Greenock Ocean Terminal in Inverclyde, Scotland, is expecting to welcome a record-breaking 91 cruise calls in 2023, a 25 per cent increase from the previous year.
The ships will call at the town’s new dedicated pontoon throughout the season, bringing as many as 150,000 passengers to the port in total. One highlight of the season will be a maiden visit from MSC Cruises’ MSC Virtuosa.
“We’re extremely proud to be announcing a record cruise year for Greenock Ocean Terminal,” said Jim McSporran, Clydeport port director at Peel Ports, which owns and operates the port.
"Welcoming cruise liners to Greenock is a hugely important aspect of our port offering and we’re delighted that we continue to attract and grow cruise numbers to the region.
“This increase in tourism will benefit visitor attractions and businesses across Inverclyde and central Scotland, and we look forward to welcoming these visitors across the season.”
A new Greenock cruise ship visitor centre is also set to be completed in 2023. It will allow guests to learn more about the local area and is expected to provide a £26 million ($31.3 million) boost to the Scottish economy.
“While we can all look forward to seeing some of the largest and most luxurious ships grace these shores over the coming months, there are also economic opportunities there for local businesses as visitors look to discover Inverclyde and the many great things we have to offer,” said Stephen McCabe, leader of Inverclyde Council.