Highland port doubles population thanks to cruise visits

Posted by The Cruise Specialists on 10 May, 2017.

The Highland port of Invergordon has enjoyed its busiest day ever as both Caribbean Princess and MSC Preziosa arrived on 9 May, more than doubling the population of the small town!

Between them, both cruise ships brought more than 6,600 passengers, 20 percent higher than the previous record foot-fall for the town set in April last year when three ships visited in the same day.

Invergordon is perfectly situated as the "Gateway to the Highlands", with local tourist attractions including Cawdor Castle; Dunrobin Castle; Dornoch; Rogie Falls and Silverbridge; Glenmorangie Distillery; Inverness; and Loch Ness.

Captain Iain Dunderdale, the port's Cruise Manager , said: “It has been fantastic to welcome two the of the world’s largest cruise ships and 6,600 passengers to the Port today. Over the years, there has been a steady increase in the number of passengers visiting Invergordon and this year we expect around 142,000. With its deep water, the Port of Cromarty Firth is one of only two ports in the Highlands and Islands able to accommodate the very biggest cruise ships.”

The visit is a reminder of how important tourist traffic is for many of the UK's port towns - it is estimated that this one day boosted the regional economy by around £660,000.

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