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).
The Peel Ports-managed Clydeport has a deep-water quay, no tidal or lock restrictions, and is accessible the whole year-round to ships of all sizes. Greenock has population around 50,000. It was originally established as a herring fishing port, which in the 19th-20th centuries developed shipbuilding industry.
According to CLIA data (abbrev "Cruise Lines International Association"), each cruise passenger contributes around GBP 80 to the local economy.
The port's statistical data shows in handled just 20,253 passengers in 2007. In 2014, their number was 92,678.
On July 12, 2015, UK’s biggest passenger ship MV Britannia (P&O Cruises UK) docked in Port Greenock as part a 12-night British Isles cruise itinerary (visiting ports in Ireland, Channel Islands and the UK). The ship berthed at the Ocean Terminal at 5 pm, with around 3600 passengers. Its arrival marked a record year for the cruise port, becoming Scotland's first seaport to handle over 100,000 cruise tourists in a single year (14% increase over 2014). In 2015, Clydeport received a total of 56 cruise ship calls and handled 108,866 passengers. 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 lines, including Princess, RCI-Royal Caribbean, MSC, Cunard, P&O UK, Fred Olsen, Holland America, CMV (Cruise Maritime Voyages), 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.
Greenock 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 the facility to the city center (approx 5-min easy walk). In early 2016, the cruise terminal was expanded by a GBP 14 million port development project.
The Esplanade offers spectacular views over River Clyde. Taxis at the cruise port are also available. The viewpoint at Lyle Hill features vistas of Argyll Hills, Gareloch, Holy Loch, Loch Long and 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. The nearest railway station is at around 10-min walking distance. Glasgow is an interesting tour destination for cruisers and is located just at 35-min drive distance from the Greenock port. The city is compact and easily walkable. It offers a true taste of Scotland and boasts a range of popular attractions and architecture.
- Greenock port's cruise terminal is named "Greenock Ocean Terminal". Its building has 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. There passengers can also sign up for the complimentary bus tours. These tours are lead by local volunteers, and free of charge.
- Traditionally, after docking, at the terminal cruise ship tourists are greeted by bagpipers performing popular tunes.
- 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 ship docked at the Greenock Ocean Terminal on May 21. To mark the liner's arrival, the terminal's operator Peel Ports commissioned a commemorative tartan, which was officially presented to Cunard at the onboard gala dinner and Captain's reception.
During summer, from both Greenock and Glasgow are offered regularly scheduled Scottish cruises on PS Waverley - world's oldest (only one) original and still operational paddle-wheel steamship.
Port Greenock 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, Scotland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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The Greenock cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland.
If you lose the Greenock location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
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