Greenock-Glasgow (Clydeport, Scotland)

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Greenock-Glasgow cruise port

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Greenock is a major port city located at the entrance to Firth of Clyde on Scotland's western coast. The port (officially Clydeport) is also the cruise port to Glasgow - Scotland's largest city, with population over 600,000 (metro 2,3 million). Greenock City has population around 50,000. It was originally established as a herring fishing port, which in the 19th-20th centuries developed shipbuilding industry.

Port Greenock (Scotland) cruise port to Glasgow

The Peel Ports-managed Clydeport (locode GBGRK) has a deepwater quay, no tidal or lock restrictions, and is accessible the whole year-round to vessels of all sizes. The cruise port's statistical data shows it handled just 20,253 passengers in 2007. In 2014, their number was 92,678.

Port Greenock (Scotland) cruise port to Glasgow

On July 12, 2015, UK’s biggest passenger liner MV Britannia (P&O UK) docked in Port Greenock as part of a 12-day British Isles itinerary (visiting ports in Ireland, Channel Islands, and the UK). The ship berthed at Ocean Terminal at 5 pm, with around 3600 passengers. The arrival marked a record year for the cruise port, becoming Scotland's first to handle over 100,000 cruisers in a single year (14% increase over 2014). In 2015, Clydeport received a total of 56 cruise ship calls and handled 108,866 tourists. It was estimated that each cruise tourist contributed ~GBP 80 to the local economy. The 108,866 passengers in 2015 brought GBP 8,7 million (EUR 12,4 million) to the local economy.

Port Greenock works in partnership with Inverclyde Tourist Group (local tour operator) greeting disembarking passengers and offering tour and travel information at the cruise terminal. The memorable dockside experience is also marked by Glasgow's cow mascot Hamish.

Inverclyde Tourist Group organizes unique land tours guided by local knowledgeable volunteers. Each tour (with duration about 2 hours) starts and ends at Greenock Ocean Terminal. The company offers three different tours (starting from 9:15 am onwards) by using small coaches. Bookings can be made through the company's website and also at the cruise terminal (via its tartan-clad volunteers or call at its ticket desk at the terminal). The 3 tour options include Greenock (city tour), Gourock (countryside scenic tour) and Port Glasgow and Newark Castle (shipbuilding and sugar manufacturing in Port Glasgow, and to Newark Castle / owned by Historic Scotland).

Clydeport is visited by a great number of cruise shipping companies, including PrincessRCI-Royal Caribbean, MSC, Cunard, P&O UKFred OlsenHolland America, DCL-Disney (maiden call in 2015). Greenock is homeport to Hebridean Island Cruises (UK-based luxury travel company). Its ship (Hebridean Princess) has been chartered twice by HM Elizabeth II.

In April 2019, for 2 weeks in Clydeport were homeported 35 warships, 5 submarines and 59 aircraft (planes and helicopters) plus over 10,000 military personnel from 13 countries as part of a major NATO maritime training exercise. "Exercise Joint Warrior" was controlled and directed from HM Naval Base Clyde's Maritime Operations Centre and conducted along Scotland's west coast.

Following the Coronavirus crisis, in 2022 the cruise port had booked 74 ship calls and handled ~140,000 passengers plus ~35,000 crew. Also in 2022 was officially inaugurated the new dedicated to cruise operations pontoon. In late-June 2022, Peel Ports ordered two new STS (ship-to-shore) cranes for Clydeport's 1969-opened Greenock Ocean Terminal, representing a GBP 17 million investment in infrastructure development. The terminal (Scotland’s deepest) serves mainly mid-sized boxships and currently has annual capacity ~60,000 TEU-containers (~1/3 of Scotland's total TEU volume).

Greenock-Glasgow cruise terminal

Greenock cruise ship terminal (officially "Greenock Ocean Terminal") is owned by Peel Ports (UK's largest port operator). The facility features a waterfront walkway connecting to downtown (at approx 5-min easy walking distance). In the early 2016, the cruise terminal was expanded by a GBP 14 million port development project.

Greenock cruise ship terminal

The Esplanade/waterfront promenade offers spectacular views over River Clyde. Taxis at the cruise port are also available. Lyle Hill's viewpoint features vistas of Argyll Hills, Gareloch, Holy Loch, Loch Long, Loch Goil, and a number of Munros on clear days.

From Port Greenock, Glasgow City can be reached by train (leaving every 20 min). Travel time (by road or rail) is 35 min. To the nearest railway station is around a 10-min walk. Glasgow is an interesting tourist destination for cruisers and is just 35-min drive distance from Port Greenock. The city is compact and easily walkable. It offers a true taste of Scotland and boasts a range of popular attractions and architecture.

The cruise terminal's/Greenock Ocean Terminal's building houses tourist information areas, restrooms, currency exchange, several vendors. The local tour company Inverclyde had a dedicated seating area (in the middle) where tour information and maps are provided. Passengers can also sign up for the complimentary bus tours - led by local volunteers, and free of charge.

Traditionally, after docking, at the terminal cruise tourists are greeted by bagpipers performing popular tunes.

  • The Terminal's address is "Greenock Ocean Terminal, Patrick Street, Greenock, PA16 8UU".
  • Terminal's phone number is +44 (0) 1475 726 171.

Among the visiting vessels in 2015 was RMS Queen Mary 2 as part of Cunard Line's 175th-anniversary celebrations. The liner docked at Greenock Ocean Terminal on May 21st. To mark the arrival, Peel Ports commissioned a commemorative tartan (traditional patterned cloth) that was officially presented to Cunard at the onboard gala dinner and Captain's cocktail reception.

Greenock Ocean Terminal (Queen Mary 2 cruise ship)

During summer, from both Greenock and Glasgow are offered regularly scheduled Scottish voyages on PS Waverley - the world's oldest (only one) original and still operational paddle-wheel steamship.

PS Waverley paddle steamer cruise ship

(NEW) Peel Ports Greenock Ocean Cruise Terminal

In July 2019 was proposed a GBP 19,193 million "Greenock Ocean Terminal" project, jointly-funded by Greenock City and Peel Ports (subsidiary of The Peel Groupfka Peel Holdings) - Greater Manchester-headquartered infrastructure, transport and real estate investment corporation (one of UK's largest investment companies) that owns several holdings (land/and property, transport/logistics, energy, retail, media).

For the new terminal, Glasgow (Inverclyde Council) approved funding of GBP 9,693 million (EUR 10,92M) from the city's overall GBP 1 billion annual budget. The balance is to be paid by Peel Ports (UK's largest seaport terminal operator company, GBP 8 million / EUR 8,93 M) and The George Wyllie Foundation (2012-founded non-profit) through Dunard Trust (GBP 1,5 million / EUR 1,67 M).

 

The port development project was initially scheduled for completion in summer 2020. However, due to the COVID crisis, the project was delayed and Greenock Ocean Terminal was completed and inaugurated in 2022. With the new facility, the expected annual cruise tourist traffic is ~150,000 (pax/crew), with estimated GBP 26 million in annual cruise spending ashore (passengers and crew).

The new berth has length 200 m (656 ft) and capacity to hande the world's largest passenger ships via a floating pontoon. The pontoon is made of four 1000-ton concrete caissons, pre-constructed at Inchgreen Drydock (Port Glasgow) then towed to the new passenger terminal and secured to piles driven into the seabed. At the new dock can berth vessels with max LOA length 340 m (1115 ft). The pontoons have height 5 m, width 8 m, and length 44 m (two structures) and 56 m (the other two). The pontoons are of steel-reinforced concrete filled with polystyrene for buoyancy.

The arriving cruise tourists disembark the ship onto the pontoon and then enter the modern terminal building.

Port Greenock-Glasgow cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Greenock-Glasgow, Clydeport, Scotland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
30 April, 2023
Sunday
TUI Cruises Cruises cruise lineMein Schiff 307:0019:00
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