There are 5 remaining cruise ships in Weymouth Bay (off Isle of Portland, Dorset England) following the suspension of cruise travel due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The liners appeared in Weymouth Bay in early 2020, choosing the site to avoid berthing fees in United Kingdom ports.
The number of cruise ships fluctuated since March. At one point there were 8 ships in Dorset Bay.
Despite hopes for a January 2021 industry restart, it is understood cruises will not resume until the spring.
In July 2020, the Foreign Office put in place a warning to British nationals against maritime holidays in the wake of numerous cruise-based COVID outbreaks around the globe. The advice made it impossible for cruisers to secure holiday insurance. The sailings were forced to settle in at ports. Special boat trips appeared offering to take tourists around the empty giants.
The liners honked in the New Year by sounding their horns at midnight.