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

Port of Cromarty Firth Welcomes Britain’s Biggest Cruise Ship

The Port of Cromarty Firth is playing host to the superliner "Britannia", which is on its maiden voyage around the UK. Launched by the Queen in March, the 143,730-ton luxury ship is the largest in the P&O fleet. Britannia has 15 decks and is carrying 3,600 passengers and 1,400 officers and crew.

Britannia tied up alongside at 0900hrs on 9 July and will spend more than 12 hours in the Port. It will be the largest cruise ship to call at Invergordon during the 2015 season and is under the command of Captain Paul Brown.  Many passengers will enjoy specially arranged trips around the main tourist attractions in the Highlands, including Dunrobin Castle, Loch Ness, Glenmorangie Distillery and Cawdor Castle, amongst many.  The Invergordon Music & Dance Group will entertain passengers on board in the evening on the Lido deck. The Dornoch Pipe Band will be playing on the pier at 10pm when the ship departs.

Iain Dunderdale, Cruise Development Manager says: “The arrival of Britain’s biggest cruise ship shows that the Port is an important gateway to the Highlands for thousands of visitors. Britannia will be a huge boost to the economy in this area.”

"Britannia" berthed alongside Admiralty Pier at Port of Cromarty Firth"Britannia" berthed alongside Admiralty Pier at Port of Cromarty Firth

Bob Buskie, Chief Executive of Port of Cromarty Firth, also welcomed the news. He said: “We are delighted that the Britannia is making its maiden call to Invergordon. This year we are welcoming some of the world’s newest and largest cruise ships coming into Port, making use of the deepwater that we have to offer and the easy access to iconic Highland tourism destinations. The maiden visit by Britannia is really good news for everyone.”

The ship set sail from Southampton and is visiting South Queensferry, Invergordon, Kirkwall, Greenock, Liverpool, Dun Laoghaire and Cobh in Ireland, St. Peter Port before returning to Southampton.

Britannia is one of 57 cruise ships expected in the Port during the 2015 season, which is running from March to October. The Cromarty Firth cruise sector will boost the local economy by approximately £10 million.