And, I did not really get good pics of her. However, since being in Southampton I have seen two of her sister ships; Azamara Quest and Adonia. I was also fortunate to take a quick stroll around the latter and she was very pretty inside.
Operated by Oceania Cruises, she is one of the three similar sisters that they have (Regatta (“R2”) and Insignia (“R1”) being the other two), and they also operate the Marina which called in Southampton on 11 June. Strangely enough it was also murky and foggy the day she arrived. Nautica is the former “R5”
What a difference between my 09H45 pic and my 19H20 pic. Light was equally blinding at Mayflower so I decided to rather head back to TC, however, Nautica was already singling up so I had too stand my ground and do my best.
She was berthed starboard side to, so it was really a matter of backing and turning and then going forward while turning. Theoretically an easy maneuver, we do something very similar when we park a car, but doing it with a ship is a totally different story. Yet, it is now becoming increasingly routine. No tugs required.
Then she was turned and a slight pause and she started moving slowly across in front of us. Steadily going a little bit faster all the time.
But, an interesting encounter was ahead. As she neared the Red Funnel terminal the Red Eagle decided to sail too and the pair both attempted to occupy the same space at the same time, Red Eagle facing almost at 90 degrees to Nautica.
Red Eagle stopped, and then rotated about her axis until she was facing in the same direction as Nautica was. She can do that quite easily as she is a bi-directional ferry. She probably slipped in behind the ship, and followed her down Southampton Water.
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