A new Cruise Pembrokeshire partnership has been established to develop the Cruise offer at the ports of Milford Haven, Pembroke Port and Fishguard.
Pembrokeshire has been welcoming Cruise ships since 2006 at Milford Haven, Pembroke Port and, more recently, into the Port of Fishguard. The number of passengers welcomed has grown from a modest 1,870 in 2007 to a much more respectable 4,680 in 2012.
While this represents a buoyant increase of 250% since 2006, there is significant scope for more. Both Milford Haven and Fishguard are deep water ports with good tidal access and being located in one of Britain’s finest coastal areas with a great choice of excursion options should prove to be a very attractive option for cruise ship operators.
The lack of alongside berthing for anything larger than expedition class ships, however, has limited the number of calls but that may change in the future with developments planned for both Fishguard and Milford Haven. There is a real possibility of being able to attract large cruise liners bringing 2,000 passenger and more to our shores in the foreseeable future.
Gearing up on-shore facilities and excursion options to meet future needs will be the main objective for the partners, which includes Pembrokeshire County Council, Milford Haven Port Authority, Stena and the newly formed Pembrokeshire Tourist Guides Association.
Alan Turner, Tourism Marketing & Development Manager for Pembrokeshire County Council thinks there is a great deal of potential for attracting bigger cruise ships: “Pembrokeshire is quickly gaining recognition as an attractive destination for both UK and international visitors. This was highlighted recently when National Geographic magazine rated it the second best coastal destination in the world”.
Helen Williams from the Pembrokeshire Tourist Guides Association said: The PTGA continues to develop as the recognised source of tourist guides in Pembrokeshire. As locally based guides we welcome cruise ship visitors with pride and look forward to numbers increasing in the future.