CJH wrote: The smaller number of passengers, the more expensive the cabin ie the more well heeled are the passengers. Therefore forget the mega ships which usually berth early morning and leave at around early eveniing depending on tides, these people are not dripping with money and all back on board spending in the ships resturant and bars.
Plymouths strategy should be the small to medium say up to 500/700 pasengers, and encourage the cruise companies to stay overnight.
Unfortunately we have a contract with BF, and the schedule often doesn't allow a night stop over. Has happened, but rare, especially as the extra ferries / summer schedule is when the vessels want to visit.
The BLS has just been designated a facility, so any vessels anchoring now have the option of tenders arriving direct into the Barbican which is good news for the city.