Record year for Rosyth cruises

Record year for Rosyth cruises

Cruise liner Black Watch has closed the cruise season in Rosyth, marking the end of the most successful year yet, and bringing news that 2017 is set to be even busier.

88 cruise ships visited the River Forth during the season, landing around 100,000 passengers from USA, Japan, Germany and the UK with some 33 ships calling at Rosyth. 

Speaking about the close of the cruise season, Peter Wilson, project manager for Cruise Forth, was keen to highlight the economic importance of the cruise season to Fife.

Wilson said: "With the help of Fife Council funded buses, taxis, local tour operators and excursion buses, passengers were able to explore Fife from Dunfermline to St Andrews.

"More and more local businesses are getting involved as they recognise the business opportunities that can be developed. Meanwhile, Fife is securing its place as a great tourism destination amongst UK and international visitors."

Fred. Olsen vessels which include the Black Watch and Boudicca are frequently seen under the Forth Bridge, and the cruise line already has increased bookings in for 2017 and 2018.

Clare Ward, senior commercial planning manager for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, added: "We would like to thank the team in Rosyth for helping to make our cruise season this year our busiest yet, and we are looking forward to building upon this success in 2017.

"Scotland continues to be an increasingly important market for Fred. Olsen, and we know that our guests enjoy the experience of sailing from Rosyth, with its iconic bridges and stunning scenery."   

Alistair Bruce, chair of the Fife Tourism Partnership, concluded: "Congratulations to all involved in yet another successful cruise season. 

"The tourism sector in Fife is increasingly diverse with visitors choosing to come for many different reasons. 

"This is a very positive message for businesses and the local economy. 

"I would encourage more businesses to get involved and see how they can benefit from the growing interest in the area."