Latest News from FCSA together with useful information from in and around Falmouth (voted in 2014 by Sunday Times readers as the fourth most desirable town to live in Great Britain

 

February 2018

At our meeting on 10th February we were delighted to present our cheque for £200 to our local RNLI branch towards their current appeal for an extension to their lifeboat station. The money was raised from the raffle at our 2017 Christmas Dinner held at the Greenback Hotel, Falmouth

 

 

August 2014

 

Falmouth Cruise Ship Ambassadors walk in the Falmouth Carnival on Saturday 9th August. It was the first time we had entered the carnival and a great time was had by all. By tradition the carnival is the first event in Falmouth Week - a nine day annual festival celebrating Falmouth and the sea. For full details see : http://src.falmouthweek.co.uk

 

  

 

March 2014 - Falmouth Harbour moves a step closer to being dredged

 

Falmouth Harbour dredging will not affect wildlife. That's the result of a scientific trial which concludes dredging Falmouth Harbour can be carried out without affecting local ecology.

Harbour bosses want to dredge a channel to allow more cruise ships access but there are concerns fishing beds and a rare algae, maerl, would be damaged. However harbour authorities said a trial dredge saw a top layer of maerl scraped away, re-laid and successfully re-colonised.

But some local fishermen said they still had concerns about the dredging process. Maerl is a calcified seaweed that exists in only a few coastal areas. It acts as a nursery for commercial fish stocks.

However harbour bosses said the dredging trials showed that, after 44 weeks, the maerl habitat had been re-colonised.

Dredging is needed because cruise ship visits could be under threat as the port was becoming too shallow for bigger ships.

Harbourmaster Mark Sampson said: "Ships are getting larger and ports can outlive their usefulness unless they can improve." He said the data would be passed on to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to consider whether to allow full scale dredging.

 

Falmouth Town Shuttle Bus


Single Journey Ticket £1.00
All Day Ticket £2.00
Child £50p
Concessions (Bus Pass) Free. 


 

Heritage Bus


Adults £3.50
Child £2.50
Hop On/Hop Off all day ticket
Bus Passes can not be used on this service



FCSA 2014 "Welcome Packs"


In 2013 we launched our "Welcome Packs".They were designed and produced entirely by us to promote local shops and eateries and handed out to every foot passenger and crew member going into town as they came off ship.

As anticipated they proved very popular and we've had no hesitation in producing them again this year - in fact the support and demand from local traders to be included in the packs has been even greater than last year and needless to say we're delighted at just how well they've been received.


Here is a complete list of the businesses advertising in this year's pack:


ANNIE'S KITCHEN / BOW FASHION ACCESSORIES / CAVENDISH COFFEE HOUSE / CORNISH STORE / DE WYNNS TEA & COFFEE SHOP / FAL RIVER CORNWALL / FALMOUTH ART GALLERY / FALMOUTH HOTEL / FIRE KITCHEN / FUEL CAFE LOUNGE BAR / GYLLY BEACH CAFÉ / HALZEPHRON HERB FARM / JUST LIKE THIS / MARINE GALLERY / NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM CORNWALL / OCEAN BOWL,FALMOUTH / OGGY OGGY  PASTIES / PORTERS OF FALMOUTH / RICK STEIN'S FISH / ROLY'S FUDGE PANTRY / SWEET PEA & BETTY / THE GRAPES / W C ROWE (FALMOUTH) LTD / W WEARNE & SON / WILD FLOWERS BAKERY / WILKINSON, FALMOUTH


If you would like to be included in the 2015 packs please get in touch. Our contact details are shown at the foot of our Home page


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Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta

Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st August 2014


Up to 50 ships are expected to be in port for this spectacular event.

Keep up to date on: www.falmouthtallships.co.uk


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2013 Cruise Call Statistics



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September 2013

The Ambassadors bid farewell to Falmouth's Senior Pilot David Barnicoat as he pilots his last ship Seabourn Pride out of port upon his retirement 14th September following 37 years service (during which time he piloted in excess of 14000 ships!)


  


Presentation of the Falmouth Port Crest on 1st September by Mike Reynolds, A&P Falmouth to Captain Philip Rentell, Master of Saga Sapphire



Ambassadors tour german cruise ship AIDAcara August 2013



May 2013 - FCSA "Welcome to Falmouth" Bags


Our "Welcome to Falmouth" bags were launched during the first week of May and have already become a resounding success, attracting much publicity in the local press. This is a new innovation for us and we're delighted by it's immediate take up and success. As passengers disembark and head for the town they are handed a "Welcome to Falmouth" bag containing not only an essential town map but also a variety of leaflets from local shops & traders, many of whom offer enticing discounts to shop in their particular store. We are indebted to the following local businesses for their support and encouragement in this project:


5 DEGREES WEST BAR & GRILL / BESIDE THE WAVE GALLERY / BOW FASHIONS ACCESSORIES / THE CORNISH STORE / FALMOUTH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & TRADE / FALMOUTH PACKET NEWSPAPER / FUEL EAT & DRINK / THE GRAPES FALMOUTH / GYLLY BEACH CAFÉ / HAWKSHEAD FAMILY OUTDOOR OUTFITTERS / NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM CORNWALL / PASTY PRESTO / RICK STEINS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT / THE ROYAL DUCHY HOTEL / SEASALT CORNWALL / SWEETPEA & BETTY / TRAGO MILLS / WEARNES JEWELLERS / ZIZZI RISTORANTE


May 2013 - Bad weather brings unexpected but welcome passengers to Falmouth


Due to gale force winds two ships diverted to Falmouth from their scheduled calls at St Marys, Isles of Scilly.

On Wednesday 8th May mv Astor with 488 german passengers arrived at 07.00 hrs and spent a very enjoyable day visiting the town and county and sailed at 16.00 hrs for Portland,Dorset

And the following day 9th May the very small ship Ocean Nova on charter with Noble Caledonia arrived at 06.30 hrs with 71 mainly british passengers. After returning from county tours many went into town to not only visit the shops but also take meals in several of the local restaurants. She sailed at 21.00hrs for Plymouth where the cruise ended and passengers disembarked for home.


Emerald Princess - Tuesday 7th May 2103


As the queue waiting for the tenders diminished we came across Marion Ross, a very famous lady of American TV fame. She and her co-stars from the American sitcom "Happy Days" were godparents to the ship (i.e. they named her in Athens,Greece back in 2007) and still enjoy special status whenever they travel on her. She was a charming lady, very unassuming and said that she had enjoyed her brief visit here enormously. Here's a write up from the Princess Cruise's website of that day back in May 2007. Marion is the lady dressed in yellow.


Florence Henderson, Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Susan Olsen – Emerald Princess®

May 13, 2007 Athens (Piraeus), Greece



To christen Emerald Princess, the company reunited some of television’s most famous mothers and daughters to serve as the ship’ godmothers. The selection was especially fitting because the festivities took place in Greece, which was the birthplace of the Mother’ Day holiday.

The famous mother/daughter duos included Florence Henderson, who played “Carol Brady” on The Brady Bunch, and her TV daughter Susan Olsen, aka “Cindy Brady,” and Marion Ross, the beloved “Marion Cunningham” from the international hit, Happy Days, and her TV daughter, Erin Moran, aka “Joanie Cunningham.” The naming of Emerald Princess took place on a warm afternoon followed by a blessing by Greek Orthodox priest and a colorful performance by traditional Greek dancers. The godmothers, who hadn’t seen each other in some time, enjoyed re-acquainting themselves with their TV families.


New attractions to see in Falmouth during 2013!


Routemaster Bus


London Routemaster Red Bus - All Aboard!


The Lizard Stallions


The Lizard Stallions


Oceania Cruises’ Marina is greeted by the Falmouth Cruise Ship Ambassadors, a winning team


On the day Falmouth expected Oceania Cruises’ Marina to come alongside - making it the largest ship to dock in this picturesque town in Cornwall - the Falmouth Cruise Ship Ambassadors were out in force.

Things did not going quite according to plan on September 11, with the ship anchoring instead in Falmouth Bay, a 20-minute tender ride from the port. This did not stop the welcome given to those passengers eager to visit this south-western corner of the UK even though time ashore was limited. Marina was due in Dover the next day on turnaround and has some distance to travel.

Falmouth has a total of 34 calls (24,486 passengers) this year (45 calls and 24,349 passengers next) and on each the Ambassadors, easily spotted in their pale blue tops. They are on the quayside, in the shuttle buses and around the town giving advice, handing out specially-prepared maps for cruise visitors, as well as leaflets to all those venturing ashore.

In the case of Marina and two other ships calling this year, an Ambassadors’ desk was set up on board. Jo Walker and Phil Boddy were doing an excellent job answering passengers’ questions while we waited for the tenders and hence setting us up to head straight into Falmouth without stopping at the quayside kiosk.

For the larger ships, shuttle buses are provided to drop passengers at the far end of town so they can walk back along the main street towards the ship/tenders at County Wharf. Close to the National Maritime Museum - opened in 2003 and well worth a visit - the shuttles are on hand to take passengers the short ride back to the wharf. For the smaller ships a shuttle is provided to this end of town.

Two of the buses are vintage, one built in 1955, and a particular hit with my American fellow travellers. While many of us enjoyed what Falmouth has to offer - including Pendennis Castle and the classic Cornish pasty - others took tours to St Ives, St Michael’s Mount and beyond. An independent hop on/hop off shuttle bus that goes around town on a virtually continuous loop and costs just £1 (or E1) for a daily ticket is a great way of getting about.

Set up in June 2006, the Ambassadors is a voluntary organisation which has since won a number of awards including the national and west of England tourism awards. Keith Collings, a retired butcher, tells me: “We are here to help and promote Falmouth. We are not here to sell.”


2012 Passenger/Crew Statistics


Date

 

Ship

 

W/B

 

HIP

 

Passengers

 

Crew

 

FCSA am

 

FCSA pm

 

Tours

 

Shuttles

 

Short

 

Long

 

Foot

 

NMMC

 

120412

 

Arion

 

                       

190412

 

Grand Princess

 

B

 

9

 

2468

 

1100

 

13

 

12

 

29

 

6

 

 

X

 

1049

 

63

 

190412

 

Saga Pearl 2

 

W

 

8

 

336

 

260

 

8

 

8

 

4

 

1

 

X

 

 

355

 

75

 

230412

 

Arion

 

                       

280412

 

Quest

 

W

 

36

 

20

 

25

 

4

 

4

 

 

1

 

X

 

 

30

 

16

 

60512

 

Emerald Princess

 

B

 

10

 

300

 

1178

 

15

 

14

 

35

 

5

 

 

X

 

1453

 

53

 

90512

 

Quest

 

W

 

33.5

 

33

 

25

 

9

 

8

 

2

 

1

 

X

 

     

90512

 

Azamara Journey

 

W

 

9.5

 

559

 

390

 

   

2

 

2

 

   

400

 

64

 

270512

 

Seabourn Pride

 

W

 

10

 

190

 

100

 

11

 

6

 

2

 

1

 

X

 

 

238

 

13

 

310512

 

Delphin

 

W

 

10

 

322

 

234

 

 

14

 

5

 

1

 

X

 

 

347

 

4

 

40612

 

SS Voyager

 

W

 

11

 

650

 

445

 

14

 

9

 

16

 

1

 

X

 

 

278

 

16

 

50612

 

Athena

 

W

 

24

 

466

 

260

 

8

 

3

 

5

 

1

 

X

 

 

250

 

45

 

60612

 

Athena

 

W

 

11.5

 

   

11

 

10

 

5

 

1

 

X

 

 

390

 

29

 

130612

 

AIDAcara

 

W

 

11.5

 

1151

 

376

 

10

 

10

 

13

 

2

 

X

 

 

612

 

13

 

300612

 

Saga Sapphire

 

B

 

9

 

693

 

400

 

15

 

11

 

6

 

1

 

X

 

 

585

 

35

 

210712

 

Nautica

 

W

 

9

 

664

 

386

 

13

 

9

 

10

 

2

 

X

 

 

506

 

42

 

260712

 

Quest for Adventure

 

W

 

11.5

 

429

 

260

 

11

 

9

 

5

 

3

 

X

 

 

676

 

50

 

260712

 

Saga Ruby

 

B

 

7

 

543

 

380

 

   

5

 

 

X

 

     

280712

 

Minerva

 

W

 

20.5

 

300

 

170

 

9

 

6

 

7

 

1

 

X

 

 

273

 

34

 

60812

 

Astor

 

W

 

12

 

473

 

300

 

15

 

11

 

10

 

1

 

X

 

 

294

 

0

 

150812

 

Discovery/LeDaimant

 

WX2

 

12

 

846

 

490

 

6

 

5

 

6

 

4

 

X

 

 

809

 

114

 

170812

 

AIDAcara

 

W

 

11

 

1265

 

376

 

12

 

8

 

18

 

2

 

X

 

 

696

 

41

 

260812

 

Caribbean Princess

 

B

 

10

 

2930

 

1136

 

21

 

18

 

36

 

6

 

 

X

 

1724

 

44

 

270812

 

Le Diamant

 

W

 

9

 

173

 

140

 

11

 

11

 

0

 

1

 

X

 

 

164

 

55

 

280812

 

Princess Daphne

 

B

 

6

 

422

 

240

 

13

 

 

6

 

1

 

X

 

 

50

 

0

 

310812

 

Delphin

 

W

 

8.25

 

438

 

234

 

14

 

 

6

 

1

 

X

 

 

219

 

15

 

60912

 

Princess Daphne

 

W

 

10.25

 

158

 

200

 

13

 

9

 

3

 

1

 

X

 

 

234

 

0

 

110912

 

Marina

 

B

 

6.5

 

1151

 

800

 

17

 

13

 

16

 

5

 

 

X

 

436

 

15

 

150912

 

Albatros

 

B

 

7

 

786

 

340

 

 

17

 

15

 

2

 

X

 

 

141

 

0

 

170912

 

Hamburg

 

W

 

8

 

357

 

170

 

 

16

 

7

 

1

 

X

 

 

228

 

0

 

210912

 

Ocean Countess

 

W

 

10

 

704

 

350

 

11

 

8

 

4

 

2

 

X

 

 

839

 

83

 

210912

 

Delphin

 

W

 

10.5

 

310

 

234

 

6

 

4

 

5

 

1

 

X

 

 

230

 

 

260912

 

Seabourn Pride

 

W

 

21

 

190

 

160

 

10

 

6

 

5

 

1

 

X

 

 

126

 

30

 

 

TOTALS

 

 

365.5

 

19327

 

11159

 

300

 

259

 

288

 

59

 

   

13632

 

949

 

Date

 

Ship

 

W/B

 

HIP

 

Passengers

 

Crew

 

FCSA am

 

FCSA pm

 

Tours

 

Shuttles

 

Short

 

Long

 

Foot

 

NMMC

 

                           
                           

Key:

W = Wharf

B = Bay

HIP = Hours in port

FCSA am/pm = Number of Ambassadors who worked am/pm

Short = Short Shuttle route into town

Long = Long Shuttle route into town

Foot = Number of passengers who walked into town