The cruising season of Lerwick Harbour (Shetland Scotlan) closed on Tuesday, October 1, with the year's 99th (final) cruise ship call (since March), 8 more than in 2018. Season's last liner was Fred Olsen's Black Watch (berthed at Holmsgarth 5) visiting Lerwick as part of a 13-night Norway cruise.
Bookings for 2020 will break 3 records - a total of 105 ship calls, an estimated 92,000 cruise tourists and 4+ million GT (gross tonnes) of cruise shipping. 13 maiden calls include two newbuilds - Ponant's superyacht Le Bellot and Saga'sSpirit of Adventure. Season 2020 includes a bigger number of mid-sized ships in comparison to 2019.
Lerwick’s 2019 season had several berthing cancellations due to operational changes and weather. Season's final passenger count is 76,200+ tourists.