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

Greenock Ocean Terminal set for 13% cruise rise in 2012 with 41 calls and 65,500 passengers

Greenock Ocean Terminal’s cruise operation is set for another significant increase in 2012 with a record 41 vessel calls now scheduled to bring over 65,500 passengers to the town, a 13% rise on 2011.

The 2012 schedule means Clydeport has more than tripled passenger numbers in just five years, from 19,803 in 2007 to the predicted 65,522 of 2012.
 
Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth is a high profile visitor next year along with a variety of cruise vessels operated by Fred. Olsen, P&O and Princess Cruises among others.

With 41 calls between March and November the 2012 schedule shows further growth for the cruise business at Greenock which provides tremendous economic spin-offs for the town.

A substantial number of passengers spend money in Greenock, as do crews taking advantage of shore leave, and it is estimated that the cruise business now brings in upwards of £4m a year into the Inverclyde economy.

Greenock Ocean Terminal general manager Andrew Hemphill said: “This significant increase in cruise calls and passenger numbers in 2012 is great news for Greenock.

“In the last 12 months considerable investment has been made in infrastructure and facilities to ensure the terminal has the look, feel and capability of a port with ambitions to continue to attract more cruise calls from around the world.

“These latest figures represent a major increase and the fact we have trebled passenger numbers in just five years is testament to Clydeport’s investment in and commitment to Greenock and no shortage of hard work from everyone.”

Greenock Ocean Terminal’s 2012 cruise season kicks off with the arrival of the Hebridean Princess in the first week of March and ends when the same vessel leaves Greenock on November 27, 2012.