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Cruise passengers step ashore on the new pontoons at Lerwick's Victoria Pier. Photo LPA
Lerwick Harbour is expecting to welcome tourists from 130 cruise ships this year.

LERWICK will have to wait a little longer for the first cruise ship of the year after tomorrow’s (Thursday) arrival of Viking Venus was cancelled.

Operator Viking Cruises called off the visit due to weather in the North Sea.

But the ship is due to call at Lerwick on Monday (7 February) as previously planned.

This will kick off the earliest start to a cruise season in Shetland.

Meanwhile there is a bumper list of planned cruise arrivals in 2022, with a record 130 visits in the schedule.

There will be a few calls in February and March before things will ramp up in April with 11 visits.

But it will get even busier in the summer months, and there are several instances where three ships will be in Lerwick on the same day.

There are also a number of maiden visits in the schedule, such as the 306m Celebrity Apex, which can carry more than 3,000 passengers, and the 299.6m Rotterdam.

The last cruise visit of the year is scheduled for 5 October.