Berwick looks on as cruise ship set to visit Eyemouth

Concerted efforts to market Eyemouth as a cruise ship destination are starting to pay off as a new cruise ship is scheduled to visit the port later this month.

Wednesday, 16th May 2018, 10:18 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th May 2018, 10:20 am
Cruise ship 'Hanseatic' anchored just outside Eyemouth.

The Silver Cloud is expected to berth in the bay off Fort Point first thing on the morning of Tuesday, May 29, and passengers will be brought ashore to the pontoon on Eyemouth’s middle pier.

The Berwickshire port is one of 15 calls the Silver Cloud will make on its 14-day voyage from Dublin to Tower Bridge, London.

Passengers coming ashore at Eyemouth will have the option of a number of excursions including Lindisfarne and Alnwick Castle, Floors Castle and St Abbs. Some passengers may also spend a few hours in the town.

The vessel, operated by Silversea Cruises, is expected to remain berthed in the bay until 5pm on the Tuesday, when she will sail south to Hull, then London.

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The first cruise ship to visit Eyemouth was MS Hanseatic, operated by Hapage Lloyd Cruises in 2015. She returned to the Berwickshire port again last year.

Berwick Harbour Commission is currently trying to develop the town as a cruise ship destination. It is carrying out a £2million renovation of its jetty which includes the installation of pontoons in the harbour for cruise ship passengers.

It has drafted a £325,000 bid to the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund to provide visitor facilities at Tweed Dock such as toilets, a lounge and refreshments area.