Norwegian Spirit, Oriana (II) & Spirit of Discovery Southampton Debut
We returned on Oriana after her penultimate P&O cruise on the 22nd July 2019.  Behind us all the way from Guernsey, was the brand new Saga ship, Spirit of Discovery making her penultimate call on her maiden cruise, which began and ended in Dover.  As we neared East Cowes, we heard the propellers crank up then a bow appeared going the other way.  Norwegian Spirit was outbound having had a propeller removed by divers instead of sailing the previous afternoon.  We docked for 7am with the Saga getting a fire tug greeting then was alongside around 7.40am.  After disembarking, we walked to City Terminal for some photos.
That afternoon, it was time for Oriana to sail on her farewell cruise, which was two weeks to Norway then home via Belfast.  I went to Cracknore with David Trevor-Jones to watch her sail, while Roger Emtage and Thomas Hypher arrived just before she cast off.  They headed to Hythe while we went straight to Calshot, meeting us there.  They went to Mayflower Park to watch Discovery sail while we did from Calshot after catching her cast off at Cracknore.  John and Roz Kennedy were also there.  Originally, Discovery had been scheduled to sail at 5pm but they changed to 8.30pm to have a firework display at Calshot.  It was a lovely night for it.
So that was the last we'd see of Spirit of Discovery until she repositioned in October.  For photos of her in Dover with Saga Sapphire, click here, in Guernsey with Oriana here while the review of my cruise can be found here.

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