Queen Victoria, Queen Mary 2 & Queen Elizabeth (II)
The twelfth Three Queens event on the 23rd June 2016 and eighth in Southampton.  Mary was returning from refit after undergoing to changes, most notably the cabins added to the forward part of deck 13, while the other two were just back from regular cruising.  Vicky led the way in the awful rainy mist while Mary was being photographed by FTF Events and Betty made up the rear.
Afternoon I had booked the Blue Funnel for their departure.  Cunard weren't doing anything special so it was a normal sailaway.  Due to so many coach parties coming down from around the country, they had three boats on.  I was on Wight Scene, which came over from Cowes.  Andrew Cooke was onboard, having got on there.  Spirit of Portsmouth had come up from Gosport as well  Weather was typically crap for a Cunard event and they buggers didn't cooperate.  Departure for all was changed to 5pm.  Vicky cast off and went to the Upper Swinging Ground, Betty cast off and went astern off Dock Head while old contrary Mary stayed put until nearly 8pm!  Good job I'd got bored by then and went home.
The review of my Mary cruise can be found here.

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© Patricia Dempsey 23rd June 2016
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