Holiday makers to cruise into Ilfracombe once more

Posted on: 6 July 2016

Around 800 American holiday makers will be cruising into Ilfracombe next week as the MS Prinsendam comes to town again.

The 39,000 tonne cruise ship will be anchoring off the harbour at around 7.30am on Saturday 16 July for the day. Passengers will have the opportunity to go ashore and spend time soaking up the town’s unique atmosphere or enjoy excursions to the surrounding countryside. They will then set sail around 3pm heading for Portland.

It will be the third time the ship which is operated by Holland America, has visited the town. The last visit was last July.

Ilfracombe Harbourmaster, Lieutenant Commander Rob Lawson, said: “It’s great news for Ilfracombe that the MS Prinsendam is coming to visit again. The visit couldn’t have been timed better, there is so much going on in Ilfracombe that day, including ‘All Things Morris’ and the North Devon Street Food events – I’m sure the passengers will have a great time. I hope the regular visits will continue long into the future and that we are able to encourage others to come and see what we have to offer in the town and surrounding area.”

Chairman of the Ilfracombe Harbour Board, Councillor Ian Meadlarkin, said: “It’s very gratifying that Holland America have decided to visit Ilfracombe again. I hope it remains a regular event well into the future, not just with Holland America but with other cruise lines who are looking at cruises around the British Isles at the moment. Over the years, a great deal of work has gone into arranging the ship’s visit by our Harbour Master, which should be commended by the local community.”

The visit follows successful promotion by Destination South West, with support from the Harbourmaster and North Devon Council. Destination South West is a marketing partnership, which aims to increase the number of cruise ships that call at south west ports.

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