Forth Ports’ Capital Cruising has announced that cruise ship calls are set to jump up 50 percent in 2023, with around 150 cruise ships expected to visit the Scottish ports of Edinburgh, Fife and Dundee, according to a press release.
Rob Mason, head of cruise at Forth Ports, said: “It is brilliant to see the cruise industry return so strongly and continue to grow this year and we are extremely pleased that we have provided the Victoria 1 Cruise Ferry with shore power.
“Since the restart of the industry last year we have been working hard with the city, destination partners and the wider cruise industry to meet all of the industry’s challenges and deliver another success cruise season. We know that there are significant economic benefits to the country as hundreds of thousands of passengers visit our cities and we look forward to welcoming them this year.”
The 2023 season in Scotland will kick off on April 11 and the ports are expected to welcome a total of 225,000 passengers. The season will officially start with the arrival of Viking Cruises’ Viking Venus near Newhaven carrying thousands of passengers.
The 150 ships arriving in Scotland in 2023 will sail directly into the Port of Leith, Rosyth and Dundee’s cruise berth as well as anchorages in the River Forth for Newhaven and South Queensferry.
In 2023, the Dundee season will see a jump with 14 cruise calls booked, compared to the four cruise ships in 2022. The cruise season in Dundee will start May 13 with the arrival of Ambassador Cruise Line’s Ambition.
In 2022, the Scottish ports welcomed over 100 cruise calls and 26 inaugural ship visits as well as a further 62 ships visiting their London facilities.