Jersey to welcome its largest number of cruise passengers
From Port of Jersey,
04 June 2019
Jersey is due to welcome its largest number of cruise passengers this Friday 07 June 2019, when MSC Orchestra makes its inaugural visit to the Island as part of a 10-night Northern Europe Cruise.
Just over 2,500 cruise passengers are expected to disembark on the Albert Pier pontoon as the cruise liner pays a half day visit to the Island, with many of the passengers having already opted to take a pre-booked excursion.
Despite not welcoming as many cruise liners to its shores as its sister island of Guernsey, Jersey does boast an excellent infrastructure in terms of the facilities and services available to visiting cruise ships. MSC Orchestra is due to go to anchor in St Aubin's Bay at approx. 7:30am and passengers will then be transferred to the Albert Pier by tenders. From there, many have opted to take advantage of several excursions available, including around the Island tours as well as visits to La Mare Wine Estate and Jersey War Tunnels. 16 private coaches have been arranged to facilitate the excursions.
According to Passenger Services Manager for Ports of Jersey, Maria Le Tiec, preparations for the visit are going well. She says, "We have been liaising closely with the cruise operators and our on-island agents for some time now to ensure a smooth transit at St Helier Port for the cruise ship and its passengers with our own dedicated Ports of Jersey staff personally meeting and greeting the visitors as they arrive. Furthermore, the area alongside the Albert Pier will be closed off to traffic to ensure there is enough space to accommodate all the coaches and we will also welcome some local artisans who will be displaying and selling their products on the quayside. Operationally wise these are larger numbers than we usually handle but we are well experienced in handling cruise visits so are confident their land arrangements will run smoothly and ultimately; their experience of Jersey will be memorable".
The 294-metre cruise ship, which currently accommodates up to 3,200 passengers and has a crew capacity of 987, is part of MSC Cruises and was built in 2007. Jersey is the cruise liner's first point of call as part of its 10-day Northern European Cruise itinerary, with other ports of call including Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Invergordon in Scotland. The passengers, who are principally from America and Europe will board and disembark the cruise ship in Hamburg, Germany.
The cruise ship is expected to make two further visits to Jersey during summer 2019; later in June as well as mid-July. Its visit, as always, will be subject to suitable weather and sea conditions on Friday.
Myra Shacklady from Ports of Jersey is responsible for the 'Cruise Jersey' product and sits on the Board of Cruise Britain, an organisation established to promote and market Britain as a cruise destination among global cruise operators. She comments, "As a port, Jersey may be small in its size compared to some destinations but makes up for it in abundance with its welcome and the services and facilities we provide to visiting cruise ships and their passengers. I am delighted that MSC Cruises has such confidence in Jersey as a cruise destination that it has already programmed a further two visits in for this summer. Hopefully, it will be impressed by what its cruise passengers experience and that this is only the start of what I'm sure will be a positive relationship with MSC Cruises in the future".