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Cruise ships in the Forth

For the second time in as many weeks Edinburgh has seen a cruise ship decide not to tender in to Newhaven due to high winds.

On 6 July Norwegian Star (91,740gt), with a passenger capacity of 2,813, departed the anchorage and headed for her next port, Lerwick, due to high winds.

On 12 July Regent’s Seven Seas Voyager (42,363gt), with a capacity of 777 passengers, headed back out of the estuary having arrived from Invergordon.

This is the first time that two cruise ships have had to abandon tendering into the old fishing port of Newhaven since it was first used in 2016.

The severe weather may bode ill for the future if climate forecasts of consistently stronger winds turn out to be accurate.

In contrast 5 July saw three cruises ships visiting: AIDAaura (1,300 passenger capacity) moored in Leith; Emerald Princess (3,679 passengers) tendered into Hawes Pier South Queensferry; and Viking Venus (930 passengers) tendered into Newhaven.

Report and photos by Iain McGeachy

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