Aurora, Sun Princess (II) Southampton Debut, AIDAperla & Hanseatic Nature Cowes Debut

The first of P&O Princess's Sun class finally made her maiden call into Southampton on the 27th May 2019.  The second ship to bear the name under P&O ownership, this 77,441grt ship debuted in 1995 as the first of the new Sun class and usually calls at Dover during Princess world cruises from Australia.  I had been due to see her in Sydney back in 2013 until Princess decided to begin Japanese cruises so repositioned her.  Now, thanks to a Japanese charter, I finally had all four of the class!  Aurora was ahead of her, both due for 6.30am with Sun getting tug assistance from Svitzer Harty.  John and Roz Kennedy were down and it was absolutely freezing, more like winter than four weeks before summer officially started.  Since the AIDA was 9am, none of us waited so I got her from the window.

After lunch it was time for another new one.  Hanseatic Nature was the first of three Hapag-Lloyd's new 15,650grt expedition ships and German speaking only.  Originally scheduled to have her maiden voyage on the 13th April 2019, she was delayed so it was changed to the 5th May.  After leaving Portland, she anchored south of the Needles around 10.30pm for around 6 hours fore heading north to anchor off Cowes.  It was still windy and cold.  Red Eagle and the new Red Kestrel passed as I was there.

I got the other three sailing from the window.  Despite Aurora being 4.30pm, she left 30 minutes late due to a container ship.  The AIDA was the usual 9.30pm while Sun Princess half an hour later, assisted by Svitzer Bargate.


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