P&O UK cruise ship Ventura anchored in Weymouth Bay due to Coronavirus crisis

   April 23, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

Another P&O Cruises UK ship anchored in Weymouth Bay (near Isle of Portland Port, Dorset England) on Wednesday, April 22. The passenger-free MS Ventura is the 2nd-largest vessel in the P&O UK's fleet (of all 7 ships currently in service) having max passenger capacity 3727 (plus 1226 staff-crew).

In March, P&O Britannia ship was also anchored in Weymouth Bay (later relocated was to Southampton) and also without passengers onboard. A spokesperson for P&O UK confirmed that it was a normal routine for the vessel to be anchored at sea. All P&O Cruises (UK and Australia fleets) passenger shipping operations are currently suspended (through July 31).

Ventura's next scheduled voyage is in August - from homeport Southampton to Iberia and Channel Islands. All major cruise companies were forced to suspend operations and cancel departures due to the ongoing COVID pandemic.

For Coronavirus updates on cruise ship quarantines (infected passengers and crew) and top-pandemic countries (COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily updated statistics) see at CruiseMapper's Norovirus page.