Category Archives: Ship Stalking

Farewell Oriana

As everyone will know by now, Carnival Corporation, parent company of the P&O Cruises brand, have decided to sell their former flagship. To date, the name of the buyer nor what her purpose will be, haven’t been revealed just “Chinese … Continue reading

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Happy 70th Astoria!

This little beauty entered service as Stockholm for Swedish America Line on the 21st February 1948, setting sail from Gothenburg to New York. She came to international attention in July 1956 when she and the Andrea Doria collided off Nantucket, … Continue reading

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Saga Goes Retro

When Saga started ocean cruising in 1996, the ships had dark hulls with yellow funnels. After purchase of Bleu de France in 2011, they decided to go with a light blue funnel, the new logo spread across both sides, despite … Continue reading

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Return of the P&O Prodigal

Okay maybe not quite but it felt like it. How many ships get two fire tug salutes when they re-enter the same fleet? I don’t mean things like Canberra’s return from the Falklands but after a brief time away with … Continue reading

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Busy Weekend in Southampton

While four and five cruise ships have become the norm in the Port of Southampton over the past few years, it’s very rare to get six in one day or even seven but that is what will happen over the … Continue reading

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Arrivederci Anna Mur

Wightlink’s St. Helen, underwent her final crossing from Portsmouth to Fishbourne on the 26th March 2015. She was laid up at Solent Refit after being bought by Delcomar, who also purchased St. Catherine and renamed her GB Conte. Work began … Continue reading

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The Fantastic Four – Fred. Olsen in Bergen

Well what a day this was for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Bergen. Braemar left first from Dover on the 18th followed by Black Watch (Liverpool 23rd), Balmoral (Southampton 25th) and finally Boudicca (Newcastle 26th). I watched Balmoral sail. I … Continue reading

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QM2 Cunard 175

The 2nd and 4th July were the real 175 celebrations for Cunard. Beginning in their homeport on a cloudy but dry July day, the Red Arrows had to cancel their 25 minute display at 3.05pm due to weather at Bournemouth … Continue reading

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Cunard’s Thank You To Southampton

As everyone knows by now, 2015 is the 175th anniversary of Cunard or British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company as it was originally called. Since returning from the world cruises on the 3rd May, we’ve had all … Continue reading

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As Lisboa is Sold For Scrap, What Next For Portuscale?

Today it was announced the classic ship, Lisboa, had been sold for scrap and would sail for Turkey on the 15th March. The former Princess Danae will join her sister, Princess Daphne in maritime memories. Both were originally owned by … Continue reading

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Indy & Navigator OTS Return To Southampton?

Navigator of the Seas was the second Royal Caribbean ship to be based in the port back in 2007 after two successful seasons with the smaller Legend. Navigator was my first Royal Caribbean ship and the ONLY one to date … Continue reading

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My 2014 Highlights

It’s been a funny old year for me, most notably because only did TWO cruises! Since my back, which has been bad since June 2010, was a good 90% better, it was time to start looking for a job and … Continue reading

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New Era For P&O Cruises

In March 2015, the newest ship in the P&O fleet, Britannia, will arrive from Fincantieri. When she was unveiled in September 2013, all renderings had the usual buff on both funnels. Yet in January 2014, that was changed to Union … Continue reading

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Voyager Cruise – Cadiz to Portsmouth

After lunch it was time for a few dock photos then while back in the cabin, there was an announcement about testing the PA and alarm systems. Well it’s different! Sea Cloud II was sailing at 4pm but it was … Continue reading

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Voyager Cruise – Civitavecchia to San Remo

Voyages of Discovery had organised my flights to Rome for the Springtime European Voyager cruise on their current ship, Voyager. I had only done Discovery once in 2012 and that was roundtrip Harwich so transfers were new to me. I … Continue reading

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Vision OTS Post-Refit Cruise – 5th to 10th November 2013

I’d booked the Sea & Sea tour and hoped it wouldn’t rain again! Took my brolly just in case. we had a couple of stops, including Marigot for an hour did a boat trip to see some underwater wildlife then … Continue reading

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Vision OTS Post-Refit Cruise – 1st to 5th November 2013

November began at 24c and we also gained another hour so were 2 behind GMT. A very lazy day reading on the balcony after going to the lecture. I finally finished a book I began on Independence a year ago! … Continue reading

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Vision OTS Post-Refit Cruise – 28th to 31st October 2013

The beautiful Vision of the Seas left Southampton for Cadiz on the 24th September 2013, arriving on the 27th. For the next month she would undergo transformation and never be the same ship again. After 5 fabulous cruises on her … Continue reading

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UK Storm Affects Cruise Itineraries – Updated

The impending storm across England has resulted in several cruise lines changing their itineraries to avoid most of the bad weather. Southampton has sometimes had ships divert from Dover Cruise Port and it’s very rare Southampton is closed. One example … Continue reading

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Vision OTS Pre-Refit Cruise – Greenock to Southampton

I met my friend Graham, who I hadn’t seen since 2002 and we drove to Largs for a cuppa and bite to eat. It was great seeing him again as we had a catch up and reminisced about the past. … Continue reading

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Vision OTS Pre-Refit Cruise – Copenhagen to Greenock

The beautiful Vision of the Seas was going to be leaving Europe for the last time in 2013, just over 4 years since she arrived. I’d been on her first European, from Harwich to Oslo in 2009 after a fabulous … Continue reading

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The Great Kent Road & Cross-Channel Ferry Trip

On the 3rd and 4th July my friend Fay and I went to Dover for the night via the scenic route. I say scenic route because, after running an errand in Meopham and having a hard time trying to get … Continue reading

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Norwegian Breakaway Transatlantic – Sea Days

Our first sea day to New York on the 1st May was sunny but a bit chilly. We gained an hour but I forgot to change it on the phone so thought it was later than it was. I had … Continue reading

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Sydney Stalking

I arrived in Sydney aboard Radiance of the Seas on the 9th April 2013 and stayed a few days to see some ships. As it was the end of the season, there weren’t many but we begin with Radiance. The … Continue reading

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Radiance of the Seas Cruise – Dunedin to Sydney

I was booked on the Dunedin Highlights tour and as we were leaving the ship, we had to drop our bags for the beagle sniffer dogs. After a drive from Port Chalmers to Dunedin, we stopped at the Otago Museum, … Continue reading

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Radiance of the Seas in Fremantle

It was the day I’d flown almost 10,000 miles for – Radiance of the Seas had finally caught me up in Fremantle! I’d arrived in Perth just after midnight on the 16th so the ship was lagging somewhat behind. A … Continue reading

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Cruising Down Under

Cruising from Australia has become very popular over the past few years, with more cruise lines positioning ships down there. For many years there was only P&O, the Australian branch of the well known British line. Royal Caribbean now have … Continue reading

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Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013

Well here we are on the last day of the old year and what a busy one it’s been. Sadly the maritime year began with tragedy on the 13th January, when Costa Concordia his a rock off Giglio, partially capsizing … Continue reading

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Independence OTS Cruise – Tenerife to Southampton

The afternoon’s weather wasn’t much better as we had heavy rain showers from nowhere. Thankfully, by the time AIDAbella sailed at 4pm, it had stopped. Our departure was 6pm only we went 20 minutes early. I really wished Captain Remo … Continue reading

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Independence OTS Cruise – Lisbon to Tenerife

We and Columbus 2 were both due to sail at 6pm so I went to the Diamond lounge just after 5pm for a while then headed out. We were late but then so was Columbus 2! I found out later … Continue reading

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