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.