Scillonian Nominated In Travel Awards

scillonian June 2015The Steamship Company has missed out on an award for their Scillonian III ferry service.

They had been shortlisted in the Independent newspaper’s Travel Awards, alongside five other ferry operators.

The paper says the awards are designed to recognise companies that have gone the extra mile to ensure that our journeys are gratifying.

Winners were chosen based on reader votes and consideration by a panel of judges including adventurer Ben Fogle and Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler.

The Scillonian was pipped to the post by Scottish Islands’ operator Caledonian MacBrayne at tonight’s awards ceremony in London.

That was the company which was the focus of a report published by the Council in 2012 comparing the costs of travel in Scilly and the Highlands.

5 Responses to Scillonian Nominated In Travel Awards

  1. Adam Morton, St.Martins October 18, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Well there you have it! That’s at least four people not coming here . Its competitive pricing pure and simple! Unless the service is upgraded and more cost effective , The likes of IP are flogging a dying horse. Its no use labeling it an up market destination instead unless the local economy can support that. With higher costs ,higher standards will STILL be uncompetitive That bit of water between us and Cornwall takes £12m or so out of the economy that the mainland and Scottish islands don’t have to contend with!
    It is hopeless trying to convey the urgency of this to our Council and there is no other authority we can go to. So long as they get their salaries and jobs for their mates they simply don’t care! The thought of pooling our taxes for communal services for the greater good is a completely foreign concept to them! Delivering viability to outlying communities in the form transport ?Perish the thought! Next people would want fair planning policy instead of favouring those who already have!

  2. chris evans October 8, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Isnt that the company that has government subsidised fares, not like our life link, how can they judge on price

    • Robert Sanger October 15, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      I have recently come back from the Highlands and Islands off the west coast of Scotland and as usual travelled several times on Caledonian Macbrayne – “CalMac” – ferries and with my love and involvement for the Isles of Scilly I have for a long time failed to understand the lack of support from the U.K. government and EU support for the shipping services to the Isles of Scilly when compared with the position in Scotland.

      On this latest trip, one of the ferry crossings we made was on an impressive and very new vehicle and passenger ferry with a state of the art propulsion system operating on the 30 minutes crossing to the Isle of Raasay from the east coast of the Isle of Skye and particularly striking to me was a sign beside the car deck on which, under the flags of the EU and Scotland are the words” Europe and Scotland, European Regional Development Fund, Investing in your future”. The population of Raasay I believe to be no more than about 100 people. This ferry and another sister ship at present under construction at Fergusson’s Shipyard on the Clyde in Scotland for serving the small Isle of Gigha are built with EU and Scottish Government funding assistance. This was confirmed by the captain of the ferry who invited me onto the bridge during the crossing to Raasay.

      It is high time that a similar solution is found to enable the next generation of vital and long overdue shipping links to IOS to be financed, designed and built without any further delay. For anyone who is interested I took a photograph of this sign on the Calmac ferry and can supply it on request.

      • Adam Morton, St.Martins October 16, 2015 at 9:39 am

        We are told its because the SSco is profitable and so we fail the test!
        However there is evidence that it wont be sustainable in the diminishing returns from the visitor and other trades. Our Council chooses to turn a blind eye to this. Unfortunately its a case of having a profitable ferry rout OR a thriving economy. It seems we just have to wait for the obvious to occur!
        Meanwhile all our funding opportunities slip away to be frittered on less essential services so even after all the millions of EU and government funds invested in the County, it is still behind eastern Europe!
        In the grand old tradition stable door closing, when our esteemed leaders and stakeholders feel the light in their pockets, the funding will be finished !

      • Neil October 16, 2015 at 12:24 pm

        Fully agree with Robert. After many, many years visiting Scilly we went to the Outer Hebrides a couple of years ago with a motorhome. 5 ferry crossings for UNDER £300. (Oban-Barra, Barra-South Uist, North Uist to Skye. Skye to Lewis, Stornaway to Ullapool). Over 12 hours on a variety of ships, and the flexibilty of “turn up and go” as well. Now we know Scilly doesn;t need similar large vessels to take all types of vehicles, but these days is it not beyond the brain power of someone to get some support for Scilly crossings in the same way the Scottish Isles do.