Harbour Master Dale Clark is preparing for a busy summer on the Isles of Scilly, as St Mary's Quay becomes the most popular cruise ship calling port in the South-West of England.Forty one cruise ships are expected to visit the islands this year, the highest figure ever recorded on Scilly and a bigger number than is expected even at Falmouth.
2014 also marks the first ever visit from cruise company P&O after the Adonia passed through the Isles of Scilly on May 1st. The largest vessel to visit this year will be Prinsendam which, at just less than 40,000 tonnes, will be the second largest cruise ship ever to call at the port of St Mary's.
Harbour Master Dale Clark has worked at St Mary's Quay for four years and along with his colleagues Alan Hartwell, Michael Shave and Mark Jones they are responsible for the management and day to day running of St. Mary’s Harbour. Dale said: "The number of visiting cruise ships to the Islands has been increasing over the past 5 years or so and is becoming important to the Islands economy. The Islands are a huge hit with all the passengers and we are keen to ensure that they sample the best that Scilly has to offer during their short visit with the hope that some will return for a longer, relaxing holiday."
View from the shore, Isles of Scilly
The Isles of Scilly are a beautiful group of over 200 islands and rocks located 28 miles from Cornwall. The islands are particularly popular during the long summer season when approximately 100,000 visitors come to enjoy the scenery, beaches and gardens, as well as the many activities on offer.
Only five of the islands are inhabited (St Mary’s, Tresco, St Martin’s, St Agnes and Bryher) and tourism is the most important industry – accounting for more than 85 per cent of the local economy and employing more than 70 per cent of the islands' population.
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