Cruise Ships Could Be Used For 400th Anniversary Of Mayflower

2020 will see celebrations for the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth and to help plan accomodation for the event, Plymouth City Council are looking at alternatives including the use of cruise ships during the celebrations according to Devon Live

The ship had departed from Plymouth on 16th September 1620 carrying passengers when normally it would carry cargo such as wine and dry goods. The ship was bound for the New World with 102 passengers, including 40 Protestant Seperarists whom were leaving to establish a new church in the New World of what would eventually become the USA. These colonists would then become known as the ‘Pilgrims’.

The ship would experience a rough passage and after a mammoth 66 day crossing, the ship landed at  Cape Cod at what is now Provincetown, Massachusetts.

With the 400th anniversary in 2020, it is expected that large numbers of descendants from those pilgrims will want to come and visit Plymouth and enjoy the many planned events on offer to celebrate the historic milestone.

David Draffan, Plymouth City Council’s Assistant Director for Economic Development explained that the city was looking at ways in which the solution for adequate enough accomodation can be found. He said:

“You would never economically have enough permanent spaces for the nature of a one-off event. So you’re always going to have to complement your core stock with alternatives. There are a variety of precedents for that around the country and around the world with the Olympics and major events.

“There are a variety of options that have been seen, from having floating hotels through to campsites or people’s houses.”

Cruise ships certainly would be an ideal way of accomodating those who wish to visit Plymouth during the celebrations. Ironically, it would continue the maritime link with Mayflower too.

Whilst there is still more than 3 years away from the actual anniversary of the sailing of Mayflower, the planning for the events and celebrations have certainly begun in earnest and will make sure that the anniversary is well remembered for many years to come.

Plymouth has a lot to offer as a maritime city and those who wish to visit will be able to follow in the footsteps of some of history’s most famous names including Sir Francis Drake, Sir Richard Grenville, Sir Jon Hawkins, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Martin Frobisher, Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Cookworthy, Tobias Furneaux, Captain Cook, Charles Darwin, Scott of the Antarctic, Lady Nancy Astor and Sir Francis Chichester but to name a few. Take in the sights of the city including the Barbican, the old maritime port or enjoy a walk to the Plymouth Hoe where from a spectacular vantage point, you will get great views of Plymouth Sound and the surrounding areas.

Whilst no cruise ship visits are scheduled for 2017, 2018 will see Holland America Line’s Prinsendam visit Plymouth on 12th July.


Feature image: Visit Plymouth

Source: Devon Live, Destination South West and


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