Hanseatic Inspiration and Le Bellot

The Hebridean Princess, which the Queen travelled on in 2006 as part of a tour of the Western Isles, brought the total number of liners visiting the port to 61 for the year, an increase on the 57 pre-Covid, including 13 ships which visited Stornoway for the first time.

The Carnival Pride, operated by Carnival Cruise Line, was the largest ship that docked this year. A stunning sight on her maiden visit, The Carnival Pride measured in at 292m and carried over 1,000 passengers.

Over 100 bookings have already been made for the next season as Stornoway Port Authority looks to build upon this year’s success. The port will now carry out a review of this season with cruise stakeholders ahead of announcing further plans for 2023.

Bookings are also already being made for the new Deep Water Terminal, which is scheduled for completion in late 2023 and set to be operational for the 2024 cruise season.

Alex MacLeod, Chief Executive at Stornoway Port Authority, said: “It has been a hugely successful cruise season for the Port Authority, which has brought significant benefit to the local economy. We want Stornoway to become a key destination of the cruise industry, and the construction of the Deep Water Terminal will only increase demand and enable us to bring the largest ships to the Outer Hebrides.”