The Seabourn Sojourn called at the Port of Leith on 20 May opening what is expected to be Forth Ports’ busiest season.
Following Seabourn’s visit to the Edinburgh gateway, around 80 cruise liners carrying more than 80,000 passengers are expected to dock at Forth’s Leith, Rosyth and Dundee ports.
“We are delighted to welcome the Seabourn Sojourn to Leith to launch another busy cruise season. Our cruise business is growing each year, with an ever increasing of ship numbers calling at our ports and passenger numbers, with over 80,000 visitors expected this season,” said Forth Ports group CEO Charles Hammond. “The Port of Leith offers easy access to one of the most famous cities in the world, bringing significant economic benefit to Edinburgh and the City region. There is tremendous opportunity for us to grow our cruise business to help support Scotland’s important tourism industry.”
Launched in 2010, the Seabourn Sojourn is an 11-deck ship, with six-star facilities accommodating 450 passengers and 330 crew. The ship arrived in Leith as part of a 12-day ‘Celtic Cruise’ from Lisbon to Spain, Ireland and the United Kingdom, before heading to The Netherlands and finishing with a final call in Hamburg.
Commercial liners have been calling the Port of Leith since since the mid-1960s, with berthing options also available at Rosyth, Houndpoint and Dundee ports.