Pas­sen­gers from cruise ship MS Fram ex­plore Yarmouth area

Visi­tors in­clude many in­ter­na­tional travel agents

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The cruise ship MS Fram, op­er­ated by the Nor­way- based Hur­tigruten Group, an­chored just east of the Cape Forchu light­house on May 2, with close to 150 pas­sen­gers brought ashore by the ship’s ten­ders to dis­em­bark at the Lob­ster Rock wharf slip­way.

Lo­cal tour guide David Sol­lows said the de­ci­sion to an­chor out­side the har­bour and send guests by zo­diac was made by those in charge of the ship. “For many, our tides are tricky. They are also part of what makes this area spe­cial,” he said.

He added that the cruise line is used to ac­cess­ing hard- tore­ach places and that visi­tors com­pli­mented the paved slip at the Lob­ster Rock Wharf.

A wel­com­ing com­mit­tee of lo­cal dig­ni­taries and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the tourism as­so­ci­a­tion greeted the ar­rivals and ar­ranged for on­shore tours through the her­itage dis­trict and tea at the mu­seum.

Many shops on Wa­ter Street also opened for the visi­tors.

In the af­ter­noon, Sol­lows took the cap­tain and a group of travel agents to Den­nis Point Wharf and Le Vil­lage in West Pub­nico.

“They chose to take their group photo at Den­nis Point Wharf over­look­ing the wa­ter and found the land­scape at Le Vil­lage very beau­ti­ful and peace- ful.

Even drink­ing tea out of china cups with saucers was an ex­pe­ri­ence for them,” he said.

When he men­tioned to an or­nithol­o­gist in the group that there were puffins on Green Is­land, the vis­i­tor wanted to see if rent­ing a zo­diac to visit was pos­si­ble.

“For peo­ple that have al­ways lived here and haven’t ex­pe­ri­enced a lot of other places, we don’t tend to value what’s right in front of our noses,” said Sol­lows.

He said he’s “pretty con­fi­dent” that the sights the visi­tors saw will have spinoffs and that there will be other groups.

“The thing with the cruise in­dus­try is that it is chal­leng­ing. For ex­am­ple, if the seas had been rough yes­ter­day, they may have had to by­pass us.

Peo­ple may say it was a lot of prepa­ra­tion for noth­ing, but that’s not so. It all adds to your level of readi­ness,” he said.

The Yarmouth stop was part of a tour that had the ship trav­el­ling from New York City and even­tu­ally end­ing its voy­age in Hal­i­fax.

The Town of Shel­burne also wel­comed a cruise ship to port on May 2. The ocean liner Ma­rina has an es­ti­mated 1,000 pas­sen­gers and 800 crew mem­bers.

The cruise ship Fram, op­er­ated by the Nor­way-based Hur­tigruten Group, an­chored just east of the Cape Forchu light­house on May 2.

Ar­gyle deputy war­den Danny Muise, Yarmouth town coun­cil­lor Jim MacLeod and Yarmouth mu­nic­i­pal war­den Le­land An­thony were among those who greeted cruise ship ar­rivals.

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