Scrabster cruises into busy season

4th May 2011 from Press & Journal, Aberdeen

Scrabster Harbour Trust has embarked on its busiest cruise season.
Yesterday’s arrival on the Quest was the second of 12 luxury ships scheduled this summer.
The trust continues to make slow but steady headway as it tries to emulate established north cruise destinations such as Invergordon and Oban.

This year, the trade is expected to generate a record of more than 5,000 passengers.
Trust chairman William Calder said: “Scrabster sees its cruise business as an important and growing activity for the port.
“We have now been marketing the cruise lines for six years and the steady growth in vessel and passenger numbers is evidence that these efforts are bearing fruit.  The vessels are generally increasing in size and it is encouraging to note that our activities will bring almost 6,000 visitors into the county this summer.”

Mr Calder said that in addition to organised shore excursions, many passengers visit Thurso, thereby providing a valuable injection of income to the area.
He said it was very encouraging to see how busy Thurso was from the 659 passengers and crew of the Ocean Countess, the first liner of its season.
The trust is also working with the newly appointed local town centre development officer to further increase spin-offs to local traders.

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