Cornwall will get a huge tourism boost if plans are approved for a £30 million project to dredge a deep-water channel and build a cruise terminal at Falmouth.
The port gets occasional visits from cruise ships, but they have to anchor in the middle of the harbour and ferry passengers ashore by tender.
Dredging would allow some of the biggest passenger ships in the world to tie up alongside, and would bring millions of pounds a year to the region from the high-spending passengers who would take day trips ashore.
If the town needs persuading of the benefits a cruise terminal would bring, they need only look to their namesake on the other side of the Atlantic.
Falmouth in Jamaica has signed a £75 million deal with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for a new pier which will accommodate Oasis of the Seas, the biggest cruise ship ever built, currently under construction in Finland.
Royal Caribbean have committed to bringing 400,000 visitors to the port every year from 2010 on Oasis and sister ship Allure of the Seas, which will each carry 5,400 passengers.