|Cruise Ship Sightings
A somewhat comical reminder that we are indeed a small fish in a rather big pond!
This photograph was taken by someone on the shore at Babbacombe, as we sailed along the South Devon coastline en route to Torbay for our weekly day trip to Torquay and Brixham. There have been two enormous P&O Cruise Ships at anchor off of the South Devon Coast for a few weeks now – the Ventura and the Azura.
The Vetura and Azura are sister ships, both launched to break the mould for P&O Cruises’ ships – to be bigger, better and more family-friendly.
Capacity: 3080 passengers
Sails from: Southampton
Sails to: Mediterranean, British Isles & Western Europe, Caribbean, Western Mediterranean, Baltic Sea – oh, and Devon!
Capacity: 3100 passengers
Sails from: Southampton, Barbados, Malta
Sail to: Caribbean, Europe, Western Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean – oh, and Devon!
As we sailed past, our Skipper could see the Captain of the Azura on the bridge. He waved up at the tiny spec of a person who seemed so far away and didn’t expect him to not only wave back but to also blast the horn, much to the amazement and excitement of Pride of Exmouth’s passengers! It was incredibly loud – exhilarating in fact and demonstrated a great sense of friendly humour from their watchman!
On the one hand, it is of course sad to see these ships redundantly waiting in the bay with nowhere to go – a sure sign of the challenging times which many travel companies currently face but on the other hand, it has been truly wonderful to see them and our passengers have absolutely loved being able to see something so awesome that many people may never have seen so close up before.
As with all things in life, opinions vary and some people love them whilst others do not but one thing is for sure and that is that they are a sight to behold and certainly not something you get to see every day! In my humble opinion, seeing these magnificent ships represents one of the many positive and fascinating things which has come about since the outbreak of the global pandemic and I am grateful for the opportunity to see them so close!