Cruise Ship Passengers To Get Extra Care This Year

minerva cruise ship and harbourThe first cruise ship of the season will be visiting Scilly today.

And the Islands’ Partnership is making sure the 609 visitors on the MV Discovery have all the information they need to enjoy the islands.

Manager Amander Pender says they’ve created special packs for the passengers, which they’re handing out for the first time.

They’ve previously given out postcards but Amanda says they’ve “ramped it up” this year, in recognition of how important cruise passengers are for the islands’ tourism economy.

The specially branded bags will contain information on local businesses and wildlife, a copy of the Little Scilly Food Directory, maps and feedback forms.

They’ll also receive a copy of the new brochure to browse as they sail to their next destination.

Amanda says that’s important because all the evidence shows people who arrive on cruise ships tend to return for longer periods later.

“We want them to feel appreciated and loved, and to come back,” says Amanda.

The Partnership is looking into providing similar information for visitors who arrive by other modes of transport.

Harbourmaster Dale Clark, who coordinates the visits by the cruise ships, says the majority of the passengers on board today are British.

A second ship, the MS Serenissima, had been scheduled to visit at the same time, but there was a mix up with the itinerary. It’s currently in the Adriatic, says Dale.

Forty ships are expected to stop over in the islands this year, making us the largest cruise destination in South West England.

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