Cruise ship Le Champlain anchored in the Inverness Firth on Sunday morning having arrived from Lerwick. Passengers were transferred ashore to the Port of Inverness allowing them to visit a number of tourist attractions.
The ship which was built in 2018 is 131m in length and carried 163 passengers as well as 111 crew. She departed Inverness later on Sunday for Rosyth and will return to Inverness on Tuesday 14th May for a further visit.
Commenting on her arrival, Port of Inverness Chief Executive Sinclair Browne commented, “We are delighted to welcome Le Champlain to Inverness for her inaugural visit and her arrival marks the start of our busiest cruise season. In total, the Port will host 8 cruise ship visits between now and the end of August, bringing over 1,300 passengers, plus crew into the area.”
In addition to Le Champlain, the Port of Inverness will again be the northern port base for the Variety Voyager as she undertakes a number of cruises down the west coast of Britain to Poole. Sinclair Browne added,” we are pleased that the Variety Voyager will be returning and using the Port of Inverness for turnaround calls again this year. Her return underlines the success of the visits last year as the benefits of being able to arrive in, and depart from, the Highland Capital were fully recognised.”
The port is well placed for access to all local, national and international tourist attractions as well as being the closest port to Loch Ness.
The photograph shows Le Champlain at anchor in the Inverness Firth and was taken by local photographer, Ewen Weatherspoon.