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P&O Britannia

P&O’s new ship Britannia was handed over yesterday in a ceremony at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard. She’s still there, however – presumably she’s still fitting out. She’s due into Southampton on 6 March and will be christened on 10 March. Her first official public cruise – the maiden voyage – departs on 14 March; however, there’s […]

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Hoegh Osaka grounding

Like many others I was very interested in the news about the grounding of the Hoegh Osaka on Bramble Bank over the weekend. I was also relieved, of course, that there were no fatalities and very few injuries. My first thoughts were: was a pilot on board? were the cars shackled, i.e. tied down? We […]

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I had no idea, honestly – that’s how little attention I’d been paying to the QotS hoopla. But other people had been keeping their eyes on it, including Andrew Sassoli-Walker, and he’s just sent me the images you can see below. Thanks to Andrew; and of course the images are his copyright and should only […]

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  Oasis of the Seas was in Southampton on Wednesday, and Andrew Sassoli-Walker was on-hand to record the visit. He’s been kind enough to let me use some of his images here – thank you once again, Andrew. Here they are:   He was also able to get some shots of Oasis of the Seas […]

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I’ve heard something to the effect that for passengers embarking onto Princess, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and possibly Fred Olsen ships at Southampton, the lines are going to try to restrict passengers to their stated boarding times. Thus, if your cruise information says ‘Boarding time 1:30″ then 1:30 (or later) it will be, no matter if […]

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There’s a rather-apocolyptic warning piece in today’s Southampton Daily Echo. It warns drivers of the likelihood of significant delays around the port area tomorrow (17 May) as a result of there being six ships in port. The ships are Fred’s Balmoral and Black Watch; MSC’s Opera; P&O’s Aurora and Oceana; and Royal Caribbean’s Independence of […]

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It’s been another quiet week, which explains the absence of posts. But today we have some news. First up is today’s ‘Cunard 3 Queens’ arrival into Southampton. I gather that they gathered in Lisbon and sailed together from there to Southampton where they arrived this morning. It’s all related to QM2’s tenth birthday and there’s […]

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I posted a short while ago about the disruption that is occurring in Southampton as a result of roadworks to make access to dock gate 4 easier. I gather that at present, and for the next couple of weeks or so, work is actually being done on the outbound gate at Dock Gate 4. As […]

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About a year or so I did some posts on the short season European of cruises planned for Oasis of the Seas this autumn – here and here are links to a couple of them.  Although I had details of her itineraries within Europe I’d missed the fact that she will be calling at Southampton […]

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It’s all been a bit quiet in the cruise world this last week. Add to that the Bank Holiday plus a couple of days that I spent working away, and you can see why there have been no posts. But here’s a quick roundup of recent events that seem of interest to me. I suppose […]

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