BE IT running, painting, or even learning a new language, we have all taken up new hobbies during lockdown.

But one Southampton teen has taken a different approach – he’s created his favourite ship out of Lego!

Ben O’ Donnell has spent weeks in lockdown creating a highly detailed model of Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas.

The construction consists of more than 3,000 pieces of Lego and includes some of the ship’s most iconic features, including the 360-degree North Star observation capsule.

The North Star is the world’s tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship which is more than 100 metres above sea level.

Ben said: “The first cruise ship I saw was Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas when I was three years old - I was fascinated with the size. It was also the first cruise ship I experienced with my family. I really love Royal Caribbean because it feels like a home from home. There is so much to do on the ships as a family but I enjoy that I can also explore by myself and make new friends.”

Ben also created some of Anthem of the Seas’ other stand-out features, paying great attention to detail. These included SeaPlex, the largest and most revolutionary indoor active space at sea, the sky diving experience RipCord by iFly and Flowrider, the 40ft surf simulator on which guests navigate 100,000 litres of water for the ultimate surf experience.

He added: “To visualise the ship, I watch YouTube videos and note the detail. I then construct the ships in a similar way to a real build, forming them into mega blocks and then bonding them together.”

Ben has previously built Lego creations of Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas, sharing the creations on his @kids_go_cruising Instagram account and YouTube channel.

Ben Bouldin, of Royal Caribbean, said: “It’s great to see how enthusiastic and productive Ben has been in lockdown. I really appreciate the effort and skill that has gone into creating these.”