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  • Writer's pictureGethin Thomas

Emerald Princess

Originally published on Photoblog by Gethin Thomas NOVEMBER. 06, 2020

In March 2018 I saw the Emerald Princess for the last time after our Latin American cruise. We left it in the port of Valparaiso in Chile.

Imagine my surprise this week meeting her again. Having decided to go on a photo walk around Brixham not far from here, there she was at Covid anchor in Torbay along with other cruise ships.

The South coast of England has been home to many of the worlds cruise ships during the pandemic and they come and go regularly. I have tracked them using a free app called Marine Radar.

Anchored there today are The Emerald Princess, The Volendam, The Zaandam, The Nieuw Statendam, The Westerdam, The Arcadia, and The Queen Mary II.

Further along the coast at Weymouth today are The Marella Explorer, The Marella Discovery, The Queen Victoria, The Aurora, The Britannia, The Ventura, and The Norwegian Bliss. Norwegian Bliss is the 8th most expensive cruise ship ever built at $1 billion.

Further along at Bournemouth today are The Allure of the Seas, The Explorer of the Seas, The Jewel of the Seas, and the Anthem of the seas.

The Allure of the Seas along with it's sister ship Oasis of the Seas were the most expensive cruise ships worldwide as of 2019. Each of them cost around 1.4 billion U.S. dollars to build. With a gross tonnage of about 225,000, they were the second-largest cruise ships in the world.

Further along the coast at Southampton today are The Queen Elizabeth, The Norwegian Encore, and The Azura,

Further along at Dover today is The Disney Magic.

Further along at Tilbury today are The Spirit of Discovery, The Columbus, The Spirit of Adventure, The Magellan, The Astor, The Vasco da Gama and The Astoria.

I can't imagine so many of the world's largest ships have all been anchored at the same time in such a small area before. Other cruise ship visitors.

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