Dunrobin Castle - ancestral home of the Clan Sutherland
Dunrobin Castle - ancestral home of the Clan Sutherland
Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe
Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe
Scotland is a great place to explore by cycle on trails and coastal paths
Scotland is a great place to explore by cycle on trails and coastal paths
Ardvreck Castle and Loch Assynt in Sutherland, Highlands of Scotland
Ardvreck Castle and Loch Assynt in Sutherland, Highlands of Scotland
The banks of Loch Lomond - Britain's largest stretch of inland water
The banks of Loch Lomond - Britain's largest stretch of inland water
Strathisla Distillery in Keith, Grampian Highlands
Strathisla Distillery in Keith, Grampian Highlands
Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye
Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye
Gleneagles Golf Course
Gleneagles Golf Course
Fantastic rivers and lochs await for you to try your hand at fishing
Fantastic rivers and lochs await for you to try your hand at fishing
Scotland's rich musicial tradition
Scotland's rich musicial tradition
The Northern Isles are home to the world-famous Shetland pony
The Northern Isles are home to the world-famous Shetland pony
Ring of Brodgar in Orkney
Ring of Brodgar in Orkney
Kayaks at North Beach, Little Bernera, Isle of Lewis, Stornoway
Kayaks at North Beach, Little Bernera, Isle of Lewis, Stornoway
Dolphin pond in magnificent mountainside setting of Benmore Botanic Gardens
Dolphin pond in magnificent mountainside setting of Benmore Botanic Gardens
Piper at Castle of Mey in Thurso, Caithness
Piper at Castle of Mey in Thurso, Caithness
Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, Aberdeen
Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, Aberdeen
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow
Ben Nevis, Fort William
Ben Nevis, Fort William
Oban, Argyll & Bute
Oban, Argyll & Bute
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle

2013 cruise season shaping up to be best yet

Greenock Ocean Terminal today welcomed a return call of "Norwegian Sun" as the cruise season at the port begins to wind down.

Her 2,250 passengers made the most of the late autumn sunshine to enjoy the various tours and excursions available, including Glasgow, Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond.

There are more calls scheduled at the Terminal this year, with "Hebridean Princess" scheduled at Greenock four times in November. These calls, along with those which have already called this year, will mean that this cruise season has been the most successful in the Terminal’s history.

However this is set to be eclipsed in 2013 when a record 84,000 passengers are scheduled to call into the port. This represents a large growth in both vessel and passengers figures, with passenger numbers having doubled since 2009.

The vessels will be split between embarkation calls and day calls, and the Cruise Terminal is continually being redeveloped to ensure that both types of cruise calls are handled seamlessly.

Andrew Hemphill, General Manger of Greenock Ocean Terminal, said: “We are delighted that our continued hard work and development of the Terminal has resulted in another fantastic year at Greenock Ocean Terminal.  With the release of the 2013 timetable today, we are looking forward to another great year at the Terminal.”