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

CFPA welcomes largest passenger vessel

Invergordon will welcome the largest number of passengers from a single vessel when the Crown Princess cruise liner visits the port on Friday 3 July 2009, as part of her round Britain and Ireland cruise, which includes a maiden call at the Highland port.

With 3,183 passengers on board, Crown Princess takes the record from the Grand Princess, which brought 2,698 passengers to Invergordon in 2007.

Arriving at 0530 hours from Greenock, passengers will be greeted by a piper as they disembark and head towards an array of attractions across the area, bringing a welcome boost to local businesses. Already some 47 tours with buses and boats are scheduled to visit many different tourist businesses in the Highlands, ranging from dolphin spotting to wildlife photography.

Waiting at the entrance to the Admiralty Pier, with free local tourist information will be the volunteer hosts from the Invergordon Tourism Alliance, dressed in their distinctive blue sweatshirts, with the Oystercatcher logo.

On arrival the Captain of the Crown Princess will be presented with a plaque from the Highland Council. Cruise Highlands Ltd, cruise liner marketing arm of Cromarty Firth Port Authority (CFPA), will also present a personalised copy of “This Noble Harbour,” a book published by CFPA outlining the history and development of the Cromarty Firth as a harbour.

A Scottish folkloric show will entertain passengers on board the 113,651 gross tonne cruise liner, followed by a pipe band as a finale to say ‘Haste ye Back’ on departure for South Queensferry at 1800 hours.

Captain Iain Dunderdale, cruise development manager for Cruise Highlands Ltd, said: “The arrival of Crown Princess at Invergordon, with its record number of passengers, shows how far the Scottish Highlands has come in terms of cruise tourism in a period of just a few short years. Invergordon now ranks in the top tier of cruise ports, alongside Amsterdam, Bergen, Copenhagen and Reykjavik.

“Large cruise liners such as the Crown Princess, which will be calling at Invergordon four times this season, provide an enormous boost to the local economy. Approximately fifty cruise ships will visit the area this summer, bringing visitors from across the world.”