Cruise ship maiden voyage selects Port of Invergordon
The Port of Invergordon has been singled out amongst a select number of destinations, for the maiden voyage of the brand new cruise ship "AIDAmar".
The 71,304 gross tonne ship is due to arrive at the Cromarty Firth based Port on Friday 18 May and will be carrying 2,214 passengers. This will be the 4thcruise ship visit to the Port in a season which is expected to see 64 visits and over 75,000 passengers.
Invergordon has grown in popularity thanks to its deep water, port facilities and geographic location. Once docked, passengers are able to access the wider tourist attractions on offer throughout the Highlands, from Eilean Donan Castle, Glen Affric, to excursions closer to home, such as Dornoch and highlights of Invergordon.
"AIDAmar" was handed over from the German shipyard, where it was built, to its owners at the start of May and her maiden voyage started in Hamburg on Saturday, with calls at Le Havre, Dover, Zeebrugge and Invergordon. From Invergordon, it will make its way to Bergen, Eidfjord and Stavanger, in Norway.
Among the unique facilities on board this new ship, is a micro brewery, producing draught beer for all the bars on board.
There will be 7 maiden calls to Invergordon this year, including "Caribbean Princess", due to arrive on 22 May.
Cruise Development Manager, Captain Iain Dunderdale, confirmed “The Port and the Community work hard to ensure that each cruise ship is greeted by a traditionally warm Highland welcome. The Invergordon Tourism Alliance makes a real difference to those passengers who choose to explore Invergordon independently. Cruise Highlands lays on a piper to welcome the passengers ashore and a pipe band bids ships a final farewell on departure.”