Cruise Europe

02/20/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/20/2023 02:56

Cruiseship calls up 50% and sustainable initiatives being implemented in Edinburgh and Dundee

Monday, February 20, 2023 - 09:35 by ce-press

Cruiseship calls in 2023 for Forth Ports' Capital Cruising business on Scotland's east coast are set to jump by 50%, with around 150 (2022:100), carrying an estimated 225,000 passengers, expected to visit Edinburgh and Dundee and the surrounding area this year.

Rob Mason, head of cruise for Capital Cruising in Scotland, comments: "The Cruise Europe Conference in Edinburgh last year was hugely successful in boosting our profile and supporting our growth at a crucial time when the industry restarted in earnest last year."

The 2023 season begins on April 11 with the arrival of Viking Venus into the deep anchorage near Newhaven with passengers visiting the attractions of Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh.

The ships will sail directly into the Port of Leith, Rosyth and Dundee's cruise berth as well as to anchorages in the River Forth for Newhaven and South Queensferry.

The 2023 Dundee season will see a bumper year for the city with 14 cruise calls booked, starting on May 13 with the arrival of Ambition. In 2022, the port welcomed four cruise ships.

The 2022 season welcomed over 100 cruise calls and 26 inaugural ship visits to Scotland.

The Tallink Victoria 1 Cruise Ferry which is currently being provided by the Scottish government as safe accommodation for displaced people from Ukraine, is the first cruise vessel to receive a shorepower connection within the Imperial Dock in the Port of Leith.

By switching to shore power, the vessel is now able to switch off all of its fossil fuel powered generators, and with Forth Ports' electricity being provided through non fossil fuel generation, this is a significant step forward on the journey to net zero for the port.

Commenting, Rob Mason, head of cruise Forth Ports, says: "It is brilliant to see the cruise industry return so strongly and continue to grow this year and we are extremely pleased that we have provided the Victoria 1 Cruise Ferry with shore power."

In line with the cruise industry's commitment to sustainable tourism practices, EZ Bike Tours are now located next to the port providing environmentally-friendly electric bike tours of the city.