Ever since coronavirus has broken out across the world, cruise lines are rushing to figure out what to do with their fleets. Normally, their vessels would be alternating between brief periods of being docked and long periods of sailing the seas. You know, because that’s how cruises work. But things are obviously quite a bit different now, and many ships are being forced to suspend operations and lay up. Since this is all happening so quickly and suddenly, lots of people may have no clue about the whereabouts of some of their favorite cruise ships. If you’re one of those confused, curious folks, let’s check out some updates on a few cruise fleets.
The British cruise line currently has a fleet that is comprised by three ships, and all are either actively docked now or are on their way to do so. The Queen Elizabeth is laid up at the Port of Gladstone and doesn’t have any plans to leave from there in the immediate future. Another one of their ships, the Queen Victoria, is anchored in Southampton, awaiting orders to head towards a more finalized docking in Portland. Finally, the Queen Mary 2 is on the ocean, making its way back to England. It will dock in Southampton, and is expected to arrive there on April 11.
The latest news about Genting is largely surrounding one ship: the World Dream. This ship is typically docked in Hong Kong, but it doesn’t seem to be heading back there any time soon. Instead, it is on its way to Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Where will it go from there, you ask? We aren’t sure, and neither is Genting. They said that the ship’s “future plans are currently being finalized but are still unconfirmed due to the fluid situation of the COVID-19 outbreak.” So, there ya go.
The Ventura, the Britannia and the Aurora are all currently in Southampton, while the Oceana arrived there but quickly relocated to Dover. The Arcadia will get to Southampton on April 12 and then relocate to Dover as well. The Azura was in the Caribbean when all the other ships began to head home, but should follow suit and head to Southampton soon.
So there you have it, a quick summary of what some of the cruise ships around the world are doing. Of course, there are still ships out there operating today, but we expect them to start heading home soon as time progresses. Soon enough, it is likely that all ships will be taking a break from commercial ventures, a move that will help save many lives.