Southampton ready for visit of seven P&O ships in The Grand Event

Daily Echo: City gets ready for The Grand Event City gets ready for The Grand Event

IT is set to be the most spectacular sight of the summer.

Southampton’s “magnificent seven” will make it a day the city will never forget as they proudly sail into port for the biggest party ever.

From first light the seven cruise ships, which form P&O Cruises’ entire fleet of vessels, will arrive at the Eastern and Western Docks.

The seven will be meeting together for the first time as thousands turn out to line the shores and catch a glimpse.

The historic arrival will be greeted by former ballerina Darcey Bussell, godmother of Azura, before Princess Anne takes the salute as she reviews the fleet as they sail out of Southampton in the late afternoon.

As the fleet prepares to leave the Solent in the evening, the RAF’s aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, will perform a daring display before a dramatic fireworks display lights up the sky.

Organisers are keen to stress that the air display will not be visible from Southampton’s Mayflower Park or Hythe but the best locations will be at Calshot, Lepe and Hill Head.

Council and police chiefs are urging residents to plan their journeys well as heavy traffic and delays are expected in the city centre and surrounding areas throughout the day. They say “unprecedented numbers”

of about 29,000 people will disembark and embark the ships between 8am and 10.30pm.

Roads around the Ageas Bowl in West End are also expected to be congested as people are taken there when they disembark.

Southampton City Council said employers should factor in flexibility with starting and opening times to allow for delays. They are suggesting people wanting to watch the free event should use public transport to minimise congestion.

City centre car parks South Quay, North Quay and The Marlands will be open but are expected to be busy.

Key times at a glance

First light: The “magnificent seven”

will arrive one by one and take up position on the Eastern and Western Docks for the day of celebrations.

Morning: Former world-famous ballerina Darcey Bussell will be on board Azura, the ship to which she is godmother.

11.45am: The Red Arrows will perform a flypast with smoke trails over the fleet

Afternoon: The Princess Royal will arrive and will board Oriana to meet seven captains and crew.

From 5.15pm: The fleet will prepare to depart in convoy

7.18pm to 7.45pm: Aerial display by the Red Arrows flying in sevenplane formation and fireworks.

Daily Echo: The Grand Event

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10:59am Mon 2 Jul 12

-stiv- says...

Congratulations rich people!

Congratulations cruise operators!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays!
Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays! -stiv-
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11:03am Mon 2 Jul 12

Shoong says...

-stiv- wrote:
Congratulations rich people!

Congratulations cruise operators!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays!
It's called 'business'.

It tends to keep the economy going.
[quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays![/p][/quote]It's called 'business'. It tends to keep the economy going. Shoong
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11:09am Mon 2 Jul 12

The Salv says...

Shame it's going to be ruined by the "Summer weather" oh well like the Brits do I will just have to make the most of it like they did at the Jubilee.
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It is great for Southampton to have these cruise ships and events like this make up for the loss of the Air Baloon festival.
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I will try and get out on my bike and see what I can, fingers crossed the Red Arrows will go ahead.
Shame it's going to be ruined by the "Summer weather" oh well like the Brits do I will just have to make the most of it like they did at the Jubilee. . It is great for Southampton to have these cruise ships and events like this make up for the loss of the Air Baloon festival. . I will try and get out on my bike and see what I can, fingers crossed the Red Arrows will go ahead. The Salv
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11:10am Mon 2 Jul 12

-stiv- says...

Then go and have a party outside Tesco's.
Then go and have a party outside Tesco's. -stiv-
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11:12am Mon 2 Jul 12

saint61 says...

Shoong wrote:
-stiv- wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays!
It's called 'business'. It tends to keep the economy going.
you dont need to be rich to cruise - you just need to be hardworking
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays![/p][/quote]It's called 'business'. It tends to keep the economy going.[/p][/quote]you dont need to be rich to cruise - you just need to be hardworking saint61
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11:42am Mon 2 Jul 12

andysaints007 says...

-stiv- wrote:
Then go and have a party outside Tesco's.
What a plum you are!!!!
[quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: Then go and have a party outside Tesco's.[/p][/quote]What a plum you are!!!! andysaints007
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11:55am Mon 2 Jul 12

Propercynic says...

saint61 wrote:
Shoong wrote:
-stiv- wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays!
It's called 'business'. It tends to keep the economy going.
you dont need to be rich to cruise - you just need to be hardworking
Exactly. I am going to be on the Oriana. It's a 4-night booze cruise up to Amsterdam and Zeebrugge for the princely sum of £300. Rich? I wish. I am a temp!
Wish the dire forecast would improve, though. :(
[quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays![/p][/quote]It's called 'business'. It tends to keep the economy going.[/p][/quote]you dont need to be rich to cruise - you just need to be hardworking[/p][/quote]Exactly. I am going to be on the Oriana. It's a 4-night booze cruise up to Amsterdam and Zeebrugge for the princely sum of £300. Rich? I wish. I am a temp! Wish the dire forecast would improve, though. :( Propercynic
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12:00pm Mon 2 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

-stiv- wrote:
Congratulations rich people!

Congratulations cruise operators!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays!
Don't worry, the weather is going to wreck the occassion, just like it has virtually every other event this year.
[quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays![/p][/quote]Don't worry, the weather is going to wreck the occassion, just like it has virtually every other event this year. OSPREYSAINT
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12:06pm Mon 2 Jul 12

bigfella777 says...

Shoong wrote:
-stiv- wrote:
Congratulations rich people!

Congratulations cruise operators!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays!
It's called 'business'.

It tends to keep the economy going.
How does it benefit the economy if all the crew are from overseas and paid a pittance (75p an hour) and not taxed in the UK. Also P&O have their own bank based in the far east where they put all their money tax free.If anything the chaos it will cause tomorrow will probably cost the local economy money,while its all going on most of us Sotonians will be at work,its not for us at all.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays![/p][/quote]It's called 'business'. It tends to keep the economy going.[/p][/quote]How does it benefit the economy if all the crew are from overseas and paid a pittance (75p an hour) and not taxed in the UK. Also P&O have their own bank based in the far east where they put all their money tax free.If anything the chaos it will cause tomorrow will probably cost the local economy money,while its all going on most of us Sotonians will be at work,its not for us at all. bigfella777
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12:13pm Mon 2 Jul 12

allsaintsnocurves says...

Are you watching Liverpool??
Are you watching Liverpool?? allsaintsnocurves
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12:25pm Mon 2 Jul 12

G0Rf says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Shoong wrote:
-stiv- wrote:
Congratulations rich people!

Congratulations cruise operators!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays!
It's called 'business'.

It tends to keep the economy going.
How does it benefit the economy if all the crew are from overseas and paid a pittance (75p an hour) and not taxed in the UK. Also P&O have their own bank based in the far east where they put all their money tax free.If anything the chaos it will cause tomorrow will probably cost the local economy money,while its all going on most of us Sotonians will be at work,its not for us at all.
Exactly! Shame the red Arrows will be canceled again tho
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays![/p][/quote]It's called 'business'. It tends to keep the economy going.[/p][/quote]How does it benefit the economy if all the crew are from overseas and paid a pittance (75p an hour) and not taxed in the UK. Also P&O have their own bank based in the far east where they put all their money tax free.If anything the chaos it will cause tomorrow will probably cost the local economy money,while its all going on most of us Sotonians will be at work,its not for us at all.[/p][/quote]Exactly! Shame the red Arrows will be canceled again tho G0Rf
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12:36pm Mon 2 Jul 12

Solomon's Boot says...

-stiv- wrote:
Congratulations rich people!

Congratulations cruise operators!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays!
Jealous!
[quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays![/p][/quote]Jealous! Solomon's Boot
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12:36pm Mon 2 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

-stiv- wrote:
Congratulations rich people!

Congratulations cruise operators!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays!
If you were offered an all expenses paid freebie would you take it, or would boycott it in a show of protest?
[quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays![/p][/quote]If you were offered an all expenses paid freebie would you take it, or would boycott it in a show of protest? OSPREYSAINT
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12:41pm Mon 2 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

G0Rf wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Shoong wrote:
-stiv- wrote:
Congratulations rich people!

Congratulations cruise operators!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays!
It's called 'business'.

It tends to keep the economy going.
How does it benefit the economy if all the crew are from overseas and paid a pittance (75p an hour) and not taxed in the UK. Also P&O have their own bank based in the far east where they put all their money tax free.If anything the chaos it will cause tomorrow will probably cost the local economy money,while its all going on most of us Sotonians will be at work,its not for us at all.
Exactly! Shame the red Arrows will be canceled again tho
Forecast is low viz early on, low cloud and heavy rain most of the day, lighter rain and cloudy later, not much prospect of anything happening in the air sadly. Perhaps Mother Nature dosesn't approve of all of this oppulence!
[quote][p][bold]G0Rf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays![/p][/quote]It's called 'business'. It tends to keep the economy going.[/p][/quote]How does it benefit the economy if all the crew are from overseas and paid a pittance (75p an hour) and not taxed in the UK. Also P&O have their own bank based in the far east where they put all their money tax free.If anything the chaos it will cause tomorrow will probably cost the local economy money,while its all going on most of us Sotonians will be at work,its not for us at all.[/p][/quote]Exactly! Shame the red Arrows will be canceled again tho[/p][/quote]Forecast is low viz early on, low cloud and heavy rain most of the day, lighter rain and cloudy later, not much prospect of anything happening in the air sadly. Perhaps Mother Nature dosesn't approve of all of this oppulence! OSPREYSAINT
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12:56pm Mon 2 Jul 12

Mewling Quim says...

Massive Southampton area employment depends on these boats coming to our port. For some, this will matter very little as employment is a dirty word for them. For others, happy sock under the bed comes to mind.
Massive Southampton area employment depends on these boats coming to our port. For some, this will matter very little as employment is a dirty word for them. For others, happy sock under the bed comes to mind. Mewling Quim
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1:05pm Mon 2 Jul 12

Shoong says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Shoong wrote:
-stiv- wrote:
Congratulations rich people!

Congratulations cruise operators!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays!
It's called 'business'.

It tends to keep the economy going.
How does it benefit the economy if all the crew are from overseas and paid a pittance (75p an hour) and not taxed in the UK. Also P&O have their own bank based in the far east where they put all their money tax free.If anything the chaos it will cause tomorrow will probably cost the local economy money,while its all going on most of us Sotonians will be at work,its not for us at all.
Can you actually see more than 1 hour into the future?

We should be proud of this, a shame you can't take any pride in the city you live, I'm sure you have your reasons.

Employment, what a terrible thing.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays![/p][/quote]It's called 'business'. It tends to keep the economy going.[/p][/quote]How does it benefit the economy if all the crew are from overseas and paid a pittance (75p an hour) and not taxed in the UK. Also P&O have their own bank based in the far east where they put all their money tax free.If anything the chaos it will cause tomorrow will probably cost the local economy money,while its all going on most of us Sotonians will be at work,its not for us at all.[/p][/quote]Can you actually see more than 1 hour into the future? We should be proud of this, a shame you can't take any pride in the city you live, I'm sure you have your reasons. Employment, what a terrible thing. Shoong
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1:17pm Mon 2 Jul 12

The Phantomerer says...

Shoong wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Shoong wrote:
-stiv- wrote:
Congratulations rich people!

Congratulations cruise operators!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays!
It's called 'business'.

It tends to keep the economy going.
How does it benefit the economy if all the crew are from overseas and paid a pittance (75p an hour) and not taxed in the UK. Also P&O have their own bank based in the far east where they put all their money tax free.If anything the chaos it will cause tomorrow will probably cost the local economy money,while its all going on most of us Sotonians will be at work,its not for us at all.
Can you actually see more than 1 hour into the future?

We should be proud of this, a shame you can't take any pride in the city you live, I'm sure you have your reasons.

Employment, what a terrible thing.
You don't seem to have tackled any of bigfella777's reasoning. Why would some big, massively polluting, boats that weren't built here be a source of pride?
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays![/p][/quote]It's called 'business'. It tends to keep the economy going.[/p][/quote]How does it benefit the economy if all the crew are from overseas and paid a pittance (75p an hour) and not taxed in the UK. Also P&O have their own bank based in the far east where they put all their money tax free.If anything the chaos it will cause tomorrow will probably cost the local economy money,while its all going on most of us Sotonians will be at work,its not for us at all.[/p][/quote]Can you actually see more than 1 hour into the future? We should be proud of this, a shame you can't take any pride in the city you live, I'm sure you have your reasons. Employment, what a terrible thing.[/p][/quote]You don't seem to have tackled any of bigfella777's reasoning. Why would some big, massively polluting, boats that weren't built here be a source of pride? The Phantomerer
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1:44pm Mon 2 Jul 12

bigfella777 says...

The Phantomerer wrote:
Shoong wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Shoong wrote:
-stiv- wrote:
Congratulations rich people!

Congratulations cruise operators!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays!
It's called 'business'.

It tends to keep the economy going.
How does it benefit the economy if all the crew are from overseas and paid a pittance (75p an hour) and not taxed in the UK. Also P&O have their own bank based in the far east where they put all their money tax free.If anything the chaos it will cause tomorrow will probably cost the local economy money,while its all going on most of us Sotonians will be at work,its not for us at all.
Can you actually see more than 1 hour into the future?

We should be proud of this, a shame you can't take any pride in the city you live, I'm sure you have your reasons.

Employment, what a terrible thing.
You don't seem to have tackled any of bigfella777's reasoning. Why would some big, massively polluting, boats that weren't built here be a source of pride?
Here here.
[quote][p][bold]The Phantomerer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays![/p][/quote]It's called 'business'. It tends to keep the economy going.[/p][/quote]How does it benefit the economy if all the crew are from overseas and paid a pittance (75p an hour) and not taxed in the UK. Also P&O have their own bank based in the far east where they put all their money tax free.If anything the chaos it will cause tomorrow will probably cost the local economy money,while its all going on most of us Sotonians will be at work,its not for us at all.[/p][/quote]Can you actually see more than 1 hour into the future? We should be proud of this, a shame you can't take any pride in the city you live, I'm sure you have your reasons. Employment, what a terrible thing.[/p][/quote]You don't seem to have tackled any of bigfella777's reasoning. Why would some big, massively polluting, boats that weren't built here be a source of pride?[/p][/quote]Here here. bigfella777
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1:57pm Mon 2 Jul 12

ohec says...

Bl**dy hell there are some sad miserable b*stards about and some are that thick its unbelievable.
Bl**dy hell there are some sad miserable b*stards about and some are that thick its unbelievable. ohec
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2:04pm Mon 2 Jul 12

flatulence hero says...

The Phantomerer says... You don't seem to have tackled any of bigfella777's reasoning. Why would some big, massively polluting, boats that weren't built here be a source of pride?

P & O has a long maritime history in the UK.
Yes its ships are all built in foreign yards.
But then another company that a lot of people have "pride in" British Airways, only has foreign built aircraft.(some components do originate from the UK, but that is it, it is built in Europe).
It is the sign of the times that the UK cannot compete in today's world in certain industries.

I am very proud and have a lot of pride when l see a P & O ship.

Good luck tomorrow and l will be there full of pride.
The Phantomerer says... You don't seem to have tackled any of bigfella777's reasoning. Why would some big, massively polluting, boats that weren't built here be a source of pride? P & O has a long maritime history in the UK. Yes its ships are all built in foreign yards. But then another company that a lot of people have "pride in" British Airways, only has foreign built aircraft.(some components do originate from the UK, but that is it, it is built in Europe). It is the sign of the times that the UK cannot compete in today's world in certain industries. I am very proud and have a lot of pride when l see a P & O ship. Good luck tomorrow and l will be there full of pride. flatulence hero
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2:04pm Mon 2 Jul 12

-stiv- says...

Shoong wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Shoong wrote:
-stiv- wrote:
Congratulations rich people!

Congratulations cruise operators!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays!
It's called 'business'.

It tends to keep the economy going.
How does it benefit the economy if all the crew are from overseas and paid a pittance (75p an hour) and not taxed in the UK. Also P&O have their own bank based in the far east where they put all their money tax free.If anything the chaos it will cause tomorrow will probably cost the local economy money,while its all going on most of us Sotonians will be at work,its not for us at all.
Can you actually see more than 1 hour into the future?

We should be proud of this, a shame you can't take any pride in the city you live, I'm sure you have your reasons.

Employment, what a terrible thing.
I took pride in all the volunteers that mucked in with the Skyride yesterday and allowed thousands of people to have a great day.
The bloke that fixed my bike and the fireman that let my little boy have a look round the fire engine.

Also, all the people that worked hard to set it up.

That made me proud to live in the city.

Not staring at some cordoned off boats that we're not allowed near. Cruise ships have always been for the rich.

Although as above £300 seems like a pretty good deal.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays![/p][/quote]It's called 'business'. It tends to keep the economy going.[/p][/quote]How does it benefit the economy if all the crew are from overseas and paid a pittance (75p an hour) and not taxed in the UK. Also P&O have their own bank based in the far east where they put all their money tax free.If anything the chaos it will cause tomorrow will probably cost the local economy money,while its all going on most of us Sotonians will be at work,its not for us at all.[/p][/quote]Can you actually see more than 1 hour into the future? We should be proud of this, a shame you can't take any pride in the city you live, I'm sure you have your reasons. Employment, what a terrible thing.[/p][/quote]I took pride in all the volunteers that mucked in with the Skyride yesterday and allowed thousands of people to have a great day. The bloke that fixed my bike and the fireman that let my little boy have a look round the fire engine. Also, all the people that worked hard to set it up. That made me proud to live in the city. Not staring at some cordoned off boats that we're not allowed near. Cruise ships have always been for the rich. Although as above £300 seems like a pretty good deal. -stiv-
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2:06pm Mon 2 Jul 12

The Music Man says...

so, we won't actually see the Red Arrows from Southampton then?

And the fireworks are going to be set off in the daytime, according to the council website:

"A short firework display (no more than 2 minutes) will take place as each ship approaches Moorhead Buoy (in-between Weston Shore and Hythe). The first display will take place at approximately 6.30pm and the last one at approximately 7.05pm".
so, we won't actually see the Red Arrows from Southampton then? And the fireworks are going to be set off in the daytime, according to the council website: "A short firework display (no more than 2 minutes) will take place as each ship approaches Moorhead Buoy (in-between Weston Shore and Hythe). The first display will take place at approximately 6.30pm and the last one at approximately 7.05pm". The Music Man
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2:08pm Mon 2 Jul 12

flatulence hero says...

-stiv- says... Not staring at some cordoned off boats that we're not allowed near.

You really are a plank.

Security, does it mean anything to you?
There are nutters out there who would love to blow up a cruise ship.

Get real for goodness sake.
-stiv- says... Not staring at some cordoned off boats that we're not allowed near. You really are a plank. Security, does it mean anything to you? There are nutters out there who would love to blow up a cruise ship. Get real for goodness sake. flatulence hero
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2:14pm Mon 2 Jul 12

The Salv says...

The Phantomerer wrote:
Shoong wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Shoong wrote:
-stiv- wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays!
It's called 'business'. It tends to keep the economy going.
How does it benefit the economy if all the crew are from overseas and paid a pittance (75p an hour) and not taxed in the UK. Also P&O have their own bank based in the far east where they put all their money tax free.If anything the chaos it will cause tomorrow will probably cost the local economy money,while its all going on most of us Sotonians will be at work,its not for us at all.
Can you actually see more than 1 hour into the future? We should be proud of this, a shame you can't take any pride in the city you live, I'm sure you have your reasons. Employment, what a terrible thing.
You don't seem to have tackled any of bigfella777's reasoning. Why would some big, massively polluting, boats that weren't built here be a source of pride?
This is a very good point, I must admit I dont have the feeling of pride when I see these ships, as you have mentioned they were not even built here.
.
But I really do enjoy seeing them and I think it is great that Southampton is the chosen city to be used as the turn around ports. It's a nice attraction to have. I even quite like seeing the huge container ships come in and out of port. The size of those vessels is a real sight themselves - but no nuclear subs please, as one mistake and all this will be lost.
[quote][p][bold]The Phantomerer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays![/p][/quote]It's called 'business'. It tends to keep the economy going.[/p][/quote]How does it benefit the economy if all the crew are from overseas and paid a pittance (75p an hour) and not taxed in the UK. Also P&O have their own bank based in the far east where they put all their money tax free.If anything the chaos it will cause tomorrow will probably cost the local economy money,while its all going on most of us Sotonians will be at work,its not for us at all.[/p][/quote]Can you actually see more than 1 hour into the future? We should be proud of this, a shame you can't take any pride in the city you live, I'm sure you have your reasons. Employment, what a terrible thing.[/p][/quote]You don't seem to have tackled any of bigfella777's reasoning. Why would some big, massively polluting, boats that weren't built here be a source of pride?[/p][/quote]This is a very good point, I must admit I dont have the feeling of pride when I see these ships, as you have mentioned they were not even built here. . But I really do enjoy seeing them and I think it is great that Southampton is the chosen city to be used as the turn around ports. It's a nice attraction to have. I even quite like seeing the huge container ships come in and out of port. The size of those vessels is a real sight themselves - but no nuclear subs please, as one mistake and all this will be lost. The Salv
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3:10pm Mon 2 Jul 12

drakey says...

Lol at the weather forecast!
I look forwards to it all the same!
Lol at the weather forecast! I look forwards to it all the same! drakey
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3:23pm Mon 2 Jul 12

X Old Bill says...

To the naysayers - Do you imagine that Ship owners get FREE berthing, pilotage, bunkering, provedore service, baggage handing, and all the other ancillaries? No, of course not, and those companies providing these things pay wages at British rates to local people, together with all the other costs involved.

ALSO; Before anyone mentions it - All the ships are registered in Hamilton, but they are registered there as 'British' ships and are permitted, indeed obliged, to wear an un-defaced red ensign.
To the naysayers - Do you imagine that Ship owners get FREE berthing, pilotage, bunkering, provedore service, baggage handing, and all the other ancillaries? No, of course not, and those companies providing these things pay wages at British rates to local people, together with all the other costs involved. ALSO; Before anyone mentions it - All the ships are registered in Hamilton, but they are registered there as 'British' ships and are permitted, indeed obliged, to wear an un-defaced red ensign. X Old Bill
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3:46pm Mon 2 Jul 12

arizonan says...

Again, why mention Liverpool in the comments section, when this has nothing to do with that city?
There would, however, be a lot more positive comment if this event was being held there.
Again, why mention Liverpool in the comments section, when this has nothing to do with that city? There would, however, be a lot more positive comment if this event was being held there. arizonan
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6:14pm Mon 2 Jul 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

SCOUSERS ARE LOOK LOOKEY!
SCOUSERS ARE LOOK LOOKEY! Fatty x Ford Worker
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6:34pm Mon 2 Jul 12

SOULJACKER says...

ohec wrote:
Bl**dy hell there are some sad miserable b*stards about and some are that thick its unbelievable.
I think this is the highlight of their day......The words "Life A Get" spring to mind for these guys & not necessarily in that order, lol ;)
[quote][p][bold]ohec[/bold] wrote: Bl**dy hell there are some sad miserable b*stards about and some are that thick its unbelievable.[/p][/quote]I think this is the highlight of their day......The words "Life A Get" spring to mind for these guys & not necessarily in that order, lol ;) SOULJACKER
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6:36pm Mon 2 Jul 12

allsaintsnocurves says...

arizonan wrote:
Again, why mention Liverpool in the comments section, when this has nothing to do with that city? There would, however, be a lot more positive comment if this event was being held there.
you are making the assumption that everyone who comments on here is a) from Southampton and b) likely to find something positive to say on anything in the world.

I can tell you that there is a lot of people commenting that fall into both categories. If polled around Southampton there would be a lot of recognition for the contribution the cruise industry brings to the cities local economy something that was built up over many years from it's own private investment.
[quote][p][bold]arizonan[/bold] wrote: Again, why mention Liverpool in the comments section, when this has nothing to do with that city? There would, however, be a lot more positive comment if this event was being held there.[/p][/quote]you are making the assumption that everyone who comments on here is a) from Southampton and b) likely to find something positive to say on anything in the world. I can tell you that there is a lot of people commenting that fall into both categories. If polled around Southampton there would be a lot of recognition for the contribution the cruise industry brings to the cities local economy something that was built up over many years from it's own private investment. allsaintsnocurves
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6:53pm Mon 2 Jul 12

rightway says...

X Old Bill wrote:
To the naysayers - Do you imagine that Ship owners get FREE berthing, pilotage, bunkering, provedore service, baggage handing, and all the other ancillaries? No, of course not, and those companies providing these things pay wages at British rates to local people, together with all the other costs involved. ALSO; Before anyone mentions it - All the ships are registered in Hamilton, but they are registered there as 'British' ships and are permitted, indeed obliged, to wear an un-defaced red ensign.
When entering port some costs are unavoidable like the ones you have mentioned, but by registering ships in Hamilton P&Os are having their cake and eating it, in the usual tax dodging way.If they could get away with not paying GB rates they would hence the Hamilton registration.
Also do they foot the bill for the Red Arrows or do they merely contribute.
[quote][p][bold]X Old Bill[/bold] wrote: To the naysayers - Do you imagine that Ship owners get FREE berthing, pilotage, bunkering, provedore service, baggage handing, and all the other ancillaries? No, of course not, and those companies providing these things pay wages at British rates to local people, together with all the other costs involved. ALSO; Before anyone mentions it - All the ships are registered in Hamilton, but they are registered there as 'British' ships and are permitted, indeed obliged, to wear an un-defaced red ensign.[/p][/quote]When entering port some costs are unavoidable like the ones you have mentioned, but by registering ships in Hamilton P&Os are having their cake and eating it, in the usual tax dodging way.If they could get away with not paying GB rates they would hence the Hamilton registration. Also do they foot the bill for the Red Arrows or do they merely contribute. rightway
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7:00pm Mon 2 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

The Music Man wrote:
so, we won't actually see the Red Arrows from Southampton then? And the fireworks are going to be set off in the daytime, according to the council website: "A short firework display (no more than 2 minutes) will take place as each ship approaches Moorhead Buoy (in-between Weston Shore and Hythe). The first display will take place at approximately 6.30pm and the last one at approximately 7.05pm".
It rather depends on the cloud base and visibilty, they do have a low level display but subject to the constraints prevalent at the time. The Fly-past may be possible but don't be surprised if it is pulled for safety reasons, it's no ones fault.
[quote][p][bold]The Music Man[/bold] wrote: so, we won't actually see the Red Arrows from Southampton then? And the fireworks are going to be set off in the daytime, according to the council website: "A short firework display (no more than 2 minutes) will take place as each ship approaches Moorhead Buoy (in-between Weston Shore and Hythe). The first display will take place at approximately 6.30pm and the last one at approximately 7.05pm".[/p][/quote]It rather depends on the cloud base and visibilty, they do have a low level display but subject to the constraints prevalent at the time. The Fly-past may be possible but don't be surprised if it is pulled for safety reasons, it's no ones fault. OSPREYSAINT
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7:20pm Mon 2 Jul 12

memush says...

Again, to repeat the shipping companies usual small print---"Weather and other circumstances permitting"
Again, to repeat the shipping companies usual small print---"Weather and other circumstances permitting" memush
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7:37pm Mon 2 Jul 12

freemantlegirl2 says...

-stiv- wrote:
Congratulations rich people!

Congratulations cruise operators!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays!
Come on now.... sour grapes is never attractive!

Cruises aren't the huge expensive holiday they used to be! and for once I agree with Shoong, it is the lifeblood of this city - if you don't like it you don't have to look do you!?
[quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays![/p][/quote]Come on now.... sour grapes is never attractive! Cruises aren't the huge expensive holiday they used to be! and for once I agree with Shoong, it is the lifeblood of this city - if you don't like it you don't have to look do you!? freemantlegirl2
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7:50pm Mon 2 Jul 12

dadofmy3sons says...

baggage handlers will be very pleased about 7 ships. they tend to be local. the list is endless and I could fill this page with many other small groups who depend on this "luxury" trade.
Stop griping you miserable b4str4ds !
There are quite a few other cities that look on with envy as this trade continues to employ a large portion of our local workforce. And no one has even mentioned the tourism dollar!!!!!
baggage handlers will be very pleased about 7 ships. they tend to be local. the list is endless and I could fill this page with many other small groups who depend on this "luxury" trade. Stop griping you miserable b4str4ds ! There are quite a few other cities that look on with envy as this trade continues to employ a large portion of our local workforce. And no one has even mentioned the tourism dollar!!!!! dadofmy3sons
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8:24pm Mon 2 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

memush wrote:
Again, to repeat the shipping companies usual small print---"Weathe
r and other circumstances permitting"
Is that unreasonable in your opinion? The weather forecast is slightly worse for the a.m. but slightly better for the evening. If listened to them you wouldn't go anywhere.
[quote][p][bold]memush[/bold] wrote: Again, to repeat the shipping companies usual small print---"Weathe r and other circumstances permitting"[/p][/quote]Is that unreasonable in your opinion? The weather forecast is slightly worse for the a.m. but slightly better for the evening. If listened to them you wouldn't go anywhere. OSPREYSAINT
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8:27pm Mon 2 Jul 12

stid.. says...

stiv just out of intrest what do you do for a living
stiv just out of intrest what do you do for a living stid..
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9:47pm Mon 2 Jul 12

Jackie56 says...

I agree with "dadofmy3sons" comments. A lot of people rely on the cruise industry in Southampton and the revenue/jobs it creates. I only wish I could be in Southampton to see the ships, whatever the weather, and not stuck in the mirky Midlands!
I agree with "dadofmy3sons" comments. A lot of people rely on the cruise industry in Southampton and the revenue/jobs it creates. I only wish I could be in Southampton to see the ships, whatever the weather, and not stuck in the mirky Midlands! Jackie56
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10:21pm Mon 2 Jul 12

The Music Man says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
The Music Man wrote:
so, we won't actually see the Red Arrows from Southampton then? And the fireworks are going to be set off in the daytime, according to the council website: "A short firework display (no more than 2 minutes) will take place as each ship approaches Moorhead Buoy (in-between Weston Shore and Hythe). The first display will take place at approximately 6.30pm and the last one at approximately 7.05pm".
It rather depends on the cloud base and visibilty, they do have a low level display but subject to the constraints prevalent at the time. The Fly-past may be possible but don't be surprised if it is pulled for safety reasons, it's no ones fault.
The display is only visible from Calshot and Lepe. The people of Gosport and possibly Portsmouth will get a good view.

The flypast, if weather permits, might be seen from Southampton.

The fireworks are being set off in broad daylight.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Music Man[/bold] wrote: so, we won't actually see the Red Arrows from Southampton then? And the fireworks are going to be set off in the daytime, according to the council website: "A short firework display (no more than 2 minutes) will take place as each ship approaches Moorhead Buoy (in-between Weston Shore and Hythe). The first display will take place at approximately 6.30pm and the last one at approximately 7.05pm".[/p][/quote]It rather depends on the cloud base and visibilty, they do have a low level display but subject to the constraints prevalent at the time. The Fly-past may be possible but don't be surprised if it is pulled for safety reasons, it's no ones fault.[/p][/quote]The display is only visible from Calshot and Lepe. The people of Gosport and possibly Portsmouth will get a good view. The flypast, if weather permits, might be seen from Southampton. The fireworks are being set off in broad daylight. The Music Man
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10:52pm Mon 2 Jul 12

Mewling Quim says...

Another success, The troll.
Another success, The troll. Mewling Quim
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11:23pm Mon 2 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Mewling Quim wrote:
Another success, The troll.
?
[quote][p][bold]Mewling Quim[/bold] wrote: Another success, The troll.[/p][/quote]? OSPREYSAINT
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1:05am Tue 3 Jul 12

Poppy22 says...

saint61 wrote:
Shoong wrote:
-stiv- wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays!
It's called 'business'. It tends to keep the economy going.
you dont need to be rich to cruise - you just need to be hardworking
You can buy cruises with Tesco clubcard vouchers now so the cost is probably cheaper than the average package holiday!
Hope the weather forecast is wrong for this as we've looked forward to this for ages and the Cunard event was spoilt by the weather. Fingers crossed.
Hope the Red Arrows can do their display too this time.
[quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: Congratulations rich people! Congratulations cruise operators! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to gaze at a minor royal from afar and observe people going on expensive holidays![/p][/quote]It's called 'business'. It tends to keep the economy going.[/p][/quote]you dont need to be rich to cruise - you just need to be hardworking[/p][/quote]You can buy cruises with Tesco clubcard vouchers now so the cost is probably cheaper than the average package holiday! Hope the weather forecast is wrong for this as we've looked forward to this for ages and the Cunard event was spoilt by the weather. Fingers crossed. Hope the Red Arrows can do their display too this time. Poppy22
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10:27am Tue 3 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Is Cruising the 21st Century replacement for Butlins?
Is Cruising the 21st Century replacement for Butlins? OSPREYSAINT
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11:00am Tue 3 Jul 12

Irate Wintonian says...

I wonder how Darcey Bussell feels about being 'former world-famous ballerina'.
Would've been more polite to say 'world-famous former ballerina' if you ask me (and I'm sure you won't).
I wonder how Darcey Bussell feels about being 'former world-famous ballerina'. Would've been more polite to say 'world-famous former ballerina' if you ask me (and I'm sure you won't). Irate Wintonian
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11:33am Tue 3 Jul 12

Nutstrangler says...

"Southampton's Magnificent Seven".....how does that work then, they're registered in Bermuda, are they not ?
"Southampton's Magnificent Seven".....how does that work then, they're registered in Bermuda, are they not ? Nutstrangler
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3:08pm Tue 3 Jul 12

vag says...

Nutstrangler wrote:
"Southampton's Magnificent Seven".....how does that work then, they're registered in Bermuda, are they not ?
They aren't registered in Southampton, but they do count southampton as their home port.
[quote][p][bold]Nutstrangler[/bold] wrote: "Southampton's Magnificent Seven".....how does that work then, they're registered in Bermuda, are they not ?[/p][/quote]They aren't registered in Southampton, but they do count southampton as their home port. vag
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11:27pm Tue 3 Jul 12

Mewling Quim says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Is Cruising the 21st Century replacement for Butlins?
No, Butlins is the 21st century Butlins. Cruising is where the Poncy play.
Reach over and pass my slippers darling.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Is Cruising the 21st Century replacement for Butlins?[/p][/quote]No, Butlins is the 21st century Butlins. Cruising is where the Poncy play. Reach over and pass my slippers darling. Mewling Quim
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11:54pm Tue 3 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Mewling Quim wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Is Cruising the 21st Century replacement for Butlins?
No, Butlins is the 21st century Butlins. Cruising is where the Poncy play.
Reach over and pass my slippers darling.
Jealous?
[quote][p][bold]Mewling Quim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Is Cruising the 21st Century replacement for Butlins?[/p][/quote]No, Butlins is the 21st century Butlins. Cruising is where the Poncy play. Reach over and pass my slippers darling.[/p][/quote]Jealous? OSPREYSAINT
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