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Canadian couple sail into port’s record books

Greenock couplePaul and Anita Wong from Ontario, Canada, found themselves the centre of attention when their cruise liner, Regal Princess, sailed into Greenock Ocean Terminal.

They were the 100,000th passengers to pass through the facility – marking the first time a Scottish port had handled so many arrivals in a year.

Regal Princess is one of a record-breaking 108,866 passengers on board 56 ships expected to arrive into Greenock this year, a 14% increase on the previous 12 months.

Owner of the terminal Peel Ports believes that the record-breaking year marks a renaissance in the cruise market in Scotland.

The arrival of ships such as the Queen Mary II liner as part of Cunard’s 175th anniversary celebrations, together with Britannia, the newest addition to the P&O Cruises fleet, have helped boost Greenock’s passenger numbers.

Since 2007 the number of visitors calling at Greenock have more than quadrupled from 20,253 to 92,678 in 2014.

The cruise industry makes a significant contribution to Scotland’s regional and local economies. Based on conservative estimates, each passenger contributes £80 to the local economy.

If Greenock Cruise Terminal achieves its projected number, it will add than £10 million to the local economy.

Director, Andrew Hemphill said: “Welcoming our 100,000th passenger marks a landmark year for Greenock as we become the first Scottish port ever to do so.

“But we are still only three quarters of the way through the year and there are still plenty more ships scheduled to call at the terminal, bringing a further 8,000 passengers with them.”

 

 

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