A CAPTAIN of a P&O ‘ghost ship’ has documented life aboard the abandoned vessel while off the coast of Devon.
Marcin Banach, who would typically be in charge of a heavily loaded vessel carrying 3,000 passengers and 1,000 employees, lives on the empty liner at Babbacombe Bay, Torquay.
The Azura cruise ship will remain docked in the southwest of the country until November, when P&O hopes to resume cruises.
Taking advantage of an unusual situation, Marcin shares his daily life with his followers on Twitter.
He shared a photo of himself exercising in a totally empty gym – an unusual sight for a cruise ship in August.
Another showed him wrapped in tarps or walking around the deck to keep in shape.
Yesterday he shared a photo of the sister ship Ventura, which is also moored off Torbay.
“We finally got to see her this morning @pandocruises #Ventura halfway through that hazy, low fog in the #BabbacombeBay at #Devon,” he wrote.
“Our fog bell on the bow of #Azura is still working because it is rather uneven this morning. Have a nice day folks. “
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Normally, the 14-deck vessel Azura sailed to destinations in the Mediterranean.
P&O Cruises has announced that it will extend its cruise suspension until November 12, 2020.
It comes as competing cruise ship line Viking has canceled all holidays until next year due to the pandemic.
The cruise liner was forced to suspend travel until 2021 due to “complicated trips abroad”.
All passengers who have booked cruises this year can request a full refund, if requested by August 24, or a 125% future cruise credit.
The credit must be used within the next 24 months, and the 2021 and 2022 cruises can be booked now.
Viking President Torstein Hagen said the world will be in a “better position” and travel abroad “less complicated”.
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He explained: “On March 11, when we became the first cruise line to temporarily suspend operations at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, I would not have imagined that in August we would still not be sailing and that I would write this letter to you.
“Every day, I am encouraged by scientific progress towards Covid-19 therapy and a vaccine. “