Princess Cruises cruise ship, the 144,000 ton Enchanted Princess, will make an unscheduled cruise stop here next Monday.
The mega cruise ship will anchor in the bay due to its enormous size, from where passengers will be ferried ashore to the county dock. The forecast forecast for Monday announces light northerly winds but the burning question is whether or not there will be a residual easterly swell to hamper the operation or even cancel it.
The 144,000 ton giant is one of six “royal class” ships built in Italy. At 330 meters long, it will be the largest cruise ship to anchor off Falmouth. Major cruise lines normally resist tenders as the logistics involved and the time required to move passengers can be a nightmare for the ship to coordinate and sail on time, especially if coach excursions are delayed by traffic.
It is not known how many passengers are on board, but the ship has a capacity of 3,600 and 1,400 crew. Most companies are limiting the number of passengers due to Covid. Princess has a strict health protocol in place, with all crew and passengers being vaccinated and regular testing being carried out.
The £600million ship is currently on its ‘Copenhagen to Southampton’ cruise. Her penultimate port was the Port of Portland, but this was cancelled, with the ship now rescheduled for Falmouth.
Falmouth Business Improvement District (BID) manager Richard Wilcox described it as a “very positive move”, adding: “It should provide a significant business boost to add to the [bank holiday] weekend.
“There will be a lot of work behind the scenes, as there always is, to ensure we provide a fantastic welcome and experience in Falmouth for everyone.”
He said the ship is expected to anchor around 7 a.m. and leave around 6 p.m., with the first passengers likely to arrive in town from 8.30 a.m., although he stressed the visit was weather-dependent.
Onboard facilities include mini-golf, sports court, casino, several swimming pools, restaurants and onboard entertainment.
The Cruise Critic website gives the ship a five-star rating for entertainment, saying, “Most days, Enchanted Princess’ vibrant multi-level Piazza serves as the hub of activity. In the morning, guests gather at the International Cafe for coffee and snacks and a pleasant chat with fellow passengers. During the day you might hear some light music, like a steel band or a musical trio, and it continues into the evening.
“The other hot spot of the day is Princess Live, a large hall with a stage and a video screen. During the day you can enjoy dance lessons or take part in quiz sessions. Enchanted Princess also offers a good range of enrichment conferences, and many are hosted here.”
Enchanted Princess entered service in 2021 when Princess Cruises Commodore Nick Nash, originally from Cornwall, took command of the ship from Italian shipyard Fincantieri.
Living near Penzance, Captain Nick Nash joined Princess Cruises in 1989 and has since commanded more than half of the ships in the line’s fleet, including the 3,560-passenger Royal Princess which he currently captains.
He was promoted to staff captain in 1997 and captain in 2002 and served as fleet captain in 2014 and 2015. He was named president of the Nautical Institute in 2018, pledging to help in his efforts to improve ship handling standards, as well as navigation. bridge resource management. He was awarded the United Kingdom’s Merchant Navy Medal for meritorious service.