Category Archives: Southampton

Farewell Eclipse

Today, the Celebrity Eclipse sailed from Southampton for the last time after 7.5 years and eight wonderful seasons. The second of the Solstice class to set propeller in Southampton Water, she made her debut on a hazy April day in … Continue reading

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Canberra and Rotterdam 20 Years On

Lots of things happened in 1997 including the death of Princess Diana. But to ship nuts, the 30th September was a very sad day as two ships with different fates ended their careers with their respective cruise lines. SS Rotterdam … Continue reading

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Braemar Visit

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is known for small ship cruising on grand old ladies, daring to cruise where many others avoid by building bigger ships. You know you’re on a Fred as soon as you set foot aboard. The standard … Continue reading

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Blue Funnel Cowes Firework Cruise

Each year, Blue Funnel Cruises runs a party cruise from Ocean Village to see the Cowes Week fireworks. Due to Lee Rayment acquiring the Hythe ferry earlier in the year, they added a pick-up from Hythe pier this year (4th … Continue reading

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Queen Mary 2 Celebrates US-France Cultural Legacy

On the 24th June, QM2 will return to her birthplace of Saint Nazaire to take part in a special charter commemorating 100 years since American troops landed there in World War I. Once there, The Bridge, a celebration of cultural … 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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Whatever Happened To…The White Horse Ferries

With the excellent news that Blue Funnel Cruises took over running Hythe ferry in Hampshire from the 21st April 2017, I thought I’d do a piece about the ferries the former owners, White Horse Ferries Limited, actually built and owned … Continue reading

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