Scillonian III Sunday Sailings To Scilly Announced

scillonian gangwayThe Isles of Scilly Steamship Company has announced details of Sunday sailings for the Scillonian III, in her 36th year of service.

Chief Executive Jeff Marston outlined plans to increase capacity during the peak summer season last December, but the dates have just been finalised.

The Sunday sailings from Penzance to St Mary’s will begin on Sunday 7th July and continue throughout July and August until Sunday 8th September. These sailings will be in addition to Scillonian III’s regular Monday to Saturday schedule, which runs from Monday 25th March until Saturday 2nd November.

Jeff Marston said: “By offering ten weeks of Sunday sailings in the peak summer season, we are demonstrating our commitment to supporting the communities of the Isles of Scilly by giving passengers the greatest possible flexibility for making travel arrangements.

“Customers travelling on Scillonian III will also benefit from the recent refurbishment of the ship, which is aimed at improving the travel experience for all of our passengers.”

The Scillonian III had undergone a £2 million programme of refurbishments and winter maintenance. Upgrades carried out include new flooring, new lighting, audiovisual screens, new bathroom facilities and new catering outlets, with a café/bar and separate coffee shop operated by Coffee Republic.

Facilities for disabled passengers have been improved, with a new passenger lift installed that will give wheelchair users direct access to the main deck without having to use a stair lift, and a designated space for disabled passengers including access to a new disabled bathroom.

9 Responses to Scillonian III Sunday Sailings To Scilly Announced

  1. Katie F March 23, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    It would be great if we could start to have Sunday sailings for the May/June half term week as well, and over the Easter holidays – that would really help people who wanted to travel to and from the islands outside of the main summer holidays…

  2. kev March 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Well John – you’ll have to persuade St Mary’s airport to open on Sundays first!

  3. Stuart Moore March 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I’d like a boat that got me to the mainland by 4:30 in the afternoon.

  4. pat hicks March 4, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Great news.
    We are looking forward to the return of the boat, as we use it a lot in the summer

  5. paul pocock March 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    That’s good news… but please IOS Stesamship Co can we have more early morning sailings on Saturdays from Penzance – it is really good value for money and makes a day trip well worth while… Paul, Penzance.

    • Alison March 4, 2013 at 10:14 am

      What a good idea Paul. More money for businesses I think! Day trippers seem to spend a lot of money on meals, drinks, ice-creams and they always seem to go home with a bag from 49 Degrees and a plant! Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think you can just turn up on the day and buy a ticket for a day trip on the Scillonian. If there were early Saturday sailings and the weather was fine and the sea flat you might get more impulse day trippers if they could purchase their tickets at Penzance on the day. I live in mid Cornwall and it never seems worth the hour’s drive just for a short time on the islands but I would definitely be interested if I could stay for longer on a Saturday.

  6. J March 2, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Great. When will we see a price?

  7. Tracey March 2, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Brilliant news!

  8. John Hicks March 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    At last, some sense is creeping in. I am very pleased to see that as the tourism business is failing that the steamship has seen sense to encouraage more people who can now move to and fro on Sundays, surely this will help somewhat, all they have to do now is get some planes flying on a Sunday to cater for the mililions of families who do things together on Sundays. Sunday is the busiest day of the week on the mainland for people taking trips and jolly jaunts.