There has been a lot of hype surrounding the maiden call of the new Royal Princess in Southampton that was to happen on 7 June, even the weather was looking great for the event. That is until the 7th of June.
When I woke up it was raining, and cold and not the sort of weather you want to see for a normal day, never mind a maiden arrival. The ship was due in around 12H00, but I headed off into the rain just after 10H30 because you never know with these things. I spent my time trying to keep dry and not getting splashed by passing vehicles, and almost missed her arrival as she came around the corner by QEII, Of course being a white ship in the mist and rain means that photography is difficult and keeping the camera dry is the main priority.
However, dedicated ship photographers usually shrug this weather off and still get wet trying to take pics of things that float. I was already wet just from my walk down to Town Quay.
Best spot I could get to photograph her was through the fence, even in this weather the best spots were occupied. The ship was due to go in with her starboard side alongside, so she had to swing in front of us. Unlike the Norwegian Breakaway arrival we were destined to get lousy pics. Even the horde of small boats that were expected did not turn up, in fact it was a pretty dismal affair altogether. My first impression of her is bulk, she is high, and long but does not have the cluttered upper decks of Breakaway, iif anything she is better looking than a lot of the ugly ships we see so often.
Then it was time to head off home while she reversed into her berth, a bit of a damp squib? you bet. But she is in port until the 9th so you can be rest assured everybody will be there to see her sail, except me as I am working on that day.
I will try to catch her arrival on one of the other days when she is scheduled here after her shakedowns, although if I do miss her these could be the only pics I have of her, and they are lousy.
The next day…..
I managed to grab a ticket for a trip with Shieldhall and we had to go past Ocean Terminal. The sun was actually shining so I did get some new pics of the Royal Princess. Unfortunately though I did miss her sailing, but am hoping to catch her later this week.
On my way home I snapped a quick shot of her from inside the harbour. A bit crowded, but it does give an indication as to what a ship looks like when she is alongside at Ocean Terminal.
Sailing 14 June 2013
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