Cruise ship visit a welcome boost for local economy, says councillor
MORE THAN 1,000 people arrived in Fort William when a 30,000 tonne cruise ship stopped off in the town.
‘Adonia’ docked at the edge of Loch Linnhe as part of a 13 day tour of the British Isles.
The vessel brought more than 800 people and almost 400 crew members to Lochaber last Thursday.
Highland councillor and Lochaber area leader, Thomas MacLennan, welcomed the visit.
He said: ‘It’s great that a vessel the size of Adonia made a visit to Lochaber as part of its itinerary and I am sure the passengers and crew really enjoyed the dramatic scenery as they travelled along the loch.
‘ With an average passenger spend of around £40 to £ 50, the visit gives a welcome additional boost to the local tourism economy.
‘Some visitors went on shore excursions and others visited the town, so this ensured the benefit was widely spread across Lochaber.’
Mr MacLennan and Highland council are working with other cruse line companies to try and bring more vessels of this size to Fort William to boost the tourism economy.
The Adonia departed on Thursday afternoon after passengers enjoyed a rare sunny day in Fort William.
The 30,000 tonne cruise vessel, Adonia, docked in Fort William last week as part of a 13 day tour
of the British Isles.