AFTER an 18 month absence, Falmouth Cruise Ship Ambassadors have returned to the port docks to welcome passengers to the town.

A&P Falmouth says it has seen an increasingly busy period at the international cruise terminal as the demand for domestic cruises has risen.

Phil Boddy, from Falmouth Cruise Ship Ambassadors, said they are delighted to be back: “It’s been wonderful to get back.

"As a team we’ve met regularly during lockdown via Zoom and had a couple of outside social events this Spring and Summer. But nothing beats the actual face to face contact with the cruise ship passengers, which is of course our raison d’être .

"The feedback from passengers was heart-warming with many lovely compliments for a job well done. Everyone - cruise ship ambassadors and passengers alike - just want to get back to some form of normality and this weekend has been a huge step forward in achieving that aim”.

The team is made up of a group of dedicated volunteers with detailed knowledge and a passion for the local area which is appreciated by passengers as they step ashore.

Established in 2006 by a local group of just six residents, fifteen years later they are now 35 strong and have gained a world wide reputation.

The volunteer group consists of mainly retired men and women all with a passion for Falmouth and Cornwall and keen to share the beautiful region they live in with the thousands of cruise ship passengers who visit each year.