Highest number of passengers ever through Port in one day
Published: May 9th 2017
The Port of Cromarty Firth welcomed over 6,600 cruise passengers to the Highlands today; the highest number ever in one day.
Two large liners, the Caribbean Princess, carrying 3,109 passengers, and the MSC Preziosa, carrying 3,493 passengers, docked today in the Port in Invergordon. This is 20% higher than the previous passenger footfall record, set in April 2016, when three liners visited the Port in one day.
The cruise passengers spread out across the Highlands, visiting a wide range of tourist attractions ,including: Cawdor Castle, Dunrobin Castle, Dornoch, Rogie Falls and Silverbridge, Glenmorangie Distillery, and Inverness, as well as a cruise on the iconic Loch Ness. These passengers boosted the regional economy by around £660,000 in a single day and made up approximately 4.6% of the passengers visiting the Highlands this year through the Port.
Captain Iain Dunderdale, Cruise Manager of the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “It has been fantastic to welcome two the of the world’s largest cruise ships and 6,600 passengers to the Port today. Over the years, there has been a steady increase in the number of passengers visiting Invergordon and this year we expect around 142,000. With its deep water, the Port of Cromarty Firth is one of only two ports in the Highlands and Islands able to accommodate the very biggest cruise ships.”
Bob Buskie, Chief Executive of the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “The cruise sector has a crucial role to play in the Cromarty Firth area and across the Highlands, supporting jobs in a wide number of industries, including: tour guides, shipping agents, ground handling staff, transport providers and employees in local distilleries, golf clubs and the hospitality industry.
The trust port is focusing this year on ensuring that even more businesses and organisations in the Highlands benefit from the cruise industry. It has organised workshops and introduced businesses to the ground handlers that organise shore excursions for cruise passengers. As a direct result, new excursion itineraries have been added this year.