In my ‘Message From the Bridge’ in August’s edition of Sea Breezes, I mentioned the burgeoning cruise market in the Firth of Forth.
At the end of July, Capital Cruising was celebrating a major win for Edinburgh as the UNESCO city was named Western Europe’s Top Cruise Destination 2018 for the first time. The award, managed by Cruise Critic, the world’s largest online cruise resource, is based solely on consumer ratings and reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website over the year – so specifically firsthand feedback from cruisers themselves.
Edinburgh was named the Top Cruise Destination in the British Isles & Western Europe category – in Cruise Critic’s 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards – beating other amazing cities including Lisbon, Bilbao and Amsterdam.
Capital Cruising run seven cruise terminals and anchorages across the UK with ports in Leith, Rosyth and anchorages in Newhaven and South Queensferry, and passengers are within easy reach of the famous attractions in Edinburgh including Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood. This year (2018), Capital Cruising will welcome 114 liners into the River Forth with over 150,000 passengers onboard.
Commenting on the award, Rob Mason, Head of Cruise for Capital Cruising in Scotland said: “This is a significant global recognition for Edinburgh and we are thrilled with the award especially as this is feedback directly from cruise passengers. Our cruise business is thriving and we are seeing our cruise calls grow each year. We are the only operator to offer the closest cruise connection to the beautiful city of Edinburgh and we have invested significantly over the past few years to provide the most direct access for liners of all sizes to Scotland’s Capital. My thanks to our hard working cruise team and the 50 volunteers from Cruise Forth who work tirelessly all season warmly welcoming thousands of passengers to Edinburgh.”