Satellite images show fleets of empty cruise ships clustered together in the Caribbean and the Philippines
Satellite images have revealed fleets of empty cruise ships clustered together at sea because they are unable to anchor in ports.
Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, few industries have been hit harder than the cruise industry.
The ships are seen as floating petri dishes and although there are no passengers on them, there are still several crew members.
Now, with no incoming bookings and unable to dock, many have decided to huddle together in the Atlantic, Caribbean and South China Sea to avoid the major shipping lanes.
Satellite images have shown that empty cruise ships are huddled to avoid major shipping lanes. Pictured: Cruise ships off the coast of the Bahamas, May 2
Three cruise ship groups, totaling 15, are clustered at Coco Cay and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas
Since there are not enough traditional berths to accommodate cruise ships, many have been forced out to sea.
Two are ports, Coco Cay and Great Stirrup Cay, in the Bahamas where Royal Caribbean ships and Norwegian cruise ships store ships.
According to The ride, the ships are in three groups – 15 in all – that are about 30 miles apart.
They have names like Harmony of the Seas, Celebrity Edge and Azamara Pursuit.
There are also at least 12 cruise ships, such as the MV Ruby Princess, which are located just off the coast of the Philippines.
The Philippine Coast Guard says that cruise ships must wait for permission from the Bureau of Quarantine before docking in Manila.
There are currently no passengers on the cruise ships, but many crew members are still on board.
From May 5 CNN says there are more than 57,000 crew members on board 74 cruise ships in and around US ports and the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
About a dozen cruise ships, such as the Ruby Princess, have sat off the coast of the Philippines (photo)
The Philippine Coast Guard says that cruise ships must wait for permission from the Bureau of Quarantine before docking in Manila. Pictured: The Ruby Princess, May 7
Hundreds of people are trapped worldwide and because the ships cannot dock, they cannot go home.
Alex Adkins, a senior stage technician on Freedom of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean ship, says he’s been at sea since mid-March when the last guests disembarked
“We haven’t had any guests since then and we just float off the coast of Barbados,” Adkins, an American, told CNN.
Employees said they don’t understand why they are not free to leave ships if they have released 14-day quarantines.
“I hope we’re not forgotten, to be honest,” MaShawn Morton, a Princess Cruises employee, told CNN.
“It seems like nobody cares about what’s happening to us here.”
Carnival Cruise Line says it plans to resume some operations in August, but Norwegian Cruise Line says there is “substantial doubt” about the future.
“We believe that the continued effects of COVID-19 on our operations and global bookings have had and will continue to have a significant impact on our financial results and liquidity, and such a negative impact may continue well beyond the scope of such outbreak, ‘the company filed on Tuesday.
It is not the first time that cruise ships have been photographed together.
Last week were cruise ships and cargo ships forced to anchor at the Isle of Wight, in England, to avoid busy shipping lanes.
A UK Department of Transport spokesperson confirmed that certain ships have been given a higher priority because of the crisis and cruise ships are currently a low priority because they do not carry passengers.