Cunard's Queen Mary 2 joins two P&O Cruises ships off England's south coast

   May 3, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

The flagship of Cunard Line, Queen Mary 2, arrived to join a couple of P&O vessels, Aurora and Ventura, off England's south coast on Sunday, May 3.

The liner, which can accommodate over 2,500 passengers and 1,000 crew, arrived in the bay off Weymouth and Portland (Dorset, England) Sunday afternoon as QM2 remains in hibernation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Queen Mary 2 is one of 3 ships popular as the Three Queens including Queen Elizabeth - currently docked north of the Philippines, and Queen Victoria - also docked off the coast of southern England. 

All 3 liners are no longer in service after the Southampton UK-based cruise line Cunard, part of the Carnival group, canceled its sailings on March 16.

QM2 has been in the area for some time following her arrival back off the coast of England in April but is occasionally seen moving around because of the weather forecast and for maritime operations.

The liner set off on her most recent voyage on January 10, 2020, but disembarked all passengers in Fremantle (Perth, Western Australia) after Cunard Line canceled all cruises.

 Cunard Queen Mary 2 cruise ship

The Queen Victoria ship sailed back to Southampton UK after an 8-hour stop in Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades, Florida) on March 17. She sailed back to England on April 17. 

However, soon after arriving back, it emerged she was dealing with a Coronavirus outbreak, and all nonessential crew had been asked to remain in their staterooms for at least 2 weeks. 

 On the other hand, Queen Elizabeth remains moored off the Philippines' coast. She is anchored in Manila Bay on the country's west coast alongside other ships from Princess Cruises.

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.