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Disney Magic cruise ship returns to Plymouth in 2022

It may or may not be the result of a wish for a star, but Plymouth looks forward to receiving an economic boost when the massive Disney Magic cruise ship anchors off the city in 2022.

The 294m-long ship is due to stop in the strait on September 30 at 7:30 a.m. for an 11-hour stay, proving dreams do come true after her visit to Ocean City in Britain was shattered in 2021 .

The ship, which will carry 2,713 Mickey Mouse-loving passengers, is the second-largest of eight cruise ships due to make nine visits, bringing a total of 8,596 visitors to Plymouth this year.

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Arrivals begin in April, with three tours scheduled starting April 18, when Braemar and its 986 passengers arrive at West Wharf, Millbay, at 7:30 am for an 11 hour stop en route from Southampton to Falmouth.

Five days later, Ocean Nova, with 84 passengers on board, docks at Trinity Pier in Millbay, with arrival and departure times yet to be confirmed. However, the same boat is due to return to the same berth on April 28.



The Disney Magic cruise ship visiting Liverpool (Pic Andrew Teebay).

Trinity Pier, where a huge warehouse was demolished in early 2021, is intended to accommodate ships up to 150m in length.

At West Wharf Pier, across the wharf, ships as tall as 220m can dock

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Even the largest ships can be anchored in Plymouth Sound from where passengers can be brought ashore in tender boats. Tour passengers will typically be routed to Associated British Ports’ recently upgraded Millbay harbor facilities, while independent guests are routed ashore to the Barbican Pier.

Anchoring in the Sound, on June 16, will be the 200-passenger ship The World, for a two-day stay, followed by the Seabourn Ovation, a vessel with a capacity of 638, which is due to drop anchor at 8 a.m. a 10 hour stopover.

The Hebridean Princess, with just 49 passengers, is scheduled to arrive at Trinity Pier on July 12 at 1 p.m. for a five-hour tour.

And following the Disney Magic visit, the Amadea is expected in the Sound on October 17, at 9 a.m., for a 9-hour stay, bringing in 624 passengers.

The last visit scheduled for 2022 is that of the Nieuw Rotterdam, at 8 a.m. on October 18, with its bumper capacity of 3,218 travelers.

In 2021, cruise ship visits were greeted warmly after all calls planned for 2020 were canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Glen Gardner, who has been appointed Head of New Cruise Business Development and Sustainable Tourism Project Manager for Destination Plymouth in 2021, said: Ships Visiting Ocean City in Britain.

“We have a very interesting lineup of ships planning to visit us this year, from Disney Magic to The World and the Noble Caledonia Ocean Nova Expedition Ship to German ships such as the Amadea.”



The Disney Magic cruise ship arrives at the mouth of the River Tyne from the North Sea, passing through North Shields Fish Quay, to pick up passengers for two short cruises.  Picture date: Friday September 3, 2021. PA Photo.  Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys / PA Wire
The Disney Magic cruise ship arrives at the mouth of the River Tyne from the North Sea, passing through North Shields Fish Quay, to pick up passengers for two short cruises. Picture date: Friday September 3, 2021. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys / PA Wire

He said two planned tours were unfortunately canceled due to route changes, with Hebridean Sky and Albatros, which were taken out of service and subsequently scrapped, no longer arriving.

But Mr Gardner said: “We look forward to welcoming the other ships and giving them a great welcome in Plymouth.”

The Plymouth cruise industry has seen a positive rebound with seven cruise stopovers in Ocean City in Britain during the summer of 2021.

The city has hosted tours of ships including Tradewind Voyages’ Golden Horizon, the world’s largest square-rigged sailing cruise ship; the Hebridean Princess boutique cruise ship; and the inaugural stopover of Vasco da Gama of the German Nicko Cruises, which is part of the Mystic Cruises group.

In early December, representatives of luxury cruise operator Silversea Cruises and their shore excursion operator Excursions Limited, were welcomed to Plymouth for an in-depth familiarization tour of the city, which included a visit to The Box, the National Marine Aquarium, the Royal Citadel, Plymouth Gin Distillery, Elizabethan House, Mount Edgecumb House, Royal William Yard, also included a walking tour of the Barbican and the Hoe with experiences at several hospitality locations across town.

Plymouth’s visitors plan envisions the city becoming a “premier destination” for cruise ships over the next five years, with key locations for the arrival and departure of boats at Millbay Docks.

The Plymouth Cruise Partnership is led by Destination Plymouth which works in partnership with Associated British Ports, Cattewater Harbor Commissioners, Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, Plymouth City Center Company and Plymouth Cruise Volunteers. The main objective is to develop the activities of the cruise sector in the city for the benefit of the economy.

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