Island port targets further cruise liner activity
Bosses at Shetland’s largest port are eyeing more records for cruise liner activity in 2020, after this year’s season ended.
Carrying more than 76,200 passengers, the total of 99 vessels that called at Lerwick in 2019 was eight more than the record set last year.
The season ended earlier this week with the departure of Fred Olsen Cruises’ Black Watch.
Bookings for next year will potentially break three records, with 105 cruise liners, amassing more than four million gross tonnes, scheduled to call. The number of passengers is expected to rise to 92,000.
Lerwick Port Authority’s cruise and marketing manager, Melanie Henderson, said: “The signs are very positive for growth again next year with an encouraging number of cruise lines scheduling repeat calls in the season and three new cruise lines visiting for the first time – Carnival, Mystic and Tui.”
Lerwick’s 2019 cruise season had a number of cancellations because of external factors, such as weather and operational changes.
Ms Henderson added: “Call-offs to scheduled visits are disappointing for the passengers and everyone involved onshore, particularly when the causes are beyond our control.
“Lerwick and Shetland’s reputation as a must-see destination is as strong as ever, with a number of accolades in 2019 and bookings up to four years ahead.”
Fred Olsen Cruises’ Black Watch in Lerwick harbour