Port of Cromarty Firth ready to welcome a record number of cruise ships
The Port of Cromarty Firth is looking forward to another record-breaking year, as it brings more cruise ships and seaborne tourists to the north than ever before.
In the first full season since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, 115 vessels, carrying around 200,000 passengers, are scheduled to call at Invergordon.
The cruise industry has been estimated to contribute approximately £18million-a-year to the Highland economy and its return will bring a welcome boost to tourist attractions and other businesses across the Highlands that have been hit hard by the pandemic.
In the last full season before the pandemic, in 2019, a record total of 103 vessels and 167,000 passengers visited the Cromarty Firth.
The 2022 season is due to get underway on Tuesday, April 5, with the arrival of the Viking Venus, carrying 900 passengers and 460 crew.
The liner is one of 21 brand new vessels due to make their maiden calls at the Easter Ross port during the year.
Monday, July 25 is expected to be the busiest day of the season at Invergordon, with three ships using Port of Cromarty Firth (PoCF) dock facilities on the same day for the first time. The Mein Shiff 3, Ocean Odessy and the AIDAsol will bring a combined total of nearly 5,000 passengers and around 1,600 crew to the area.
The Emerald Princess, due to make its maiden call in May and a number of return visits, will be the largest liner to visit the Port during the year, carrying 3,300 passengers.
The season will be longer than in previous years, drawing to a close on October 9, when the Norwegian Dawn, with 2,500 passengers and 1,100 crew, is scheduled to visit.
Port of Cromarty Forth, Cruise Manager, Alison McGuire, said: “It’s very exciting to once again be looking forward to a full and busy cruise season here.