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

Record-breaking cruise season at Lerwick includes multiple visits

Published: June 21st 2019

A quartet of cruise ships arrived in Lerwick Harbour today (Friday 21 June 2019).

In an early morning rush, Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Astor arrived from Bremerhaven, Germany, P&O’s Oriana from Torshavn, Faroe, and Holland American Line’s Zuiderdam from Reykjavik, Iceland, all before 10am, with Windstar Cruises Star Breeze arriving at lunchtime from Aalesund, Norway.

Carrying around 4,200 passengers on board the four vessels, Astor and Star Breeze berthed at Mair’s Pier East and Holmsgarth 5 respectively, with Oriana and Zuiderdam at anchor. Astor will depart for Akureyri, Iceland, with the others heading for Scottish ports.

It is the second time this season Lerwick has attracted four-in-a-day, with a quartet of small cruise vessels in port a few weeks ago.

Lerwick Port Authority Cruise Manager, Melanie Henderson, said: “Single-ship visits are still the norm, but there are, increasingly, days when more than one are booked. In addition to the four today, there are 26 days this season with two or more cruise vessels, out of the 83 days when ships are scheduled.

“It is unusual to have four ships in one day, although we do have the capacity to handle multiple calls simultaneously, both alongside and at anchor, which is complemented by highly-developed shore-side and welcome services, with an expanded network of visitor attractions.”

Shetland was named recently in travel authority Lonely Planet’s latest top ten of must-see European destinations for 2019, the only UK location included.

The 11 maiden cruise visits expected at Lerwick in 2019 include MSC Preziosa, the largest of the year at 139,072 gross tonnes and capacity for over 3,500 passengers due on 25 July, and Queen Victoria, the first Cunard vessel to visit Lerwick, on 31 July.  A record-breaking 106 cruise ships are scheduled to visit this season.

A busy day at Lerwick Harbour, Shetland, with Cruise & Maritime Voyages Astor (foreground left),  Windstar Cruises Star Breeze (berthed centre beyond ferry), Holland America Line’s Zuiderdam (middle left at anchor) and P&O Oriana (far right at anchor in Briewick). Credit: Shetland Flyer Aerial Media/Rory Gillies.