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.
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.
Captain Calum Grains is to succeed Ms Sandra Laurenson as Chief Executive of Lerwick Port Authority when she retires in November after more than 40 years’ service. The management changes at the Shetland port are announced by the Authority following its August board meeting.
Lerwick Harbour is providing additional facilities for the cruise industry which is expected to deliver another two record seasons at the Shetland port, continuing a trend which saw record traffic in 2015 and 2016.
The record for the biggest cruise ship into Lerwick Harbour will be broken on Sunday for the second time this summer when Celebrity Silhouette enters the Shetland port on a 14- nights British Isles Cruise.
The first cruise ship arrival of the year will enter Lerwick Harbour this weekend at the start of a record-breaking season which is expected to see the most passengers and vessels yet at the Shetland port, along with the highest gross tonnage of cruise ships, including the biggest vessels to date.