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

Lerwick expecting another busy cruise season next year

Lerwick Harbour is expecting another busy cruise season next year after a highly successful 2009 during which a number of milestones were achieved. More than 40 cruise ships so far are expected to visit the Shetland port in 2010.

This year has seen the largest cruise ship yet at Lerwick, with two visits by the 102,587 gross tonnes Costa Magica which, on her second call, brought 2,922 passengers, the highest total for any vessel yet at the port. 

By the end of the season this month, 46 cruise ships are scheduled to have visited this year, with around 24,000 passengers, both up on 2008.

In August, Lerwick celebrated the 1,000th cruise ship visit since the first noted in official port records in 1928.

Lerwick Port Authority Chief Executive, Sandra Laurenson, said: “It’s another significant season for Shetland, including the special milestones achieved, with the 1,000th cruise ship and the largest vessel yet.

“With more than 430 cruise ships and almost 175,000 passengers calling at Lerwick since 2000, this year rounds off a great decade underlining its increased popularity as a port-of-call. It’s a firm basis on which to continue building our market.

“We’re now looking forward to a busy start to the next decade, backed by a marketing programme promoting the harbour and Shetland’s many attractions.”    

The Port Authority is a member of the Cruise Scotland organisation, launched earlier this year, and is participating on its stand (729) at the Seatrade Europe exhibition and conference in Hamburg, Germany, this week (15-17 September).

At 60 degrees north and at the crossroads of the North Sea and Atlantic, the Shetland Islands, with their warm welcome, are famous for their Scandinavian and Scottish heritage, marine life, seabird colonies, cliffs and beaches, with the Shetland Museum and Archives on Lerwick’s waterfront among the many other attractions.