Successful Visit For Largest Cruise Ship To Date

The Magellan. Photo by Robin Mawer.

The Magellan. Photo by Robin Mawer.

The visit yesterday of the largest cruise ship to come to Scilly is being hailed a success.

St Mary’s Harbourmaster Dale Clark says that detailed planning and close teamwork paid off as around 1,100 passengers of the Magellan came ashore.

Dale says it was a “win win situation” for the islands with plenty of tourists coming ashore who could be potential return visitors in the future.

He was full of praise for the Islands’ Partnership team, Mair Allen-Williams and Alan Davis, who went on board to distribute goody bags and to offer information.

They were packed in advance by Alice Chuter and Annie Lethbridge and there was one bag between two passengers, with a total of 600 prepared.

The tourism team has more than 4,000 bags to pack before the season is out.

Passengers that we spoke with were also impressed by Maggie Wagstaff, who was stationed on the quay as a ‘meet and greet’ ambassador to help with directions, answering questions and to give out maps.

Dale says he was nervous about the numbers of passengers expected because the largest vessel they normally accept has less than 1,000 travellers on board.

And despite the smooth running of the visit, Dale says they won’t encourage cruise ships which are much larger than Magellan because he feels there’s a limit to what the islands can cope with while still providing the passengers with an enjoyable experience.

As part of the joined-up effort, the IP advised their member businesses about the numbers so food outlets could prepare for the demand and extra staff were brought in at the TIC.

The camera obscura on Buzza Hill also agreed to open earlier than usual at 10am.

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