Record number of cruise ships destined for Scilly in 2017
The Isles of Scilly, a tiny archipelago off the coast of Cornwall that is like nowhere else in England, is set to welcome a record number of cruise ships to its shores in 2017.
Some 70 cruise liners will visit this pocket-size island paradise between April and September, and visitors who come ashore will once again be offered a warm Scillonian welcome from Scilly’s volunteer Welcome Ambassadors. They dedicate themselves to helping visitors to the islands make the most of their time on Scilly, from discovering the main island of St. Mary’s or venturing further afield to one of the outlying islands for a truly authentic flavour of island life. The internationally-acclaimed Tresco Abbey Garden remains a major draw for all visitors who appreciate some of the 20,000 species of sub-tropical plants. Also on offer are exhilarating sea safaris around the islands to enjoy the many seabirds, colonies of seals and puffins, and coastal walks to appreciate the islands’ stunning natural environment and fascinating history.
Cruise ship passengers will also be given a wonderful taste of Scilly in 2017 as Local Produce and Craft markets, arranged to coincide with cruise ship arrivals, are hosted on the Quay and in the centre of Hugh Town close to our idyllic beaches. They’ll be able to taste, try and buy Scillonian wines and ales, handmade fudges, Scilly sea salt, island-caught shell fish and ice-creams from the islands’ tiny dairy farm, plus locally-made jewellery, clothing, beautiful fused-glass objets d’art and irresistible artistic creations and watercolours – all lovingly made by the sea by the islands’ residents and generations of families that cruise visitors will no doubt encounter on their brief stopover.
In 2016, the Isles of Scilly welcomed 48 cruise ships with a total of 16,500 passengers on board.
08 Feb 2017