Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines completed its first season of turnaround calls at A&P Falmouth last week, as the Boudicca sailed for Liverpool.
Fred. Olsen made its first turnaround call at A&P Falmouth in April this year and already over 1800 passengers have started their cruises in Falmouth. Fred. Olsen will now use the port for five cruise day calls during the summer season.
Cruise operators will now make 24 scheduled day calls at A&P Falmouth this summer and visitors will take advantage of a new and colourful cruise terminal space. A&P Falmouth is encouraging local businesses and traders to set up stalls within the terminal to create a market atmosphere and a real Cornish welcome, working alongside Falmouth’s cruise ambassadors, who celebrate their 10th anniversary later this summer.
Drystan Jones, Port Operations Director for A&P Falmouth, part of the A&P Group said: “Fred. Olsen’s decision to use Falmouth shows the advantages we offer here, such as enabling cruise liners to travel further south in less time than from other UK ports and providing an alternative boarding point for cruise lovers in the west.
“We’ve enjoyed a strong relationship with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines for some time and are delighted we can expect more day visits, particularly as they make such a valuable contribution to the Cornish economy. We’re really keen for local businesses to get involved and make this a community initiative.”
Richard Gates, Falmouth Town Manager said: “Cruise visitors have huge economic significance for Falmouth, with the average cruise day visitor spend estimated at £80-£100. It’s testament to A&P Falmouth’s facilities and client relationships that we’ll be able to welcome more holidaymakers to the area.”
Nathan Philpot, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We would like to thank A&P Falmouth and our guests in the South West for making our first cruise season from this convenient, regional port such a great success. It has opened up another important area of the UK cruise market to us, and we are extremely encouraged by the number of ‘new-to-cruise’ guests, in particular, that we have attracted to try a cruise with Fred.! We look forward to returning for our second cruise season in Spring 2017.”
A&P Group operates seven dry docks across three strategic locations in the UK and has a business in Australia that provides ship repair services and support to the Royal Australian Navy. All facilities combine a rich heritage of marine engineering skills and experience, providing ship owners and energy companies with all the precision skills needed to complete the most demanding projects.