Harbourmaster Prepared For Busiest Ever Cruise Ship Day

MS Island Sky

Over 1000 cruise ship passengers, around half the population of our islands, are set to visit Scilly today.

This will be the busiest cruise ship day the islands have ever had, with three ships visiting at once.

The Spirit of Adventure, with 230 on board, will be moored until 8pm and will take trippers to Tresco.

The Island Sky is here for a two day visit and will take passengers to Tresco today and St Martin’s tomorrow before heading for Alderney.

Finally, the Marco Polo, which has around 400 passegers on board, will be here until 8pm before leaving for Guernsey.

St Mary's Harbourmaster, Dale Clark

St Mary’s Harbourmaster, Dale Clark, says we’re getting an increasing number of return visits by cruise companies because passengers have been impressed with their welcome on the islands.

He added that, this year, there has been a bigger effort to improve both the service for the cruise companies and the visitor experience for passengers.

Dale says his team on the quay play an important role, not just by ensuring the legal requirements of landing passengers are met, but also being the first people to greet passengers and the last to say goodbye.

In order to ease congestion within the harbour for the local tripper boats and tenders bringing cruise vessel passengers ashore, Captain David Redgrave, the Master of the Scillonian III, has told us she will discharge her passengers on arrival, then depart the berth and remain at anchor until 3.15pm before returning to the berth to load prior to her normal departure time of 4.30pm.

In addition, there are no Island Rover bus tours from Holgates Green on Saturday as all trips are pre-booked by cruise passengers.