Invergordon is a port town located in Cromarty Firth, Easter Ross (Northern Highlands, Scotland). Invergordon is officially ranked Scotland's largest cruise port. Inverness is located to the southeast, at approx 24 ml (39 km) or at around 30 min travel distance (via A9 Road).
Port Invergordon is operated by "Port of Cromarty Firth" (abbrev POCF). According to the Port Authority, 2017's passenger influx injected into Highland Scotland's economy over GBP 14 million. Port's cruising season starts in April and ends in late-November - early-December. Port's largest cruise liner so far is MSC Meraviglia (GT 171600 tons, LOA length 315 m, max capacity 5400 passengers) which berthed on May 1, 2018.
- Season 2016's port statistics showed 97,993 cruise passengers handled during 63 ship calls to Invergordon.
- Season 2017's projections were for a record-breaking year with around 45% increase in visiting cruise ship tourists. Based on pre-booked ship calls (91), the port expected over 142,000 passengers and maiden calls by MSC Preziosa, CMV Columbus, MS Hamburg, Seabourn Quest, MS Europa 2, Marella Celebration. The first port call in 2017 was by the AIDA Cruises vessel AIDAvita (on April 12) carrying around 1200 passengers. Season 2017 ended with the Fred Olsen ship Black Watch (on December 3) carrying around 800 passengers.
- In 2018, the cruise port handled 171,000 passengers and received bigger-sized liners, with scheduled maiden calls by Viking Ocean (Viking Sun and Viking Sky). For 2019 were scheduled 12 maiden port calls.
Among the nearby popular tourist attractions are Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle ruins. The nearby Inverness is another major cruise tourist destination to explore Scottish history. Other destinations are the 15th century Cawdor Castle, the 13th century Dunrobin Castle (with Earls of Sutherland family memorabilia). Also close to Invergordon is the resort town Tain. Visitors can also travel north to the Glenmorangie Distillery (overlooking Dornoch Firth) and then continue to Dornoch.
Invergordon cruise terminal
In 2018, Port Invergordon launched for local tourism businesses the "Cruise and Crew Club" for improving customer services and developing port's shore excursion program.
Changes in 2017 included adding new bollards and upgrades to port’s fresh water supply system. There are plans for USD 30 million port expansion project for building a new cruise berth, adding 215 m (705 ft) of berthing space to the current Berth 5. With planned completion in 2020, the project will result in extended pier to 369 m (1211 ft) allowing the port to dock even world's largest liners of Royal Caribbean's Oasis-Class (LOA length 362 m, GT 228,000 tons, max passengers 6370).
Port Invergordon 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 Invergordon, 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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