The islands of Guernsey will not accept cruise ship visits in 2021 because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The VisitGuernsey tourist board said: “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, VisitGuernsey announces that the decision has had to be made that Guernsey will not be in a position to accept cruise ship visits for the 2021 season.”

Wendy Pedder, marketing manager at VisitGuernsey, added: “The cruise sector is very important to the islands of Guernsey and to our tourism industry, and this is not a decision taken lightly.

“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.”

The Channel Islands are a regular stop on cruises around the British Isles so this is likely to be a setback for those planning to sail closer to home when sailings resume.

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