Steamship Company Cuts Fares For Sunday Sailings

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Sunday the 7th July sees the start of ten weeks of Sunday sailings by the Scillonian III.

And the Steamship Company’s Commercial Manager, Nick Sanders, says he’s pleased with how well bookings have been going so far.

The ship will depart Penzance at 10.30am on Sundays, returning at 3pm from St Mary’s, so it’s not really aimed at day-trippers.

And Nick says it’s too early yet to see if it’s visitors or islanders who will be making most use of the service.

Sunday is not a traditional changeover day for the islands, although hotels tend not to have that restriction on guests. It could be a sign of things to come if the Council follow the recommendations of their airport consultants and open that for flying on Sundays too.

Nick says there was a huge amount of work needed to arrange the new sailings.

They had to ensure that the carriers could handle luggage on a traditional rest day and there won’t be any freight carried over because of the quick turnaround.

They also had to negotiate with their own staff to make sure they were happy to work on Sunday and that they were legal with employment hours.

Nick says people across the business have been hugely supportive.

There will be a number of factors that show how successful the sailings have been, says Nick, and they’ll review their plans for next year this autumn.

And one unexpected benefit – for the first time in recent memory, the islands will get Sunday newspapers, albeit for just 10 weeks.

To celebrate the launch of the Sunday sailings, the Steamship Company are offering half price travel for passengers on all new bookings made from Monday 1st July 2013 for Sunday crossings to and from the Isles of Scilly.

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