Navigator of the Seas, Braemar (III) & Azura
Navigator of the Seas made a soggy return to Southampton on the 21st May 2016.  While travel agents and media were full of Independence returning since the itineraries were released in 2015, not one mentioned Navigator had been here before.  Considering Indy replaced Navigator, you'd think they would.  But then most haven't a clue about shipping.  I will always have a soft spot for Navigator because she was my very first Royal Caribbean ship I sailed on in June 2007 and my only upgrade as well!  All three were originally listed to sail at 4.30pm then Braemar was brought forward to 4pm.  Typically she didn't shove off on time so she and Navigator left together.  The crowd dispersed, people happy to have seen what they thought was Harmony of the Seas!  The Hythe ferry wasn't running due to a gearbox needing replacing on Great Expectations, which only returned from refit a couple of days prior.  Sometime after Navigator passed, Solent Rose berthed alongside the pontoon.  Azura left at 6pm after bunkering and apparently waiting for passengers with the aid of Svitzer Alma.
To see photos Navigator's final departure from Southampton in 2007, click here.

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