Another record-breaking cruise season is underway at Lerwick Harbour, with a number of new initiatives underpinning the famous Shetland welcome awaiting the thousands of passengers scheduled to visit over the next eight months.
Aberdeen Harbour has announced increased activity levels in 2018 across vessel and cargo tonnage, arrivals and passengers. The growing port saw a 5% rise in vessel tonnage compared to 2017, whilst cargo tonnage and offshore supply vessel tonnage increased by 3% and 6% respectively.
A £350 million harbour expansion is under way at the Bay of Nigg, which will begin to welcome cruise ships when it opens in 2020. Yvonne Cook, head of tourism development at Visit Aberdeenshire, described the new Aberdeen South Harbour as a “game changer” for the cruise market in the north-east. (eveningexpress.co.uk)
Scottish ports are on course to welcome a million cruise passengers annually years ahead of original expectations after another record season in 2018 when a fleet of 825 cruise ships brought 794,577 passengers to destinations around the country.
Another record-breaking cruise season at Lerwick Harbour closed this week with 91 vessels and an increase of around 78% on 2017 to 90,336 passengers welcomed at the Shetland port since mid-March, taking its involvement to a new high.
The 2018 cruise season has come to a close at Aberdeen Harbour with more than 3,000 passengers visiting the city – representing a 61% increase since 2017, according to a statement. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
The organisation successfully marketing Scottish ports to the international cruise industry has a new management team in what is proving another record-breaking season. The appointments follow Cruise Scotland’s agm and come ahead of participation at Seatrade Cruise Med in Lisbon later this month.
Chris Alexander has been appointed to the management team of Capital Cruising (CC) in a newly-created role which demonstrates the company’s commitment to offering customers the best experience possible.
Scottish ports are looking to build on record years for cruise traffic by again targeting operators at the international industry’s biggest annual event this week. Marketing organisation, Cruise Scotland, which represents ports around the country, is exhibiting at Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, (6-8 March), where members are promoting facilities and attractions before future vessel itineraries are decided by cruise lines.
Highland businesses have had a major boost in tourism after Scotland’s busiest cruise port recorded an increase of more than 53,000 passengers to the north. The Port of Cromarty Firth welcomed 151,078 cruise travellers on 93 ships to Invergordon and the Highlands since the season began in April. (pressandjournal.co.uk)
The Port of Cromarty Firth announced on Friday the appointment their new Cruise Manager, Allison McGuire, as the port marks another record-breaking year of cruise calls. McGuire, who has recently moved to Inverness, brings with her two decades of experience in the cruise industry, having worked for Saga Cruises in the UK and Oceania Cruises in Florida. (cruiseindustrynews.com)