Cruise Ships to Operate as Floating Hotels off the Coast of Devon

By ,   April 25, 2017 ,   Cruise Industry

Cruise ships could be moored off Devon coast in order to host thousands of travellers expected to flock to the county in 2020 for the 400th anniversary celebrations of Mayflower's sailing. Mayflower was the ship that transported the first English Separatists (today popular as the Pilgrims) from Plymouth UK to the New World in 1620.

The plan will help fill a gap in county's accommodation as people come to take part in a series of events and see where Mayflower set off on its journey to America.

Plymouth City Council's assistant director for economic development David Draffan said:

"No city around the world is going to be able to provide enough accommodation for a one-off global event.

"There are a variety of options that have been seen, from having floating hotels through to campsites or people's houses."

The council has recently revealed plans for large hotels on several sites across the city.

Cllr Glenn Jordan said the Mayflower celebration is just the beginning for Plymouth's bright future.

"When these hotels come and set up we are going to have major national and international events ongoing afterwards," he said.