A FLAGSHIP cruise ship has returned to Weymouth Bay - completing the iconic fleet affectionately known as the Three Queens to be anchored in the region's waters.

A number of vessels, including Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, Aurora and Britannia, are currently anchored off the coast as the industry continues to suspend cruising.

The cruise ships are remaining in Weymouth Bay for the foreseeable future as cruise operators continue to suspend commercial sailings due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Queen Mary 2, the flagship of the Cunard line, has recently returned to Weymouth Bay after first appearing in the Dorset waters in May 2020.

The cruise ship can hold more than 2,500 guests and more than 1,000 crew members. The 149,000-tonne vessel, which is 1,132ft in length, was once the world’s largest ship.

Along with sister liners Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, it makes up an iconic fleet affectionately known as the Three Queens.

Dorset Echo: The Queen Mary 2 has returned to Weymouth Bay. Pictured during a foggy morning on the Dorset coast. Picture: Dorset Echo

A film called Let Them All Talk, starring Oscar winner Meryl Streep, was also filmed onboard the multi-million cruise ship, a move that Simon Palethorpe, president of Cunard Line, hoped would encourage people to book holidays on its cruise ships.

Queen Mary 2, and the other cruise ships, however appear to be staying in Weymouth Bay almost indefinitely, with CruiseMapper reporting no planned movements of the vessels.

Cunard will not be resuming cruising until May after extending its suspension of sailings amid coronavirus restrictions.