Truro River Cruises closes after huge fuel price hikes

A cruise service linking two major towns in Cornwall has had to close permanently, after rising costs prevented the business from making ends meet. Truro River Cruises launched in June 2021, with its blue, red and white boat ‘Truro Belle’ ferrying tourists and passengers between Falmouth and the town.

However, owners Rhos Newman and Matthew Repper announced in October that they would close for the remainder of the year. Then yesterday (April 26) Mr Newman and Mr Repper said the service was gone for good.

They said “multiple unforeseen circumstances” meant it was not possible to return. These, the pair explained, included increased costs across the board.

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On a social media post, Truro River Cruises said: “Apologies to us for being so quiet over the past few months, but due to multiple unforeseen circumstances we have made the difficult decision not to return, so that we loved our first season we had to take a look at the bigger picture with the increased fuel, permits, landing fees and insurance costs it’s just not worth no need to run.

“We are so grateful for all the love, help and support everyone has given us that made our first season so memorable.” Truro River Cruises ran between Truro, St Mawes and Falmouth – and launched with a bang last year.

As CornwallLive reported in June 2021, her owners had a long family tradition of living on the water. Mr Repper had been described as the ‘future’ by colleagues and previously worked for Kernow Cruises before helping launch Truro River Cruises.

Dozens of people shared their sadness over the closure of the service. Leaving a comment on the company’s Facebook, Chris Sherin said: “This is very sad news. I hope you find a job 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 during the time you were able to go on. Best wishes for your future.

Lesley Gallie added: “Very sad to read this – we had a wonderful trip up the Fal and back with you last year – but understandable in these trying times.”

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