As a cruise destination, Scotland is undoubtedly up there with the best. Breathtaking scenery, stunning cities, haunting history, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and a variety of ports large and small make Scotland the perfect cruise destination. Scotland's cruise ports are ideally located for inclusion in Britain and Ireland itineraries, transatlantic re-positioning, or for combining with cruises to Iceland, Faroe Islands or the Norwegian Fjords and Europe.
The Port of Cromarty Firth (PoCF), in the Scottish Highlands, is preparing to welcome record numbers of passengers and ships during the 2023 cruise liner season, which will get under way at the start of next month (April).
One of Scotland’s main cruise ports is set to experience its busiest year since records began. Greenock Ocean Terminal has 91 cruise liners booked into the Inverclyde town’s new dedicated pontoon across 2023 – a rise of over 25 per cent on last year.
Cruise ship calls in 2023 for Forth Ports’ Capital Cruising business on Scotland’s east coast are set to jump by 50%, with around 150 (2022: 100) cruise ships, carrying an estimated 225,000 passengers, expected to visit Edinburgh, Fife and Dundee this year.
Maiden visits also a feature of 2023 season … A combination of repeat visits and maiden calls at Lerwick Harbour will contribute to what is expected to the busiest cruise season yet at the Shetland port in 2023. There are currently 145 ships booked to call, representing around 6.
Cromarty Firth cruise ship calls hit a new record … as industry bounces back after pandemic … A record number of cruise ships visited the Port of Cromarty Firth (PoCF), in the Scottish Highlands, this year, as the industry recovered rapidly in the wake of Covid-19.