Instead of carrying 3000 crew and passengers, the luxury liner is one of the passenger-free ships amid the COVID crisis. The vessel is currently anchored in Torquay Bay after P&O UK cancelled all voyages through October 15.
P&O was the first of the Carnival Corporation-owned companies to extend the operational pause into Fall 2020. Last month, the shipowner (Carnival Corporation) announced hundreds of job losses in the UK. P&) UK is currently working with public health bodies in the USA and the UK to enhance health and safety protocols.
The arrival of the ship comes in the same week people had been warned not to attempt to get a closer look at a fleet of large cruise ships anchored off the south coast.
Weymouth Bay (off Isle of Portland, Dorset England) became an anchorage site for Carnival-owned liners during the lockdown. The passenger-free P&O liners include Aurora, Ventura, Arcadia, Azura and Britannia.