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Lerwick Harbour completes successful cruise season

Lerwick Harbour has wrapped up its most successful cruise season to date, setting new records for the cruise sector at the Shetland port.

The 2023 cruise program closed on Wednesday 27 September 2023 with the arrival of AIDA Cruise’s AIDAsol, the 129th and final ship of the season, a new high for the Shetland port.

AIDAsol arrived from Bergen, Norway carrying 2,142 passengers en route to Invergordon. The port welcomed a total of 19 maiden calls, the most yet in a single season.

New operators for this season include Explora Journeys and Swan Hellenic.

Lerwick Port Authority Cruise and Marketing Manager, Melanie Henderson, said:

“The successful performance of our marine tourism sector on three overlapping fronts has made it a year like no other.

“The Shetland supply chain, the islanders with their warm welcome, stakeholders and our staff deserve the highest praise for their efforts.

“The favourable impression made on cruise operators means there are already 160 vessels booked for 2024, with the schedule yet to be finalised, and another busy yachting season is anticipated as we continue to develop marine tourism.”

Photo: MSC Fantasia at Lerwick in August 2023; she was one of the largest vessels to visit Shetland. (Nicholas Leach)

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