Hamble Point on a summer Saturday afternoon is a good place to watch the cruise ships departing from Southampton docks as they make their way down Southampton water and navigate the twisting channel around Calshot and the Bramble Bank.
The stand out vessel among the white "block of flats" which make up the cruise ship fleet is the Queen Mary 2 with a style which harks back to the hey day of cruise liners despite her recent launch.
Navigating the Solent can be difficult at the best of time, these big ships have a mobile exclusion zone 1000 meters forward and 100 meters on either side.
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