Holiday cruise liners will be home for thousands of Games workers
Two cruise liners owned by Norwegian cruise firm Fred Olsen, the Braemar and Gemini ships — complete with swimming pools, a theatre and maid service — have docked in London to provide accommodation for thousands of Olympic workers.
Bus drivers and security staff told of their delight at being treated like holidaymakers on vessels that normally cruise the Caribbean or Australia, but have dropped anchor in the East End.
Today the workers said their new base was “fantastic”. Security worker Habib Rezaie, 22, from Leicester, said: “It is like a hotel. It looks fantastic.” Security guard Jamie Stewart, 18, from Aylesbury, said: “It is really cool, I have never been on a cruise liner before, it is more than you imagine.”
Benito Graves, 18, from Luton, said: “The food is really good. It is three-star accommodation, there is good food ... a gym and swimming pool.”
“The staff on the cruise liner are very helpful, said another employee. “It is a bit like a Travelodge. I have got a good single room, it is ensuite with a toilet, shower and TV. They have maids coming in and doing your bed.”