Regal Princess (II), Celebrity Silhouette, MSC Virtuosa & Queen Mary 2
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all cruise lines suspended operations from various dates in March 2020.  It was the turn of Regal Princess to restart cruising on the 31st July 2021 with a three-night Seacation.  She had been in a week, just playing Musical Berths until this day.  Silhouette and Virtuosa arrived that morning after their latest Seacations while Mary followed them in, staying until the 2nd August.  Regal was listed to sail at 5pm with Silhouette half an hour later.  The Hythe ferry, Jenny Blue, had a wedding party onboard so got up close and personal to Regal and Mary.  Regal began throwing ropes almost 15 minutes late.  Shieldhall returned from another trip, exchanging horns with Regal.  Mary and Regal did the same.  It was wonderful hearing that Love Boat tune again, as well as the sailaway party.  Silhouette blew her horn once 8 minutes late but was silent after that.  Virtuosa was the usual 7pm so I didn't stay, due to the suspect weather.
For photos of the rest of the Coronavirus Southampton lay-up ships, go to 2020 and 2021 in the Southampton Stalking Index.

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© Patricia Dempsey 31st July 2021
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