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Double call set to kickstart Lerwick's season

Double call set to kickstart Lerwick's season
Lerwick Harbour’s cruise season launches at the double this week, with the arrival of the first two vessels of the year on Wednesday bringing 1,850 passengers to Shetland.  

En route from Andalnes, Norway, to Torshavn, Faroe, Saga Sapphire will anchor in the deep-water port while on a 12-nights Nordic Eclipse cruise, and Magellan will also anchor on her way from Invergordon, Scotland, to Reykjavik, Iceland, on a 12-nights Solar Eclipse maiden cruise.

There are 48 arrivals – including six maiden visits - currently scheduled by end-of-season on September 10, bringing an estimated 34,330 passengers.

May and June will be the busiest months, with 11 and 12 calls respectively. There will be two vessels on six days during the summer and three on a single day in May.

‘Fewer large vessels this year mean no new records, but, encouragingly, both 2015 and 2016 programmes include return visits and first-time calls and advance bookings for next season are already very positive, with the real potential to be a record-breaker,’ commented Captain Calum Grains, Lerwick Port Authority Harbourmaster and deputy chief Eexecutive.

Current bookings for 2016 so far add up to a record 51,950 passengers and 50 calls.