QM2 Visit marks record year for Greenock
One of the world’s largest ocean liners, The Queen Mary 2, will sail into Greenock on Thursday 21st May to mark the long and historic link between the Cunard and the Clyde, as part of Cunard’s 175th anniversary celebrations.
Her arrival is part of a record breaking year for Greenock Ocean Terminal, where she will berth for the evening. Greenock is set to become the first Scottish port to break the 100,000 passenger ceiling.
A total of 56 ships are expected to call at the port this year, bringing 108,866 passengers to Greenock. Over the past eight years passenger numbers calling at Greenock have more than quadrupled.
In 2007 just 20,253 passengers passed through the port compared to 92,678 in 2014.
Owners of the terminal, Peel Ports believes the Queen Mary 2’s visit marks a renaissance in the cruise market in Scotland which is becoming a destination of choice for thousands of passengers every year.
The cruise industry makes a significant contribution to Scotland’s economy. Based on conservative estimates, each passenger contributes £80 to the local economy. If Greenock Cruise Terminal achieves the projected 108,866 visitors this year, it will bring an estimated £8.7million to the local economy.
Andrew Hemphill, Peel Ports general manager at Greenock Ocean Terminal, said: “The Clyde has a long and proud history with Cunard – during the past two centuries almost half of Cunard’s ships were built on The Clyde, including the Britannia, Lusitania, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Elizabeth 2.
“We look forward to welcoming the iconic Queen Mary 2, to our terminal as part of Cunard’s 175th anniversary celebrations.
“The visit of Queen Mary 2 comes during a landmark year for Greenock Ocean Terminal, as we are witnessing a renaissance of the cruise market in Scotland where we are set to become the first Scottish port to handle 100,000 cruise passengers a year.
“Investment has been crucial to the success of Greenock allowing Peel Ports to create an award winning, welcoming and comfortable environment for passengers – the first experience thousands of overseas cruise passengers have of Scotland each year.
“It is a testament to the relationship we have built with Cunard that we will be a part of the celebrations, giving us a huge opportunity to showcase the Scottish cruise market to the rest of the world.”
To mark the Queen Mary 2’s arrival and to celebrate the link that Peel Ports has with Cunard, the operator has commissioned a special commemorative tartan, which will be presented to Cunard at the celebratory on board dinner and reception.
The Cunard o’ the Clyde tartan combines the signature colours of both companies and the historical connection each has with the Clyde.
Andrew added: “Year on year we are building the cruise business on the Clyde and by attracting such illustrious ships as the QM2 to Greenock we are continuing to raise awareness and increase people’s interest in taking a cruise to Scotland.
“We look forward to welcoming her into the port and offering her the best of Scottish hospitality.”