirely sure what that means; the cynic […]

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Many readers, on looking at the image above, will remember the incident. The Hoegh Osaka, a car carrier, developed a severe list (in excess of 40 degrees) as she was rounding the Brambles outbound from Southampton, and eventually grounded, as shown above, on Bramble Bank. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) have now published their […]

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In response to yesterday’s post about new embarkation procedures that have been introduced by P&O, Damian Gaughan sent the comment below. I think it adds a useful clarification so I’ve repeated part of it here:- I think that it is worth mentioning that for Peninsular Club Caribbean and Baltic Tier customers a 1pm embarkation time […]

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Last year it was reported that P&O were enforcing embarkation times onto Britannia, and it now seems that this policy has been extended to the rest of the fleet as well. (In Southampton at least – presumably not for fly-cruises, where arrival times are determined by flights rather than personal choice.) P&O has always sent […]

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I’ve seen a press release from AB Ports which says that they and Carnival UK are jointly funding refurbishments and improvements to the QEII terminal in Southampton. The project has just started and will last until the spring, although the work will be done in two stages. It will cost about £5m. Work to be […]

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Andrew Sassoli-Walker did a Facebook post the other day lamenting the recent non-appearance of the Red Arrows over Southampton because of bad weather. I read it and nodded to myself, thinking that this was obviously a regular occurrence. Most recently, I thought, with the P&O Grand Event, when we were due to see not just […]

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Another slow week for cruise and cruise-related news, which means that I haven’t posted anything. However, I have been cudgelling the brain cells and I’ve realised that there is something I’d like to know from my readers: what’s the newly-refurbished Mayflower Terminal like? This has some relevance because according to the latest information on the […]

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