Independence of the Seas Maiden Voyage, Queen Victoria & Ventura
A big day for Southampton on the 2nd May 2008.  There were three brand new ships in.  Queen Victoria, the eldest of the trio, was in QEII for the first time since her arrival in December.  She was also the third Cunarder in two weeks to be docked starboard (Lizzie on the 18th April and Mary on the 22nd).  Meanwhile in Mayflower was Ventura, having just returned from her maiden voyage.  Quite a few passengers hopped across to City to join Independence of the Seas for her maiden.  I was on Independence myself so it was left to my dad yet again to get the photos.
Independence left a few minutes early but there was no spectacular send off.  Not one firework or fire tug.  Many people turned out to see her sail.  She blasted once, then again a short while later and finally several more times as she began to move away from the dock.
Queen Victoria wasted no time casting her ropes as Indy was coming towards her.  There was still no sign of movement from Ventura.  As Indy passed QV they blasted to each other, QV moving before Indy was clear.
Finally Ventura was slowly on the move and followed Independence of the Seas and Queen Victoria down Southampton water and into the Solent.
To see Independence of the Seas arriving a week earlier, click here.  To read my review of the maiden voyage click here.

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