Port of Cromarty Firth starts the cruise ship season by welcoming the AIDAvita
The Port of Cromarty Firth marked the beginning of the 2017 cruise season as the first ship of the year 'AIDAvita' docked today to a traditional Highland welcome.
AIDAvita, which is carrying approx. 1,400 passengers, is currently on a 13-day cruise, visiting the UK and Norway. She departed from Hamburg and her itinerary includes calls at Newcastle, Invergordon, Kirkwall and Lerwick in the UK and Trondheim, Aalesund, Bergen, Ulvik, Eidfjord and Stavanger in Norway. The ship will visit the Port of Cromarty Firth six times this year on a variety of cruises.
An estimated 142,000 passengers will come into the Port in Invergordon in the next eight months on 91 cruise ships, the highest number on record. This new cruise record is the equivalent of a 45 per cent increase in the number of passengers on last year and a 44 per cent increase in the number of ships.
Captain Iain Dunderdale, Cruise Manager at the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “2017 is shaping up to be the best year yet for cruising at the Port of Cromarty Firth. We’re looking forward to welcoming 45 per cent more passengers than last year, which will mean the highest number on record and a value to the highland economy of around £14 million. Today’s visit by AIDAvita was a fantastic start to this.”