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Positive cruise season, with high hopes for 2019 too

Positive cruise season, with high hopes for 2019 too

Monday 31 December 2018

Positive cruise season, with high hopes for 2019 too

Despite Guernsey winning another accolade for its attraction to cruise tourists during 2018, fewer boats are scheduled to visit during 2019.

However, those which are booked to drop anchor outside St Peter Port Harbour are on the larger side with the 4,300-capacity MSC Preziosa and 2,500-capacity Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas among those scheduled to visit.

In total, 91 ships are currently booked to visit Guernsey during 2019, which is down from the 105 scheduled for 2018 and the 117 scheduled for 2017.

They didn't all visit the Bailiwick though, as the weather meant some had to be cancelled.

The cruise industry continues to provide a boost to Guernsey's tourism industry with the island recently winning the title of ‘Best UK / British Isles Port of Call’ at the 2018 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards. It's the third time VisitGuernsey had won the award in four years.

VisitGuernsey said the award "acknowledges the beauty and charm of Guernsey’s St Peter Port, the warm welcome offered by the people of Guernsey and also the infrastructure developments that have taken place over the last year, including the improvement of the tendering and disembarkation process and the creation of unique and innovative shore excursion products that maximize shore time."

David Barker, Harbour Master said, “It is tremendous news that Guernsey has won this award for the third time, and clear recognition of what is a really strong team effort. My staff and I work very closely with VisitGuernsey to make sure that these visits go smoothly, and to work out how we can continue to improve the guests’ experience. We have a uniquely beautiful island and harbour and it is great to see them appreciated by such a global audience. We are, of course, aware of the challenges of hosting several thousand extra visitors in a single day. These challenges have however been met with supportive enthusiasm, and I would like to thank all involved and islanders for extending such a warm Guernsey welcome to our international guests.”

Pictured: A cruise liner on a previous visit to Guernsey.

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