Passengers disembark in South Queensferry and descend on Edinburgh as well as the historic Royal burgh
Businesses in Edinburgh and South Queensferry could see an influx of visitors today, with the Forth playing host to its first cruise ship of the season.
The Caribbean Princess – run by Princess Cruises – sailed into the Forth Estuary this morning before disembarking at Hawes Pier in South Queensferry, where passengers are expected to have alighted for a day trip to Edinburgh or a leisurely stay in the historic Royal burgh.
It’s the first of 13 cruiseliners to descend on the River Forth between now and 2 September and businesses are being urged by local BIDs (Business Improvement Districts), such as Queensferry Ambition, to tailor offers and packages to capitalise on the increase in footfall.
Although based a little further from the Forth, the St Andrews BID teamed up with Cruise Forth – which provides information for cruise ship passengers arriving at South Queensferry and Rosyth – at its first networking session at The Byre Theatre last month to help Fife businesses learn how they, too, can make the most out of the growing cruise ship market.
BID chairman Alistair Lang said: “Throughout 2016, close to 100 cruise ships will visit the Forth and Tay, giving St Andrews businesses access to over 90,000 passengers and crew. It is our intention to provide our levy-paying businesses with valuable insights and information on how they can best take advantage of this growing sector.”
Cruise Forth project manager Peter Wilson said: “We are delighted to see BID St Andrews working in such a pro-active manner, and the more we can do to help St Andrews businesses become more ‘cruise friendly’ the better. We look forward to sharing our expertise with local businesses and answering any questions they may have.”
Now in its sixth year, Cruise Forth won the 2015 Visit Scotland Thistle Awards ‘Warmest Welcome’ category and this year received the Fife Chamber of Commerce ‘Excellence in Tourism Award’.