Heavy swell scuppers Falmouth cruise visit

Falmouth Packet: Heavy swell scuppers Falmouth cruise visit as passengers cannot come ashore Heavy swell scuppers Falmouth cruise visit as passengers cannot come ashore

More than 1,000 passengers were unable to disembark from the 65,000-ton cruise ship Marina this week as a heavy south easterly swell prevented their landing.

The ship was anchored close to Pendennis Point on Monday morning on a cruise call but, due to the swell, the ship’s and local tenders could not be safely deployed.

Instead, just a stone’s throw from shore, her mainly American and Canadian passengers could only catch a glimpse of Pendennis Castle.

The luxury vessel took on bunkers from the Cap Mejean bunkering tanker before sailing for Southampton.

Australian passengers aboard the Island Sky were more fortunate. The mega-yacht looking cruise ship berthed on County Wharf from where excursions were made to Trebah Gardens at Mawnan Smith and to St Michael’s Mount at Marazion.

The ship sailed late on Monday evening for Tresco on her Round Britain Cruise.

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5:12pm Fri 14 Jun 13

Teejay says...

Once again Cornwall looses out because a big ship full of wealthy tourists couldn't come alongside.
We need the port to be dredged!
Once again Cornwall looses out because a big ship full of wealthy tourists couldn't come alongside. We need the port to be dredged! Teejay
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10:07am Sat 15 Jun 13

Cornishman2 says...

Fact this ship only came to Falmouth for fuel, not a stopover. It could have come in to the shelter of estrury and disembarked passengers from shelter on the leeward side but this would have taken too much time unless staying for a week, it wasn't that rough because the refuelling was done in open water?
This ship would have been too big to have got alongside even if the Harbour was dredged?
Does any one in their right mind think that Falmouth port can be dredged deep anough to take such large ships.
Fact this ship only came to Falmouth for fuel, not a stopover. It could have come in to the shelter of estrury and disembarked passengers from shelter on the leeward side but this would have taken too much time unless staying for a week, it wasn't that rough because the refuelling was done in open water? This ship would have been too big to have got alongside even if the Harbour was dredged? Does any one in their right mind think that Falmouth port can be dredged deep anough to take such large ships. Cornishman2
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12:09pm Sat 15 Jun 13

victoriameldrew says...

Cornishman2 wrote:
Fact this ship only came to Falmouth for fuel, not a stopover. It could have come in to the shelter of estrury and disembarked passengers from shelter on the leeward side but this would have taken too much time unless staying for a week, it wasn't that rough because the refuelling was done in open water?
This ship would have been too big to have got alongside even if the Harbour was dredged?
Does any one in their right mind think that Falmouth port can be dredged deep anough to take such large ships.
your 'fact' is actually wrong - in fact this was a stop over for passengers to disembark - how do I know? A friend of mine was hoping to catch up with her brother and sister-in-law from America who were on board and couldn't - don't know where you got your 'fact' from.
[quote][p][bold]Cornishman2[/bold] wrote: Fact this ship only came to Falmouth for fuel, not a stopover. It could have come in to the shelter of estrury and disembarked passengers from shelter on the leeward side but this would have taken too much time unless staying for a week, it wasn't that rough because the refuelling was done in open water? This ship would have been too big to have got alongside even if the Harbour was dredged? Does any one in their right mind think that Falmouth port can be dredged deep anough to take such large ships.[/p][/quote]your 'fact' is actually wrong - in fact this was a stop over for passengers to disembark - how do I know? A friend of mine was hoping to catch up with her brother and sister-in-law from America who were on board and couldn't - don't know where you got your 'fact' from. victoriameldrew
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3:07pm Sat 15 Jun 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Perhaps they should have offered the passengers diving gear with which to leave the ship with, so that they could admire the 'merle' crusty old red seaweed and all the other junk down there.
Perhaps they should have offered the passengers diving gear with which to leave the ship with, so that they could admire the 'merle' crusty old red seaweed and all the other junk down there. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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10:12am Sun 16 Jun 13

Teejay says...

This ship could already come alongside, she was scheduled to do so last September but missed the high tide to enter port. It's the channel that needs dredging and yes of course it could be done if there was the collective will to do it. Just look at other tidal projects around the world like Dubai and Venice to see that dredging Falmouth harbour is, relatively speaking, a little bucket and spade job.
This ship could already come alongside, she was scheduled to do so last September but missed the high tide to enter port. It's the channel that needs dredging and yes of course it could be done if there was the collective will to do it. Just look at other tidal projects around the world like Dubai and Venice to see that dredging Falmouth harbour is, relatively speaking, a little bucket and spade job. Teejay
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11:06am Sun 16 Jun 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Ah, but did Dubai and Venice have pretty crusty red seaweed hovering at the bottom of the water waiting to be protected by the marine life supervisors.

Falmouth is just being left behind the rest of the world, and as such will miss out dramatically. Falmouth should have a link to and from the continent (France/Belgium etc) as well on a regular basis.
Stop stalling and start dredging.
Ah, but did Dubai and Venice have pretty crusty red seaweed hovering at the bottom of the water waiting to be protected by the marine life supervisors. Falmouth is just being left behind the rest of the world, and as such will miss out dramatically. Falmouth should have a link to and from the continent (France/Belgium etc) as well on a regular basis. Stop stalling and start dredging. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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