A RECORD 112 cruise ship visits to Lerwick are in the schedule for next year, the town’s port authority has said.
It comes after the truncated 2021 season came to an end on Tuesday following the departure of the Island Sky.
The ship, which had 93 passengers on board, was also the first cruise to visit Shetland earlier this year after a 17-month ban on liners arriving into Scottish ports.
This year’s season should have closed today (Wednesday) with the arrival of Crystal Endeavour on her maiden visit, but the call was cancelled at short notice by the operator due to adverse weather conditions en route.
Lerwick Port Authority’s cruise and marketing manager Melanie Henderson said: “The return of Island Sky concludes the successful, initial phase of rebuilding cruise traffic at Lerwick in the wake of Covid.
“It is disappointing to have the season cut even shorter at the last minute, but we look forward to welcoming Crystal Endeavour in the future.
“We have seen six maiden visits, repeat calls and operators new to the port, with the smooth restoration giving confidence for more activity next year and getting back to more normal levels.”
This year saw over 685,000 gross tonnes of cruise shipping and around 8,600 passengers travel to Lerwick.
The vessel count was less than a fifth of what was originally scheduled.
Henderson said, however, that the reintroduction of cruises provided a boost to the local tourism sector.
For 2022 over four million gross tonnes of shipping is scheduled.
But the port authority said changes can be anticipated as cruise lines firm up their itineraries around the “evolving global situation and easing of restrictions”.
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 490 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