Cruise season draws to an end at Greenock Ocean Terminal
The 2011 cruise season at Greenock Ocean Terminal has almost come to an end, bringing to a conclusion the most successful year on record at the Terminal. In total there will be 35 cruise calls this year, with two remaining calls from the luxury cruise vessel Hebridean Princess still to come in November. Over 57,000 visitors will have passed through the terminal by the end of this year, which represents a 192% increase in passenger numbers since 2007.
This growth can be contributed in part to the continued investment into the Terminal, which has seen it transformed into a welcoming and comfortable environment for all passengers, with upgraded facilities providing all the amenities required. The excellent facility coupled with the warm welcome that passengers receive from the Inverclyde Tourist Group ensures that all passengers have an enjoyable experience during their visit.
This year has seen the Terminal welcome several cruise ships on their maiden call into Greenock, such as Princess Cruise’s Dawn Princess and the AIDA Cruise’s AIDA Blu. Another first time visitor was Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, who was followed the following week by her sister ship, the QM2, returning to Greenock after her maiden call in 2009. Other vessels making return visits to Greenock included Princess Cruise’s Crown Princess and Holland America Line’s Prinsendam.
The Terminal successfully handled several embarkation calls, including Fred Olsen’s Boudicca, which involved over 800 passengers disembarking and collecting their luggage from the Terminal, making room for another 800 passengers to embark the vessel for a new cruise.
This year also saw the visit of the Tall Ships into Greenock, and locals and visitors alike were treated to a spectacular sight when Hapag Lloyd’s Europa led the traditional Parade of Sail at the end of the Tall Ships event. This procession, along with the spectacular Red Arrows display earlier in the day, will ensure that the passengers aboard the Europa will have fond memories of their visit to Greenock.
2012 is set to surpass this record year, with 40 cruise ships and 66,000 passengers due to arrive at the Terminal during the course of the year.