Spirit of Discovery, Queen Mary 2, Azura & MSC Magnifica
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all cruise lines suspended operations from various dates in March 2020.  An unplanned three on the 22nd November 2021 as Azura returned to continue restart preparations, joining Mary who had been in since the day before.  Meanwhile Spirit of Discovery hadn't buggered off due to the port side Azipod.  She had arrived the previous day, along with Mary returning after an overnight tootle.  She had been due to sail at 6pm, which was then put back to 7.30pm, 9.45pm, 12.30am and then the requested 6am was rejected as there were no slots before 8.30am.  Subsequently that was changed to PM.  10pm was finally set but only to Alpha Anchorage for about 22 hours.  She left with Lomax on her bow and Svitzer Mercurius on the stern, with the latter accompanying her to Calshot.
The following day, the 23rd, Mary and Azura had been joined by MSC Magnifica, which had returned after the first seven night Northern Europe winter cruise.  I headed to Calshot for photos of Spirit of Discovery.  Her departure had been set for 11am rather than returning to 102 berth after Magnifica vacated it later that night.  The pilot and engineer from Siemens arrived by Willventure II from Southampton.  The weather was cold but sunny, making it hazy and difficult to see.

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© Patricia Dempsey 22nd & 23rd November 2021
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