A fleet of "ghost" cruise ships are currently moored in Torbay in what's becoming known as a "car park" of vessels emptied by the coronavirus pandemic.
The hotelling cruise liners P&O's Azura, Ventura and Arcadia, Cunards Queen Mary 2, Holland-America Line (HAL) Zaandam, Volendam and Niuew Statendam and Emerald Princess are all anchored off Devon's coast.
P&O's Aurora cruise ship was also anchored in the bay on Wednesday morning, however has since set sail for Weymouth, Devon Live reports.
Sister ships Azura and Ventura first anchored in the bay during early August with the elegant Queen Mary 2 joining shortly after.
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The Emerald Princes is the latest cruise liner to join the English Riviera's recently established 'cruise ship' car park.
Four separate ships from HAL fleet have been spotted in they bay including Westerdam which recently left for Southampton.
A spokesperson Holland-America Line explained that the locations for hotelling cruise ships are determined by a number of factors including where is deemed the most suitable position for when the cruise liners begin operating again.
A spokesperson for HAL said: ''With the continued pause in cruise operations, most Holland America Line ships are or en route to their pause location until cruising resumes.
''Additionally, all crew members who are not part of the necessary staffing minimal non-operational manning (MNOM) have been repatriated to their home countries.
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''Ships in minimum non-operational manning (MNOM) carry the minimum number of crew required to keep the vessel safe and operate in compliance with all nautical and environmental regulations.
''Depending on the ship, the number of required crew ranges from 90 to 110 and covers required deck and engine department crew and officers and hotel and medical staff.
''Crew will be rotated onboard each ship according to their contracts and as the global travel situation allows.
''Pause locations are determined by a number of factors including best logistic location to be positioned for when we return to cruise, winter weather, available service options, travel options, and the number of vessels each location can accommodate.''
President of Cunard, Simon Palethorpe said: ''We proactively made changes to our itineraries due to the threat of coronavirus.
''Sadly, as this threat became a pandemic we, along with the entire cruise industry, paused our operations.''
A spokesperson for Cunard said: ''As a result of the continuing impact of Covid-19, Cunard has further extended its pause in operations to sailings up to April, 18, 2021 for Queen Mary 2.''
Each of the vessels currently anchored in the bay is operating on a skeleton crew of approximately 100 to 180 crewman per vessel, the number required to keep the vessels in operations.
Although it is costing the cruise companies money to keep the vessels in what they call 'warm storage', it would cost far more to put the ships into 'cold storage' without crew or engines running, due to the procedures to re-start the ship's engines, generators, water and sanitisation systems.
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