Huge fleet of ‘ghost’ ships spotted off UK coast as cruise liners banned from travel

Six “ghost” cruise ships have dropped anchor and floating in the sea of a UK coastline as the coronavirus pandemic has a devasting effect on the industry.

The cruise liners, which have a skeleton staff on board, have been seen returning to Tor Bay after the South Devon coast took a battering from storms.

The cruise ships weighed anchor and all departed from Torbay and Babbacombe Bay at the end of last week as coastline took a hit from the weather.

They have now begun to slowly return on Monday and there are now six in the bay: Marella Explorer, Marella Explorer 2, Arcadia, Oosterdam, Zaandam and Eurodam.

Devon Live reports that the Queen Victoria is anchored in nearby Babbacombe Bay.

Tor Bay in Torquay, Devon has become a temporary home for the liners

There are also reports that Anthem of the Seas, one of the biggest cruise liners in the world, is heading for Tor Bay too.

All over the world cruise liners are at anchor in sheltered harbours, waiting for restrictions to be lifted so they can start taking passengers to Caribbean and Mediterranean hotspots once more.

Tor Bay and Babbacombe Bay have been popular spots for cruise ships to anchor during the pandemic, with their waters sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds.

They have become a familiar part of the local landscape, and some have entered into the spirit of local events, sounding their horns for Remembrance Sunday and New Year’s Eve.

Local youngsters have also made cards for the skeleton crews on board at Christmas, and well-wishers collected gifts to be taken on board.

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