AROUND one third of the guests on the Marella Explorer 2 came ashore for excursions after the cruise ship docked in Lerwick this morning (Monday).
The ship is much larger than the two smaller cruise liners which have visited Lerwick over the past week, with Lerwick Port Authority saying there were 800 guests on board.
However, this is still only half of her usual capacity of 1,800-plus. She is making her maiden visit to Lerwick.
Lerwick Port Authority’s cruise and marketing manager Melanie Henderson said: “Marella Explorer 2 is another excellent example of the lengths cruise line operators are implementing to protect passengers and crew and the communities visited.
“Marella have meticulously planned Covid-19 procedures both onboard and throughout their shore arrangements.
“Great cooperation by islanders is making a major contribution to the success of procedures being implemented onshore to ensure the safe restart. We are looking forward to the rest of the visits planned this season and better things to come next year, with increasing input to the Shetland economy.”
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 530 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News