Islands’ Partnership Seeking Cruise Ship Ambassadors

minerva cruise ship and harbourIf you’re passionate and knowledgeable about Scilly, articulate and friendly, then the Islands’ Partnership would like to hear from you!

The Islands’ Partnership is looking to recruit a number of volunteer ambassadors to support Scilly’s cruise ship ‘Meet & Greet’ Programme.

IP Tourism Coordinator Amanda Pender, says they’ll work with the IP team to welcome passengers to Scilly, both onboard visiting cruise ships – usually early morning – and provide on shore support, for passengers disembarking at St Mary’s Quay.

With 46 cruise ships and 17,000 passengers expected this season, ambassadors would need to be available on both weekdays and occasional weekends between 8th April and 19th September.

Once recruited, the volunteers can select the days and dates that suit them best.

“We’re looking for ambassadors who are knowledgeable and well versed in a range of subject areas such as life on Scilly, walking routes, and information relating to local businesses,” says Amanda, who is leading the recruitment drive.

“But above all, they need to appreciate the importance of the visitor experience and be an enthusiastic advocate for Scilly.”

All volunteer ambassadors will get appropriate training and an informal ‘Isles of Scilly’ branded uniform will be provided.

Amanda says the IP, alongside the Duchy of Cornwall, Tresco Island and the locally-based ships’ agent are dedicated to supporting both the expansion of the cruise ship industry and ensuring that all visiting passengers enjoy an exceptional island experience.

Last year, the Isles of Scilly celebrated its best ever year for visiting cruise ships.

The islands are now the most popular cruise destination anywhere in the southwest of England – outdoing Dartmouth, Falmouth and other popular ports.

Amanda says the arrival of cruises on Scilly has become a staple part of the islands’ tourism economy, extending opportunities to many sectors of our community.

To learn more about the volunteer Cruise Ship Ambassador programme, please contact Amanda Pender on 01720 424036 or email her on amandapender@islandspartnership.co.uk