Cruise Ship Spotting - New season of cruise ships arrives in the Forth this week

Tue 17 May 16

Personal welcome on board helps tourists feel more connected

Cruise ship spotting starts again in earnest this week with the first international cruise liner arriving in South Queensferry on Tuesday (17th May) and the first into Rosyth on Saturday (21st May).

The Caribbean Princess berths on Tuesday at South Queensferry bearing more than 3,000 international passengers. The passenger list highlights the majority of visitors come from USA and Canada, but also includes guests from Japan, Australia and the UK.

Peter Wilson, who runs the Cruise Forth project to develop tourism business with the cruise ships, will, for the first time, join the passengers on board the ship before they arrive. The new welcome process has been introduced this year by Princess Cruises to provide a personal greeting before the ship anchors beside the Forth Bridge. Peter joined the ship in Greenock and spent time talking to passengers about tourism opportunities across Fife and East Central Scotland.

He said:
"We know that cruise passengers are very diligent about researching their destinations and deciding what they would like to visit before they even get on board. This new welcome has been introduced to offer a personal touch, some individual anecdotes and comments that help visitors to connect with Fife, Edinburgh and East Central Scotland in a more memorable way. Other volunteers from the Cruise Forth project will share this role, too."

The Astor will arrive in Rosyth on Saturday 21st and the Cruise Forth volunteers will be on hand in the terminal to assist visitors explore the area.

Cruise Forth is now in its fourth year and has won two tourism awards.

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