Southampton Shipwatch 35: Seabourn Sojourn

I woke up on the 24th of August to a grey and gloomy Southampton. Seabourn Sojourn was supposed to be arriving at 7am and it was 6am already. I dashed down to the harbour, hoping that she wasn’t in yet. Unlike me, she was early, and as I came down the street she was finishing her swinging and was now backing into Ocean Terminal. The weather was gross, and so were my pics. I was disappointed, but, she had to sail later in the afternoon, and I was hoping that once I got off work I would be able to catch her when she slipped at 18H00
From what I can see, she is one of 3 sister ships (Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Quest, Seabourn Sojourn), and I know that Quest has been a caller in South Africa before.  The ships are not your typical mass market blocks of flats, and are really aimed at a more discerning traveler with much more money. A small size also means you can go into many obscure ports that are out of bounds to the larger ships. In fact, she looked slightly dwarfed by the Ocean Terminal when photographed from the parking lots.
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All the other ships had sailed already, and she was the only one left, and by 17H55 she was ready to go, slipping silently out of the Ocean Dock, without even a toot from her whistle.

And after belting out of her berth at a rate of knots she slowed into the port turn, not an unattractive vessel, but not quite a classic either.

And just like that she was out of range, and probably one of the faster sailings I have seen in ages too. I must admit I would like to see on board her, because there is one area I saw on my pics that is very intriguing.  It has a definite hint if sci-fi about it and looks really great.

She is back again on the 3rd of September and I am hoping to get some decently lit shots of her, assuming she doesn’t sneak in and out while I am not looking. 

DRW © 2013-2022. Images recreated 10/04/2016

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