Capital Cruising, who run several UK cruise terminals, including Edinburgh and London, some of the most strategically located ports in Europe, welcomed the Viking Star to Port of Rosyth for its ‘maiden visit’.
The Viking Star cruise ship, part of the Viking Cruises line, has only been in service for two years and is noted for its modern Scandinavian design and energy efficiency. The vessel cruised underneath the iconic Forth Bridges before docking at the Port of Rosyth, where the Capital Cruising team helped passengers disembark and go on to enjoy a day exploring Edinburgh, Fife and the surrounding area. To celebrate its maiden visit, the traditional plaque exchange took place with the Viking Star’s Captain Lockling; Head of Cruise for Capital Cruising, Robert Mason; and Helen Law, Chair of the CruiseForth Project.
Capital Cruising’s Head of Cruise at Edinburgh, Robert Mason said:
“Maiden visits are becoming regular events for Capital Cruising’s terminals across the UK and we’re very excited to welcome Viking Star, at the Port of Rosyth. Our teams at the ports around Edinburgh, and at London and Dundee, are seeing more cruise calls than ever before. 2017 is set to be our busiest yet with around 190 calls.”
Councillor Helen Law, Fife Council, Chair of the CruiseForth Project, said:
“I welcome the opportunity to visit the Viking Star on its Maiden Call to Rosyth, in the Kingdom of Fife. We are rightly proud of Fife’s connection to the Forth and are delighted that the Port of Rosyth accommodates some of the world’s finest cruise vessels, giving passengers the chance to explore Dunfermline, the Ancient Capital of Scotland, and the many interesting attractions to be found across Fife and East Central Scotland.”
Head of Cruise
Steve has worked in shipping for over 40 years and brings a wealth of understanding about the industry.
Steve was very much a container man and and was responsible for a short sea container terminal before moving to Enterprise Distribution Centre for paper where he was based for 8 years.
Cruise is just one of Steve’s jobs but he has a keen interest in the industry, and the heritage of the buildings.
Steve certainly brings a keen eye for detail and takes pride in the floral displays at the front of the cruise terminal and takes a active role as a director of the Tilbury on the Thames Trust that is working with the local community to restore and celebrate the Cruise Terminal building.
Head of Cruise
Rob Mason RICS BSc Hons is a Chartered Surveyor. Upon qualifying in 2003 he managed Property portfolios for large Pension funds.
In 2008 he was employed by Forth Ports Ltd to asset manage the commercial property and head up the Port security of Forth Ports 7 Scottish Operations.
He is currently the Head of Cruise for the Scottish Operations 3 Cruise Ports and 2 Anchorages, handling around 120 vessel calls and 140,000 passengers annually.
Forth Ports is the largest Port operator in Scotland and 3rd largest in the UK, 50% of Scotland's GDP in goods going through its ports and estuaries.