Island Sky is the first cruise ship to visit Scotland since COVID crisis

   July 19, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

The first cruise ship to call a Scottish port since the start of the COVID crisis arrived on Monday, July 19.

MS Island Sky berthed at Lerwick Harbour (Mainland Shetland, Scotland) after arriving in Shetland waters on Sunday, July 18.

The ship’s arrival comes as COVID restrictions ease and the reopening of Scottish ports to cruise ships on UK-only voyages can go ahead.

Passengers coming ashore in Lerwick are to travel in “bubbles” of up to 15.

All the ship's passengers are double vaccinated.

COVID measures are in place in order to protect everyone involved during cruise ship calls. These measures meet all official requirements and complement the comprehensive steps taken by cruise ship operators which set some of the highest standards in the tourism industry.

Island Sky is said to be the first cruiser to visit Scotland since the start of the pandemic.

Island Sky cruise ship

MS Island Sky belongs to Noble Caledonia's fleet, together with the liners Caledonian Sky and Hebridean Sky. The 1992-launched vessel was originally built (as "Renaissance 8") for Renaissance Cruises (1989-founded/2001-defunct). The ship is also seasonally chartered by Quark Expeditions.

In 2017, Quark started an all-inclusive fly-cruise program on the chartered from Noble Caledonia ship Island Sky.