A cruise service running between two large towns in Cornwall has had to close for good, after rising costs left the business unable to make ends meet. Truro River Cruises launched in June 2021, with it’s blue, red and white “Truro Belle” boat shipping tourists and passengers between falmouth and the city.
However, owners Rhos Newman and Matthew Repper announced in October that they would close for the rest of that year. Then, yesterday (April 26) Mr Newman and Mr Repper said the service was disappearing for good.
They said “multiple unforeseen circumstances” meant it was not possible to return. These, the pair explained, included rising costs across the board.
On a social media post, Truro River Cruises said: “Apologies for us being so quiet over the past few months however due to multiple unforeseen circumstances we have made the difficult decision not to return, whilst we loved our first season we have had to take a look at the bigger picture with increasing fuel, permits, landing fees and insurance costs it just isn’t financially worth us running.
“We are so grateful for all the love, help and support everyone gave us and made our first season so memorable.” Truro River Cruises ran between Truro, St Mawes and falmouth – and launched to fanfare last year.
ace CornwallLive reported in June 2021, its owners had a long family pedigree of living on the water. Mr Repper had been described as the “future” by his co-workers, and had previously worked for Kernow Cruises before helping launch Truro River Cruises.
Dozens of people shared their sadness that the service is closing. Leaving a comment on the company’s Facebook, Chris Sherin said: “That is very sad news. I do hope you find work that is profitable and gives you a living wage. Good luck with whatever you do in the future.
“You made a lot of people very happy in the time that you were able to continue. Best wishes for your future.”
Lesley Gallie added: “Very sad to read this – we had a wonderful trip down the Fal and back with you last year – but understandable in these tough times.”