Cruising at Altitude

On the south coast in #dorset, lies #weymouth Bay. Weymouth Bay is part of the magnificent #jurrassiccoast, so called that because it's rock formations are from the Jurassic period.

When #covid-19 hit back in March, Cruise ships from around the world were left redundant and needed to be stored somewhere affordable. Being a large, sheltered bay, Weymouth was an obvious location for the major cruise companies.

In the bay were #Cunard and P&O. Anchored off #lymebay, were Cunard's The Queen Mary, her sister ships Victoria and Elizabeth and P&O's #Britannia, #marellaExplorer, #morellaExplorer, #aurora and #ventura. The ships were kept in 'warm storage', meaning their systems were kept running so water was circulated, batteries were kept charge and salt water was flushed out. The liners would come and go at different times when they needed to run the engines, refuel or restock.

These ships were huge and gathered a lot of interest from locals and the media as they occupied the landscape. Locals would sail, kayak and motor over to these ships to see them up close.

Different View Photography was offered the chance to view these boats up close by a local speed boat owner. We left from #weymouthmarina and travelled out into the bay. After a 15 minute journey, we arrived at the first boat. The Queen Mary is a liner who can carry 2000 passengers. She has been built to have the final say in luxury. Launched in 2003, she is still fairly new and takes her passengers all over the world.

Using the #djiinspire, we filmed and photographed her from the air. Although it was hazy, we managed to get pictures and footage that was extraordinary.

The picture above shows the size of the liner compared to our RIB.

Below are the P&O ships, a different colour and style to the Cunard.

The liners were situated close to #durdledoor. Durdle Door is a famous part of the coastline which boasts a stunning beach that is overlooked by a unique arch.

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