Guernsey wins prestigious cruise award
Guernsey has been named the ‘Best UK/British Isles Port of Call’ for the third time four years.
The award, which is part of the Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards, acknowledged the beauty and charm of St Peter Port, and the ‘warm welcome’ offered by islanders.
VisitGuernsey says it has focused on the cruise market over recent years, and has already arranged 91 calls for 2019.
Editor for Cruise Critic, Adam Coulter, says:
‘You’d be hard-pressed to find any British Isles port of call that goes as far as Guernsey to welcome cruise passengers.
‘Thoughtful improvements are constantly made and feature parasols on the pier for hot or rainy weather, an army of helpers directing passengers towards the town, staggering tour times to avoid overcrowding, dredging the harbour and even a new section for disabled passengers to wait.’
Extra shade and cover has recently been provided for those who are waiting and the Meet and Greet system, which sees VisitGuernsey staff welcoming passengers ashore, has been enhanced over the past year.
It’s understood further improvements are planned for next year, to allow multiple tenders to dock simultaneously.
Harbour Master, David Barker, says:
‘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.’