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First two cruise ships of the year cancelled

The first two cruise ships scheduled to stop at the Isles of Scilly this year have been cancelled.

MS Astoria And Marco Polo in St Mary's Roads by Scilly Pictorial

The Astoria and Marco Polo were due to visit St Mary's and Tresco on Tuesday (April 2nd), bringing a combined passenger tally of 3,350. However, a weather forecast of hail showers and strong north westerly winds has resulted in a change of plan.

Approximately 56 more cruise ships are expected throughout the season, with the number of passengers per vessel ranging from 1,300 to 2,100.

The total number of cruise ships is down from 65 scheduled last year and 75 in 2017.

The first three cruise ships were cancelled last year due to the weather.

The Islands' Partnership said: "Our colleague Maggie Wagstaff helps to co-ordinate a team of volunteer ambassadors who go aboard the ships as well as welcoming passengers ashore on St Mary's quay, advising them of places to visit during their time on our islands.

"This is an invaluable service which continues to be appreciated by the 15,000+ passengers that come ashore. A big thank you as ever to all our wonderful volunteers who do such a fantastic job throughout the season."


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