Kristina Katarina marks major accomplishment in Greenock Ocean Terminal’s cruise operations
Greenock Ocean Terminal celebrated a significant milestone in the development of its cruise operations last weekend with the successful operation of its first international Fly Cruise from the Terminal.
As part of the “Fly Cruise”, passengers were flown in a charter flight from Finland to Glasgow International Airport. They then undertook the short transfer to Greenock Ocean Terminal, where their vessel Kristina Katarina was waiting for embarkation.
Andrew Hemphill, Terminal Manager for Greenock Ocean Terminal, said “We are delighted to have welcomed our first international turnaround cruise in the Terminal, and hope that this will be the first of many of these types of calls. We are working hard to continue to improve the passenger experience at the Terminal, and this work is reflected in the increasing numbers of day calls and turnaround which come into the Terminal each year.”
Saura Paananen, Hotel Manager for the Kristina Katarina, commented “I have to say this has been one of the best turnaround points we have had, the service from the port was excellent. We got a visit from Mr Andrew Hemphill a couple of days earlier, which was necessary and helpful. We had some time to plan all the transportations and luggage movements so it was easy and carefree for passengers. All the information we got in advance was helpful for us during the turnaround. The port did everything in their power to service us.”
The visit of the Kristina Katarina comes as part of an outstanding year for Greenock Ocean Terminal, which will handle 22 turnaround calls throughout the year, the highest number of turnarounds the port has handled. The Terminal will also have 18 day calls with visit from vessels such as Princess Cruises Caribbean Princess and Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth. These calls will amount to a record number of over 65,000 passengers passing through the Terminal, a 13% increase on the previous year.