The ongoing uncertainty and priority to protect the health and safety of the Islands of Guernsey residents, and those that visit the island, lies behind the decision, cited VisitGuernsey.
‘The cruise sector is very important to the Islands of Guernsey and to our tourism industry, and this is not a decision taken lightly,’ noted Wendy Pedder, marketing manager, VisitGuernsey.
Consultation with Public Healh
She continued, ‘but following consultation with Public Health, and due to the extensive operational and logistical requirements and plans necessary to ensure a safe experience for passengers, crew and residents we have taken the proactive decision to cancel the programme for this year and to focus our efforts on the 2022 cruise programme.’
Cruise Britain said, ‘the health and safety of residents, passengers and crew in the context of limited on-island infrastructure must take priority. Guernsey remains an integral part of the wider British cruise product and we all look forward to cruise calls resuming for the 2022 season.’
In 2019, the last full cruise season Guernsey, welcomed 79 ships and 115,000 passengers. Cruise ships anchor outside of the harbour at St. Peter Port a 10 to 20 minute ride by tender into the town.