‘Ghost fleet’ of empty cruise ships anchored off UK: Thousands flock for ferry trips out to ships

Ships anchored off the UK have become a major tourist attraction during the northern summer, with several local ferry companies taking guests out to see the empty ships up close.

Nicknamed “the ghost fleet”, the ships belong to a variety of cruise companies and include famous vessels such as the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Elizabeth and the Allure of the Seas, a 225,282-tonne monster that’s the world’s fourth-largest cruise ship.

Cruising is largely becalmed around the world since the COVID-19 pandemic began and in the face of several high-profile outbreaks on board cruise ships, including the Ruby Princess in Australia.

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