Scilly’s Set To Have A Record Year For Cruise Ships In 2014

minerva cruise ship and harbourNext season will see the greatest number of cruise ships coming to Scilly.

42 separate visits have already been confirmed and the he season will start on April 2nd with the arrival of the Discovery.

The last booked boat is the Hanseatic on September 17th.

St Mary’s Harbourmaster Dale Clark says it’s a fantastic number and means Scilly will be the busiest calling port in the south west.

He thinks it’s important for tourism because passengers who sample Scilly on a cruise often return for a longer break on their own or with family.

Tour buses and town centre shops gain extra income from the influx of passengers on a cruise ship day, says Dale, and he feels there’s scope for other island businesses to benefit too.

Last year Robert Francis was successful in selling shellfish to cruise ship chefs.

Dale says other local producers and even flower farmers could find a market on board the visiting vessels and he’d like vendors to get in touch with him or the cruise agent Gerald

This year there were calls from some off-island businesses, notably on Bryher, for a greater share of the cruise market.

Where passengers go is up to the cruise directors, says Dale, but there will be more off-island visits in 2014.

The Serenissima will be staying overnight on two visits and passengers are being offered trips to St Martin’s, Bryher and St Agnes.