Cruise ships will finally return to Guernsey in April 2022

Nov 17, 2021

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It has been almost two years since cruise ships arrived in Guernsey. But the return of the all-important cruise industry is now set to occur in just a few months.

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On 14 April 2022, the German ship Hanseatic Spirit will kick off the first cruise season since the pandemic began at the popular British Isles destination when it enters Guernsey’s St Peter Port. The last call of the season is scheduled for 30 October with the visit of Nicko Cruises’ Vasco da Gama vessel.

Harbour and skyline of Saint Peter Port Guernsey (photo © Allard Schager for Getty Images)

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Coronavirus restrictions, as they have for so many industries, docked the cruise industry from the popular Channel Islands port. The absence of cruise tourism dealt a severe blow to the local Guernsey economy which in previous years benefited heavily from tourists visiting the area.

According to the local tourism arm, VisitGuernsey, Cruise ship traffic is expected to reach pre-pandemic levels next year, news which will certainly be welcomed by businesses on the island. Even before the coronavirus upended the global travel industry, Guernsey had spent the past five years working to make the second-largest Channel Island a more attractive port for cruise operators.

“We have invested heavily in our cruise infrastructure focusing on our welcome, disembarkation process and extensive and themed shore excursion that in turn have made us attractive to the leading international cruise lines,” according to Wendy Pedder, trade and media relations marketing manager at VisitGuernsey.

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Guernsey is a member of the B2B network of cruise ports known as Cruise Britain and is considered one of the best cruise ports. The unique island, located off the coast of Normandy, offers a fascinating variety of topography, scenery, trails and beaches, not to mention history that can be traced back thousands of years.

While most of its international diplomacy is handled by the British government, Guernsey is not part of the UK. However, it is part of the Common Travel Area (CTA) agreement between the UK and Ireland. Citizens of both countries can travel between the CTA freely, something to consider if you want to avoid the hassle of potential travel protocols related to the pandemic.

Featured image © Allard Schager for Getty Images

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