Southampton on 11 November 2008

John Clifford

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Stuart, I would have mixed feelings if I was going to be in Southampton on November 11th.

For me, it was great to see the QE2 from the vantage points of approaching her, to reboard, during the port visits on the August trip.

A reminder: if time allows, try to go on the Hythe Ferry crossing, departing from the Southampton Town Quay and going to the Hythe Terminal. The trip takes you right past the QEII Terminal, so you will get excellent views and/or pictures of the QE2.

My friends Charles and Henry did that after they arrived in Southampton on October 22nd; they stayed at the Hythe Terminal and watched the QE2 depart from there, instead of walking over to the Hythe Marina area, as we, and another friend, Mark, did in September 2007, when we, along with several other spectators, watched the Queen Mary 2 depart.

Both the Hythe Terminal and the Hythe Marina are great vantage points, but I will speculate that those spots will be quite crowded, on the 11th; same with, in my estimation, the number of people planning to do the Ferry crossings.
 

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First off, I wonder if the Hythe Ferry service, traveling between the Southampton Town Quay and the Hythe Pier, will extend its operating hours for Tuesday.
The last ferry departure is normally scheduled to leave from the Hythe Pier at 19:10 Hours and then depart from the Southampton Town Quay at 19:30 Hours.

However, with the QE2's planned 20:00 Hours departure, I can imagine many people wanting to find the best departure viewing venue, including the Hythe Pier and nearby Marina area.

I don't know how many other boat operators will be offering "follow-out"/escort cruises, either.

However, I imagine that the final voyage will be "big business".
 

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Actually, for everyone who will not be in Southampton, next Tuesday, here are some images of what the experiences will be like for those who hope to get their "last images or shots" of QE2, before she departs for "Last Stop: Dubai!!":


This is a picture frame image at the Southampton Town Quay, to showcase the experience of passing the liners docked at the QEII Terminal:
Town Quay Showcase Image

The next few images are taken from the Ferry, when the Queen Mary 2 was in Southampton on September 10, 2007:
Ship is going to be departing for a Mediterranean Sea trip:
Ferry View Image
Ferry View Image 2
Ferry View Image 3
Ferry View Image 4
Ferry View Image 5
Ferry View Image 6

Two other images show Queen Mary 2 departing; similar images of the QE2 will be noted, next week:
Southampton Departure
and
Southampton Departure 2


Next are the images of QE2, also from the vantage of the Hythe Ferry, as well as from the Hythe Pier and Marina:
Ferry View & Ugly Tourist
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QE2 as seen from Ferry
Passing by QE2
View of QE2
QE2 Port View
"Envy of Jason"
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Hythe Pier View
Hythe Pier View 2
Hythe Pier View 3
and
View of QEII Terminal from Hythe Marina

And, finally:
how many people will be giving a farewell wave, "like so" (from Hythe Ferry approaching the Hythe Pier):
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BEFORE
Offering their "Formal Farewells":
At the Hythe Marina:
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and
Noting a similar image of this, next Tuesday:
Farewel to the Ship
(Jim will recognize two of the individuals in this picture)
The last image will, undoubtedly, be a somber one, when QE2 is seen for the last time heading down the Solent.
 

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Russell, the one benefit for people in Southampton, on Tuesday, is that "the ugly man" will not be there.
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Also, I would not believe the rumor that Phil and our Moderators will be on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, to join Millvina Dean in escorting the QE2 out of Southampton.
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I'm now looking forward to hearing about the day's events, from all who will be there.
 
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From Cruise Critic:

QE2's Final Voyage Approaches
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It's fitting that Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) will set sail for her final voyage from Southampton on Tuesday, November 11. Whether you call the day Veteran's Day, Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, we will all be remembering the illustrious history of this cruise ship veteran, as it bids adieu to England and its career as an active passenger vessel. QE2 faces a new life as a floating hotel in Dubai.
More at http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=2933
 
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Seems QE2 been a naughty girl and is grounded for now. I saw the story at MSN and so here I am. Seems word has proceeded me.
 

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hi again, in the U.K. i am recording the BBC news report that is just under 2 hours long
, i got all the parts of her leaving southampton for the last ever. i am going to put it on youtube hopefully. i know those of you in the states may have not been able to see this, but i have got every second of her farewell and all the fire work displays, slipping the moorings for the last time, the gangplank being taken away, interviews with associated people, the last horn, being escorted out by what has to be over 50 smaller boats and about 3 or 4 red funnel ferries, like the queens of the 1930's were escorted out by red funnel tugs. and the last shot of her leaving southampton waters, i shall post the link if i manage to put it on youtube.