Cruise Ships Idle Off of UK Shores

Idle Cruise Ship P&O Arcadia in Poole Bay UK. - Photo Courtesy of Mudeford Ferry



Post Date: September 4, 2020 - 01:01 AM


An ex. British Cruise Ship Captain left the big ships to start a small ferry operation in the beach town of Mudeford, Dorset, in the UK. Capt. Paul Derham's Mudeford Ferry is offering 2.5 hour "Ghost Ship Tours" for paying passengers to view anchored cruise ships in the English Channel, weather permitting. Captain Paul stated that on a whim, he listed the 2 tours to visit the cruise ships on Facebook, The tours sold out in a matter of a few hours.

Captain Paul has said the demand for these tours have been strong - attracting ship enthusiasts, those who miss seeing the cruise ships and the curious. The 2.5 hour tour sails by the idle and docked cruise ships in the vicinity of Southampton, England. Ships currently in Poole Bay include the Aurora, Anthem of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas. Please note that the ships frequently move and different ships may be present the day of your tour.

Other ships within striking range (which may or may not be part of the tour) include the Norwegian Star (currently in Southampton) and off of Weymouth is the Queen Elizabeth, Marella Discovery, Britannia, Marella Explorer, Marella Discovery, Marella Explorer 2, and Queen Victoria. Idle Off of Paignton is the Queen Mary 2, Ventura and Azura.

Tours to visit the cruise ships are expected to continue through the months of September and October weather permitting.

Om the Mudeford Ferry website It states...

Since everyone liked the trips we have done so far, we plan to do more of these special “Cruise Ship” cruises once the wind moderates.

These cruises will be popular so we will advertise on Facebook 12, 24 or 48 hours before the next trip. There will be a phone number to call and then you will informed whether you have a place. We just can not manage the number of direct calls asking to be on the register.

Cruise to Poole Bay to see one of the cruise ships who are at Anchor. We will have an unobstructed view of these giants and are allowed to cruise up to 50 meters away (which is close) from these Massive Ships which have included so far P&O Arcadia, Aurora, Ventura and Cunard Victoria

Cruises depart Mudeford Quay BH23 4AB and last about 2 hours 30 mins

Our Vessel is the “JOSEPHINE” and we are limited to about 20 persons.

There will be commentary and interesting personnel accounts of an actual sea rescue.

Adult £20, Child £10. Cash payment on the day

Bring your own food and drink

The line who has always operated smaller American-flagged ships carrying less than 100 passengers on coastal and inland waters itineraries, The ships are praised for their unique experience and ability to go where few ships can go. Unique itineraries include New England and its historical islands; the Hudson River and Erie Canal sailings to the St. Lawrence River and French Canada; the Great Lakes; the East Coast Intra-coastal Waterway to the Carolinas and Florida; and Belize and Guatemala in the winter months.

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