Category Archives: Shipspotting

Saga Pearl II Departing Southampton 07/10/17

Today, we took a trip down to Southampton Docks to see the departure of Saga Cruises, Saga Pearl II. It was a rather blustery and over-cast day but still was well worth the wait to see this beautiful ship departing the city.



Shipspotting: Independence of the Seas, 29th June 2017

Despite it being dull and overcast in Southampton today, we decided to head down to Mayflower Park to witness the departure of Royal Caribbean International’s Independence of the Seas. Departing fairly on time, she made a hasty departure with the obligatory hoots from the ship’s horn too. We were there with the camera as per ususal, so please find below our photos from today.


Viking Star Maiden Call To Southampton 3rd May 2017

The 3rd of May saw us rise early in the morning to see the arrival of Viking Ocean Cruises Viking Star into Southampton for the very first time.

Only the second ever visit of  a Viking Ocean Cruises vessel to the port after last week’s visit of Viking Sea, Viking Star certainly made an impression as she made her way to Berth 101.

Later on in the day, we were down to see her depart and again our cameras were at the ready.


Independence of the Seas and Caribbean Princess Departures 1st May 2017

Well, today marks the start of a new month and it was also the last day of #megacruiseshipweek for Cruisemarsh. Over the last week, we’ve seen quite a few ships sail in and out of Southampton and so today we wanted to be down at the docks to see another two leave.  Today we had Independence of the Seas and Caribbean Princess with cameo from AIDAprima.

So below are the results of our shipspotting efforts today. We hope you like them!

Independence of the Seas And Braemar Departures 28th April 2017

So, as #MegaCruiseShipWeek continues, we were treated today with the departures of Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas and Fred Olsen Cruise Line’s Braemar.

For Independence of the Seas, this was her first departure of the summer season from Southampton and as for Braemar, she was departing on a 14 night Rivers of Spain and France cruise.

So, we didn’t want to mess this gig and so headed down to Mayflower Park where we saw both ships sail out relatively on time.


The Vikings Were Here! Viking Sea Departure 27th April 2017

Today saw Viking Ocean Cruises Viking Sea arrive in Southampton for her maiden call to the city. In fact we believe it was the first time a Viking Ocean Cruises ship has visited the city. The irony being it’s like waiting for a bus as next week, Viking Star is visiting the city too!

So armed with our camera, we decided to go and see the departure of Viking Sea from a different vantage point. Netley Abbey Beach was our choice location and there we would get some decent photos as she made her way along Southampton Water.


MSC Fantasia Arrival 26th April 2017

It may have been on the chilly side but was a great morning to go and see the arrival of MSC Cruises, MSC Fantasia arrive into Southampton this morning.

She made quite an impression as she turned off Town Quay and the proceeeded to go astern all the way to her berth at 101, City Cruise Terminal.

Camera’s were at the ready as this elegant ship made her way into port.


Oriana & Azura Departures 23rd April 2017

We focused our attentions on both P&O Cruises Oriana and Azura which were in Southampton this afternoon.

So from our vantage point at Town Quay, we saw Oriana leave first from her berth at 106 at just after 16.30 whilst we had to wait a little while for Azura to depart as she was listed down for 17.30 from berth 46.

We captured them both as they sailed out and we hope you enjoy the photos!


Shipspotting in Portsmouth Including Crown Princess and Deutschland 21st April 2017

So, we decided to take a different course today and instead of a visit to Town Quay or Mayflower Park in Southampton, we decided to head east and to Portsmouth where we would watch Phoenix Reisen’s Deutschland depart. We also saw Crown Princess sail down the Solent in the distance and had hoped to have seen Aurora too but unfortunately she was late and so we didn’t get to see her. However, we were pleased with what we saw today and here are the pictures for your enjoyment!