Ambassador Ambition arrives in Glasgow (Scotland) to house Ukrainian refugees

   September 2, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

A second cruise ship that will house Ukrainian refugees arrived in Glasgow-Greenock (Clydeport, Scotland).

Ambassador Cruise Line's MS Ambition ship has been chartered by the Government of Scotland to provide accommodation for up to 1750 people in a total of 714 cabins.

MS Ambition will offer the same facilities as the first ship, Tallink Victoria I, which is currently docked in Leith-Edinburgh and has 739 staterooms to house between 1600-1700 refugees.

The two vessels have been chartered in a contract worth up to GBP 100 million.

Earlier this week, minister Neil Gray said he was working to maximize all options for long-term accommodation.

Berthed at King George V docks on the River Clyde, MS Ambition will offer restaurants, shops, kids' play facilities, and communal spaces.

MV Ambition cruise ship

Mr Gray, who is the minister with special responsibility for displaced Ukrainians, said that the Scottish Government was providing accommodation that was safe and sustainable while people were waiting to be matched to suitable longer-term accommodation.

“The arrival of the MS Ambition in Glasgow is a key part of that provision which means we are providing sanctuary to more displaced people per head of population than any other part of the UK."

The super sponsor scheme of the Scottish Government was paused in August, with the minister announcing a review was ongoing to ensure the long-term sustainability.