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Luxury cruise liner Silver Spirit of the Silversea line recently headed into St Peter Port on the final leg of her world cruise to give passengers a snapshot of life in Guernsey. In keeping with maritime tradition, the captain was presented with a keepsake to celebrate the ship's inaugural visit to local waters and the first of two visits by Silversea ships to Guernsey this summer.
80 out of the 500 passengers on board enjoyed 119 days of luxury during their world cruise, whilst others had various shorter itineraries. Captain Angelo Corsaro, Senior Commandant of the Silversea’s fleet, was delighted to welcome a group of local dignitaries including the Bailiff, Sir Geoffrey Rowland and Lady Rowland, Deputy Carla McNulty Bauer, Minister, Commerce and Employment Department, Deputy Tom Le Pelley, Deputy Minister, Public Services, Guernsey Harbourmaster, Captain Peter Gill and St Peter Port Senior Town Constable Barry Cash.
Captain Corsaro officially welcomed the party on board and said 'The passengers and crew have enjoyed many adventures during the trip – spied a band of pirates, visited a newly emerging Egypt, learnt to cook a Sicilian supper and cruised the Suez Canal. Another highlight for me is bringing my ship into St Peter Port for the first time'.
The Bailiff spoke of his delight in welcoming a Silversea cruise ship into local waters and trusted that it would be the first of many such visits. He emphasised that Guernsey has natural beauty and many attractions which would be of interest to Silversea travellers.
The Bailiff, Sir Geoffrey Rowland said 'I can also assure the Silversea cruise ship that when its passengers go ashore they will be warmly welcomed and I hope that passengers will return and choose Guernsey as a holiday destination in the future'.
The Bailiff then handed over copies of two Guernsey books – which will now take pride of place in the ship’s library for everyone’s reference and enjoyment whilst on board to interest them before they arrive and to enjoy afterwards.
Barry Cash presented a special plaque to mark the occasion on behalf of St Peter Port Constables and received one in return from the Captain which will be displayed in the Constables Office.