P&O cruises captain gives peek inside ‘ghost ship’ anchored at British coast

Cruise ships have dropped their anchors during the coronavirus pandemic.

As the government “advises against cruise ship travel at this time”, liners have been left looking like ghost towns.

One of these vessels is the Azura, which is part of P&O’s luxury fleet.

Captian Marcin Banach is one of the few crew left aboard the 14-deck ship, Devon Live reports.

Normally the vast 290m long cruise ship has 3,100 passengers and 1,280 crew members aboard.

But the Master Mariner's photographs show what life is like now with just a skeleton crew waiting out the time until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted in November.

The captain has been making the most facilities that are usually bustling with guests.

He’s posed for pictures in the empty gym and caught some rays by the bar on the top deck.

His 2,400 followers were very jealous of his relaxing-looking home during lockdown.

One commenter replied: “Wish I was there – enjoy your evening captain!”

And another said: “Would love a relaxing drink there.”

Others are surprised by how different the ship looks now that it’s not packed with guests.

One responder wrote: “So strange to see an empty deck!”

And another agreed: “I was just thinking the same!

“It’s like Azura is in the best port even and Captain Marcin is the only person with IPM (a duty to stay on board).”

The Azura boasts 12-bars, 5-entertainment venues, age specific kids club, adult only areas and an open air cinema.

In normal times, the 14-passenger deck ship sails to a variety of destinations including; the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Mediterranean.

MS Azura is a cruise ship operated by P&O Cruises and owned by Carnival plc.

The ship was built in Italy and was officially named by ballerina and Strictly Come Dancing Judge Darcey Bussell.

When the ship first arrived in Devon the Captain admired his view "from the office" and said: "This coast line looks incredible."

P&O Cruises has announced that it will be extending its suspension of cruises until November 12 2020.

The Azura and Ventura first arrived in Babbacombe Bay on August 6.

The decision has been made in line with the Foreign Office which continues to advise all Brits against cruise ship travel.

Along with extending the suspension of operations, P&O has cancelled two long haul cruises which were due to depart in 2021.

Cruise ships are often spotted off the Torbay coast because the South Devon coast offers secure anchorage with the prevailing weather.

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