Satellite images reveal fleets of empty cruise ships grouping together in the Caribbean and the Philippines

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Satellite images have revealed fleets of empty cruise ships grouping together at sea because they cannot anchor in ports.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, few industries have been hit harder than the cruise industry.

The vessels are considered floating petri dishes and, while the passengers are no longer there, several crew members are still.

Now, with no incoming reservations and unable to dock, many have decided to regroup in the Atlantic, the Caribbean and the South China Sea to free themselves from the main shipping lanes.

Satellite images revealed that empty cruise ships were grouping together to clear the main shipping lanes. Pictured: cruise ships off the Bahamas, May 2

Satellite images revealed that empty cruise ships were grouping together to clear the main shipping lanes. Pictured: cruise ships off the Bahamas, May 2

Three groups of cruise ships, with 15 in total, are grouped off Coco Cay and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas

Three groups of cruise ships, with 15 in total, are grouped off Coco Cay and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas

Because there are not enough traditional berths to accommodate cruise ships, many have been forced to leave the sea.

Two ports, Coco Cay and Great Stirrup Cay, in the Bahamas, where the Royal Caribbean ship and Norwegian cruise ships store ships.

According to The Drive, the ships are divided into three groups – 15 in total – which are approximately 30 miles from each other.

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 sit just off the coast of the Philippines.

The Philippine Coast Guard says cruise ships must wait for clearance from the Quarantine Bureau before docking in Manila.

There are currently no passengers on the cruise liners, but many crew members are still on board.

As of May 5, CNN reports that there are more than 57,000 crew members on 74 cruise ships in and around American ports, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

A dozen cruise ships, such as the Ruby Princess, sit off the coast of the Philippines (photo)

A dozen cruise ships, such as the Ruby Princess, sit off the coast of the Philippines (photo)

Hundreds of others are stranded around the world and, as ships cannot dock, they cannot return home.

Alex Adkins, a senior technician on Freedom of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean ship, says he has been at sea since mid-March when the last guests disembarked.

“Since then, we have no guests and are floating off the coast of Barbados,” Adkins, an American, told CNN.

The employees said they don’t understand why they’re not free to leave the ships if they cleared the 14-day quarantine.

“I hope we are not forgotten, to be honest,” MaShawn Morton, a Princess Cruises employee, told CNN.

“No one seems to care what happens to us here. “

Carnival Cruise Line says it plans to resume operations in August, but Norwegian Cruise Line says there is “substantial doubt” about its future.

“We believe that the continuing effects of COVID-19 on our business and our global reservations have had and will continue to have a significant impact on our financial results and liquidity, and this negative impact could continue well beyond the confinement of ‘such an epidemic,’ the company’s filing on Tuesday.

It is not the first time that cruise ships have been photographed together.

Last week, cruise ships and cargo ships forced to drop anchor off the Isle of Wight, England, to avoid busy shipping lanes.

A spokesman for the UK Department of Transport confirmed that some ships have been given higher priority due to the crisis and that cruise ships are currently given low priority as they carry no passengers.

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