Wind Surf, MSC Poesia & Discovery in Oslo
Our first call on the Discovery cruise on the 27th August 2012 was Oslo.  We were due to arrive for 9am with MSC Poesia an hour later.  When I woke up, I checked the AIS and saw Poesia was behind yet sometime between than and having breakfast, she'd overtaken.  The Captain came on to say we were running about forty-five minutes late due to weather so we still should have been ahead.  It was very windy so, after getting a couple of pictures, went back inside until we were nearer.  Also with us was Wind Surf, the 14,745grt sailing ship, which had an overnight and would be sailing at 11am.  The ship was originally ordered for Windstar Sail Cruises, which Holland America Line solely owned from 1988.  After the Carnival takeover of HAL in 1989, they decided they didn't want Wind Surf or her sister, Wind Saga, so they went to Club Med Cruises with the assistance of the French government.  HAL aquired Club Med I in 1998 and she returned to her original name of Wind Surf some eight years after her debut.  Carnival disposed of Windstar in 2007 and they have had a succession of owners since.
After lunch, I went walking to take photos of Discovery and MSC Poesia.  As I had been docked at the main terminal in June on Opera, seeing Poesia now there was like having a fat Opera alongside.  The MSC was going at 3pm but ended up waiting for two passengers.  About fifteen minutes after time and four warning blasts of the horn, they finished throwing the ropes and went.  I'm not sure if one turned up or if it was crew.  Then I returned to my pretty little girl.
The review of my Discovery cruise can be found here.
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