Category Archives: Ship Stalking

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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