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

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.