Cruise ships that are currently anchored and inactive off Britain’s coast are set to temporarily become pop-up hotels, a seaside council official said.
Steve Darling, the Liberal Democrat leader of Torbay Council in Devon, has called on cruise lines whose ships are moored in the bay to consider opening them up to overnight guests to ease the demand for a vacation in the south -Where is.
Right now, almost all of the world’s 270 cruise ships before the pandemic are idle, and a significant number of them are anchored off the south coast of England.
Explorer Marella and MS from Holland-America Zaandam are barely a mile from shore, while Cunard’s Queen mary 2, Marella Explorer 2 and P&O Cruises’ Arcadia and Ventura are just north, off the coast between Babbacombe and Teignmouth.
Mr. Darling said The independent: “In any normal summer I think I would have a lot of heartache from local accommodation providers suggesting additional capacity, but with so much uncertainty on international travel this summer they are all likely to sell.
“In what could be an extremely busy summer, you can’t just create additional capacity.
“When we think ‘How do we create a pop-up capacity?’ it’s already on the doorstep.
“We may also be building relationships with a few cruise lines so that they can stop over in Torbay in the future.”
In the absence of a port capable of receiving cruise ships, ships are forced to use tenders to disembark passengers.
CruiseTimetables.com currently only shows two cruise ships scheduled to call in Torbay in 2021: the German ship Artania on May 31, July 7 and September 23, and Silver Spirit of Silversea on September 26.
Mr Darling said cruise ships currently at anchor are now part of the community, with locals collecting Christmas presents for the reduced crew on board.
The council chief dismissed the suggestion that increasing overnight guests could add additional pressure on Torbay’s limited resources.
“Either way, we’re going to have hordes of people camping out here. If someone from the Midlands is unable to make a reservation, they can come for a day.
A spokesperson for Marella, the cruise company owned by Tui, said: “Our main goal is to keep our ships in service for our customers as soon as possible.”
Since the 1980s, cruise ships have been deployed to host major sporting events, including the Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in 2014 and the Summer Games in Rio.
They are also expected to be drafted for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
There are relatively few examples in the world of cruise ships becoming permanent accommodation.
Two old Cunard liners, Queen mary and the QE2, are currently floating hotels – in Long Beach, California and Dubai respectively.
But Katie King, former director of marketing for the QE2 in Dubai, said: “The QE2 is one of the world’s most famous ocean liners afloat, with a history and history spanning over 50 years.
“It is difficult for a modern liner to offer such a rich cultural experience. If the QE2 was not it the QE2 , would it have been a successful project? The answer is, unlikely. It was bought and restored because it is the QE2. “