What’s travel without some quirk? While not all of us may believe in this statement, the folks in the UK seem to be swearing by it. In a recent trend of sorts, ships anchored off the country’s coast have become a major tourist attraction, with local ferry companies arranging trips to view the empty vessels up and close on demand.
On offer are sightings of ships belonging to a variety of cruise companies including the famous Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, and the Allure of the Seas – a 225,282-tonne vessel that’s the world’s fourth-largest cruise ship. The idea to ferry guests to the gigantic and now empty ships was first figured by a gentleman named Paul Derham, who runs two local ferries in Mudeford.
Commenting on it, he said, “When we came out of lockdown here, we started the ferry again and I couldn’t believe how few passengers we were carrying. But when we’d drive down to get the boat ready you could see the ships in the distance, about five kilometers away. So, I thought ‘Cor blimey, why can’t we do trips there?”
Elaborating further, Derham said, “I just made an announcement to the passengers: ‘Anyone want to go and see the cruise ships close up?…I couldn’t believe the interest on board, so we put it up on Facebook expecting to do a couple of trips and within four hours we’d filled four trips out to see them.”