Guernsey UK bans cruise ships through 2022

   March 4, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

UK's Guernsey Island (a British Crown Dependency in the Channel Islands) will not accept any cruise ship calls in 2021 due to the ongoing health crisis.

VisitGuernsey announced that due to "the ongoing uncertainty and priority to protect the health and safety of the islands of Guernsey residents, and those that visit the island," the decision had to be made that Guernsey would not be in a position to accept cruise ship visits for the 2021 season.

According to Wendy Pedder (VisitGuernsey's marketing manager), the cruise shipping industry was very important to Guernsey and its tourism industry, so that was not a decision taken lightly.

Guernsey Island (St Peter Port, Channel Islands UK)

“But following consultation with Public Health, and due to the extensive operational and logistical requirements and plans necessary to ensure a safe experience for passengers, crew and residents, we have taken the proactive decision to cancel the programme for this year and to focus our efforts on the 2022 cruise programme.

“We would like to thank the cruise industry for their understanding and support, and we look forward to working with them towards a successful and safe 2022 season.”

UK's Channel Islands are often visited on cruises around Britain so it is likely to be a setback for those planning to sail closer to home when voyages resume this summer.