Record-Breaking Year On The Cards For Cruise Visits In Scilly
St Mary’s Harbourmaster Dale Clark says they already have 48 tentative bookings, more than at this time last year.
In 2015, there were 43 visits by cruise ships with over 18,000 passengers.
And while the final list is likely to change, he says he doesn’t expect that number to drop significantly.
In fact, he says more visits could be added with the potential for a few new ships to make a stop in the islands.
The list of dates has been sent out to food, transport and activity providers to allow them to prepare for the passengers and to pick up on any problems with the tides.
Dale says the cruise ship business has been increasing year-on-year in Scilly, which is a fantastic achievement at a time when Visit South West are warning that the market is levelling out or falling elsewhere in the region.
Last year, Falmouth saw a decrease in the number of ships visiting.
Dale says Scilly’s location “sells itself” and is also good value for cruise operators.
But he says our success is also because everyone on the islands does a huge amount of work to make sure that the visits go as smoothly as possible and that the passengers enjoy their time here.
And there could be another record broken on 12th July.
That’s when three ships, Magellan, Minerva and Corinthian, will be mooring with 1,600 passengers in total and potentially the largest number arriving on the islands in a single day.