Cruise ship visit to Eyemouth helps show potential for Berwick
A cruise ship with capacity for 260 passengers is to call at Berwickshire later this month.
The Silversea cruise ship MS. Silver Cloud is scheduled to call at Eyemouth on the morning of Friday, May 31, and departs later that day for Hull.
Passengers will be landed by tender at the Middle Pier pontoon and from there they have the choice of a number of land excursions to St Abbs Head, Floors Castle and Abbotsford House or exploring Eyemouth.
The visit is a reminder of the potential for Berwick to make inroads into the cruises market.
Berwick Harbour Commission is currently trying to develop the town as a cruise ship destination and has been carrying out a £2million renovation of its jetty which includes the installation of pontoons in the harbour for cruise ship passengers.
Last month, it was revealed that major cruise agents have visited the town to have a look at it. These cruise agents are coordinating 1,900 cruise ship visits a year to the UK for Royal Caribbean, Viking, Disney, Sovereign, MSC with the most interest being shown by Fred Olsen.
The SilverSea 12- day cruise from Dublin to London (Tower Bridge) leaves Dublin on May 23, and calls at Iona, Lunga, Oban, Mallaig, Portree, St Kilda, Kirkwall, Lerwick, Noss Island, Aberdeen, Eyemouth, Hull, Ramsgate and London.
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The Silversea is due to berth in the bay around 6,30am, and passengers will be brought ashore to Eyemouth’s middle pier pontoon at around 7.30am.
A Local Notice to Mariners (No.9 of 2019) has been issued by Eyemouth Harbour Trust ahead of the visit regarding access and road closures around the visit.
The cruise ship is the third to stop at Eyemouth since it became an accredited post of call for cruise ships in 2012.
The first cruise ship to visit the Berwickshire port was the Noble Caledonia’s MS Island Sky and she returned to Eyemouth in 2015.
Last year, The Silver Cloud was due to visit but poor weather conditions meant passengers were unable to come ashore.