Aurora, Ventura & Black Watch (III)
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, most cruise lines suspended operations in March 2020.  Fred Olsen announced on the 13th March that all their ships would stop.  Black Watch was the second of three due in Southampton.  She arrived in the on the 17th after a Canaries cruise.  Meanwhile P&O formally announced on the 16th the Carnival policy of stopping until the 11th April.  Ventura was on the way back from the Caribbean.  I had been due to sail on Black Watch so it was a little surreal watching her sail without me just before 4.30pm.  She would be joining Balmoral in Rosyth for lay-up.  Aurora and Ventura stayed until it was their turn to leave.  In September, it was announced Black Watch and Boudicca had been sold to become accommodation ships in Tuzla, Turkey.  Many didn't believe that, convinced they were being scrapped.  After being stripped with hull and funnel casing painted black, Boudicca was the first to leave Rosyth on the 28th, arriving in Pendik on the 4th November.  Black Watch followed on the 21st October, joining her a week later.  Boudicca beached in Aliaga on the 18th May 2021 without fanfare, people only finding out due to a video on Instagram.  Both ships had their class withdrawn on the 3rd May.

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© Patricia Dempsey 17th March 2020
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10th June 2021