Cruise tourism’s most successful year yet draws to a close at Rosyth

Tourism and cruise officials highlight the economic benefits of a strong 2016 season and look ahead to an even busier 2017 on the Forth 

The departure of the Black Watch cruise ship – operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – has brought the 2016 cruise season to a close in Rosyth, marking the end of what Fife Tourism Partnership has described as the Forth’s most successful year yet.
Eighty-eight cruise ships visited the River Forth this year – landing aroung 100,000 passengers from the UK, Germany, Japan and the USA on our east coast Scottish shores.
Of those 88 ships, 33 called at Rosyth, with the Fred. Olsen vessels, which include the Black Watch and Boudicca, a frequent sight under the Forth Bridge.
Peter Wilson, project manager for Cruise Forth, who is keen to highlight the cruise season’s economic importance to Fife, 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.”
According to Forth Ports’ head of cruise, Rob Mason, 2017 is set to be even busier.
He said: “This has been a successful year for cruise calls into Rosyth and we will continue to work with Fred. Olsen to develop Rosyth as a key turn around port for Scottish cruising.
“We thank the Fred. Olsen team for choosing Rosyth and we look forward to our busiest year yet in 2017.”
Clare Ward, senior commercial planning manager for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, which already has increased bookings in place from Rosyth for 2017 and 2018, said: “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, said: “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.”
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