RESIDENTS of a quaint seaside village have told how their area is being devastated by an ‘eyesore’ cruise ship.
Locals in Fowey, Cornwall were shocked when the giant Spirit of Adventure cruise ship pulled up at her tiny dock on Friday.
The massive ship, operated by Saga Cruises, is 775 feet long and weighs nearly 60,000.
Harbor Master Paul Thomas says it is the largest ship to ever arrive in Fowey and that it is a “big deal” for tourism, reports say MailOnline.
However, residents are unhappy.
One person wrote on Twitter: “Terrible. Shouldn’t be allowed.”
Another added: “With water levels very low it looked way too big for Fowey.”
A third local said: “Amazing! And they want to attract more of them to Fowey!”
But Mr. Thomas is convinced that the ship will be good for the little village,
He explained: “We’re trying to attract this size of ship, which is at our limit right now, but it means we can get these passengers to visit the city and nearby destinations.”
This comes after a Cornish local revealed why visits should be avoided during the summer holidays this year.
Lee Trewhela explained that he decided to take his daughters on vacation to one of the nearby fishing villages.
He kept writing Cornwall Live that he has done what any “reasonable Cornish man” avoids, namely visiting the tourist attractions during the so-called “silly season”.
He said the problems began upon arrival in Mevagissey, a small fishing village.
He warned: “The trouble came when we got to Meva – the main car park on Valley Road was full and so cars were queuing on the road into the village.”
Not only were there queues, but most of the crowded parking lots were already full by lunchtime.
He also said that while it’s great to have independent businesses, you can’t expect to enjoy them without spending money on them.
The “shocking” prices included a shrimp sandwich for £12.50 and a small fish and chips for almost a tenner.
And he added, “Not surprisingly, it was almost impossible to get into the popular spots.”
Despite the busy streets and restaurants, he admitted tourists gave the economy a “huge boost” and was happy to see tourists of all kinds from Europe, Australia and the US there.