Oriana (II), Queen Mary 2, Azura & Black Watch (III)
A very early start on a bitterly cold 4th December morning.  I was on Azura, returning for a short cruise to Zeebrugge.  Ahead of us were Oriana and Mary, our time 7.15am.  After taking photos of the remaining rooms and Christmas decorations, I popped onto the Prom deck and ahead saw a huge fat Cunard lump heading towards Ryde!  I took a few photos then returned inside to get my coat.  Oriana came into view after rounding the Hook for the home stretch.  Our motion drove me nuts, making it difficult getting them in the centre of the photos.  Once Mary reached Fawley, I just about spotted Black Watch behind us then went to charge my phone until we were closer, heading back out as we passed and docked.  Black Watch arrived at sunrise which was lovely.
After disembarking Azura, I collected my case and proceeded to make my way to the QEII Terminal for my next shippy, stopping often for photos (as you do!).  The weather wasn't too bad in the sunshine, much warmer than when we arrived.
Our muster was late and by the time I got up to the Observation deck, Black Watch was already passing.  Captain Oprey announced our delay before adding Azura looked like she was about ready to single up but was already on the way out.  Was he watching the same ship as we were???  The wind was bitterly cold as Azura moved but when she reached us, won the horn battle.  Mary sounded hoarse, probably from the freezing weather.  Oriana was last before us and she too won the horn battle.  After we'd gone astern to sail, I spotted the P&O ships in the Solent.
Oriana would be seen again as we passed arriving back after the cruise while she was late departing (along with Saga Ruby), photos of which are here.  Meanwhile pictures of Azura returning with Mary eleven days later are here.  The reviews of my Azura cruise is here and Mary here.

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© Patricia Dempsey 4th December 2012
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