Ilfracombe crosses fingers for second cruise ship visit

The MS Prinsendam and its 703 passengers is scheduled to arrive in the town on July 22

ILFRACOMBE is hoping its ship will come in at the second time of asking on Friday of next week (July 22) as the town gears up to welcome the MS Prinsendam, its 793 passengers and 470 crew.

The 38,000 cruise liner is the sister ship to the Rotterdam, also owned by the Holland America Line, whose visit in May had to be cancelled because poor weather was forecast.

As with the previous scheduled visit, Ilfracombe and north Devon councils plus local organisations and businesses have prepared a welcome and a day of activities to greet the vessel.

The Prinsendam will be arriving from Bristol at around 8am on the Friday and departing for St Peter Port in Guernsey at 3pm.

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A busy programme of events will be taking place in the harbour and seafront areas throughout the day until the ship sails. In addition the ship has organised shore excursions for passengers to Chambercombe Manor, Combe Martin and Exmoor.

The pier area will see music form Blazing Sounds Youth Band, followed by various solo musicians and buskers, with street drummers Humdrumconundrum performing from 2-3pm.

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A variety of art, craft and local produce stalls will be set up on the seafront from 10am onwards. Ilfracombe Arts and Crafts Society at Emmanuel Church will have artists and craftspeople working and demonstrating their arts and crafts all day.

Blazing Sounds, Shake a Leg and the Swing Boat Jazz Band will also be playing in the Runnymede Gardens Bandstand throughout the day.

From 2pm The North Devon Pipes and Drums will march and play along the seafront from The Landmark to The Pier.

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