Live cruise ship tracker – Where are the cruise ships?

Since the global pause in cruising, more people have become interested in tracking the locations of cruise ships. It can be fascinating to see where cruise ships are anchored in the sea right now and where they’re cruising to next.

You can use these exact cruise ship locations to plan a sightseeing trip to see the cruise ships anchored at sea.

Take a look at the live cruise tracker below. Beneath, you’ll find some handy tips on how to best use it.

How to use the cruise ship tracker

1. Select the ship type

By default, the map shows all ships including cargo vessels, tankers, tugs and fishing boats. To see cruise ships and ferries only, click or tap on the filter icon, disable all ship types and then select ‘passenger vessels’. Then click or tap the filter icon again to go back to the map.

2. Change the location or zoom in

By default, this cruise ship tracker is set to show where cruise ships are sailing off the south coast of the UK. However, you can easily see cruise ship locations anywhere in the world. Just drag the map to where you want to see. You can also zoom in and out for a closer look (e.g. by using the scroll wheel on your mouse or the + and – in the top right).

3. See a particular ship

To find the location of a particular cruise ship, just click or tap on the magnifying glass icon and type the name of the ship e.g. ‘Ventura’. Click or tap the magnifying glass again to close the search facility and see the map.

4. See cruise ship info

If you click or tap on a ship, you’ll be able to see whether the ship is anchored or moving, at what speed and the destination that the ship is heading for.


This live cruise ship tracker should work on most mobile devices. However, it can be a bit fiddly to use on a small screen. For the best experience, I recommend visiting this page on a laptop or desktop computer.

Use this cruise tracker for ship spotting

Ship spotting has become a popular pastime, particularly in the UK, where cruise ships are now anchored in places where they wouldn’t usually be.

Cruise ships which should be cruising in the Mediterranean or around the Caribbean have instead found themselves floating in the English Channel. These empty cruise ships have earned the nickname ‘ghost ships’ as they do not have any passengers and only a few crew members.

P&O cruise ship in Bournemouth bay

The best places to spot cruise ships in the UK

If you’d like to see cruise ships anchored off the south coast of England today, you should head to one of these locations:

  • Weymouth
  • Bournemouth
  • Torbay

Boat trips to see cruise ships

For a close up look at the ghost cruise ships, you can take a trip in a small boat, ferry or even a jet ski out to see them. Prices cost around £12 to £20 per person.

Here are some links to the companies offering sightseeing tours to see the cruise ships:

If you already have a ship spotting boat trip booked and want to see which cruise ships are in Weymouth Bay, Bournemouth Bay or Torbay today, then the cruise ship tracker will give you that information so you know what to expect.

Cruise ship spotting in the US

If you live in the US and are wondering if you can spot cruise ships anchored off the coast of Florida, then sadly, you can’t. These cruise ships are anchored in groups between Florida and the Bahamas, so it’s not possible to see them from the shore.