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

Cromarty Firth Port Authority welcomes maiden voyage for world's newest cruise ship

As the first port of call on her maiden voyage, Seabourn Sojourn will visit the Port of Invergordon, following an official naming ceremony on Friday (June 4) on the River Thames with British supermodel and fashion icon, Twiggy.

The brand new 31,500 tonne cruise liner will arrive into Invergordon on Tuesday 8 June, direct from her christening in the Pool of London. The 400 passengers on the sell-out maiden voyage will visit a variety of local attractions, including Cawdor Castle, Beauly and Foulis Castle and will receive a welcome from the clan chief, and other passengers will go on the President of Seabourn’s special tour to Dunrobin Castle.

The deluxe vessel has 225 ocean-view suites measuring 295 to 1,682 square feet, of which 90 percent have private verandas, four restaurants and in-suite dining, as well as the latest Spa at Seabourn.

Delivered from an Italian shipyard, the 200 metre long vessel was built at a cost of $290 million. The cruise liner is the second of three identical sister ships being built at the yard for the Yachts of Seabourn, a Miami Florida based company.

On her 14-day maiden voyage the Seabourn Sojourn will sail from London to Invergordon then on to Thorshavn (Faroes), Reykjavik and Heimaey Island in Iceland, Olden and Bergen in Norway, Amsterdam and then Dover to complete her cruise.

Highland Council will present a plaque, and Cruise Highlands Ltd. will hand over a copy of “This Noble Harbour”, the official history of the Cromarty Firth at a plaque exchange ceremony onboard the Seabourn Sojourn on Tuesday.

Seabourn Sojourn will return to Invergordon in July and again in August, as the port celebrates a record number of cruise passengers and an increase in tonnage.

This cruise season, which started in May, will see 52 cruise liners call at Invergordon, bringing a total of 60,800 passengers to the area. This compares to the 48,787 passengers last year and 48 cruise liners visiting the Port. 

Tonnage is also up 29% on last year with 2.34 million tonnes of cruise vessels expected to call at the port, which compares to 1.82 million in 2009.

Captain Iain Dunderdale, cruise development manager for Cruise Highlands Ltd., cruise liner marketing arm of Cromarty Firth Port Authority (CFPA), said: “I am delighted to welcome the Seabourn Sojourn on her maiden voyage. Cruise liners visiting the port provide an enormous boost to the local economy, bringing approximately £7 million to the economy and thousands of passengers every season.

“Cruise Scotland figures show the cruise activity in Scotland is up 16% this year and the Port of Invergordon is expected to have the highest volume of passengers and tonnage.