Navigator of the Seas, Queen Mary 2, Norwegian Jade, Azura & Mein Schiff 1 (I)
After seven years since her maiden call, Mein Schiff 1 was making her final call into Southampton.  Originally Mein Schiff until expanding the fleet, she would be transferring to Thomson Cruises to become Tui Explorer.  Her final cruise as Mein Schiff 1 ends in Palma de Mallorca on the 11th April 2018.  Her maiden voyage as Tui Explorer will be the 19th May 2018.  Ironically, the new Mein Schiff 1 also has her maiden that day.  She was scheduled to sail last at 8pm.  Navigator was 4.30pm, Mary and Jade 5pm with Azura originally 6pm but brought forward half an hour.  I was picked up by my friend David Trevor-Jones and a-stalking we went!  Navigator silently slipped out slightly late while Azura was busy having a very loud deck party.  Mary was next, blowing her whistle as she reached Calshot, then Azura.  Jade was almost 90 minutes late.  Later, Mein Schiff 1 went to turn at the Upper Swinging Ground before heading out.
For photos of Mein Schiff's debut call in 2010 before the "1" was added, click here.

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© Patricia Dempsey 19th August 2017
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