Port of Dundee cruise season gets underway with the arrival of the elegant Pacific Princess

Port of Dundee cruise season

Capital Cruising this weekend welcomed the Pacific Princess to mark the start of the busiest cruise season on record in Dundee.

Capital Cruising, who run several UK cruise terminals, including Dundee, Edinburgh and London, this weekend welcomed the Pacific Princess to mark the start of the busiest cruise season on record in Dundee.

The elegant and newly refurbished Pacific Princess cruise ship called into the port with 670 passengers onboard as part of an 18-day ‘Fire and Ice Explorer’ Cruise which sails around the UK before going to Iceland to enjoy the midnight sun.

The passenger cruise sector in Dundee is seeing strong growth and the port will see cruise liner visits increase from 10 in 2016 to a planned 14 this year, with further growth expected upon the opening of the V&A Museum of Design in 2018. Passengers can now board a ship at Dundee and cruise to destinations such as Iceland, the Baltics and the Fjords as well as the Scottish islands. Cruise operators and passengers alike are seeing the exciting things that are happening in the city at the moment.

Capital Cruising’s Head of Cruise, Robert Mason said: “Dundee is growing in popularity both as a port to cruise from and also for cruise vessels to call into for a day of sightseeing. 2017 will be Dundee’s busiest year to date with 14 ships being welcomed into the port including the Pacific Princess at the weekend.”

Capital Cruising, which is part of the Forth Ports group, has invested significantly in its cruise business which welcomes liners into both the River Tay and the River Forth at its ports in Dundee, Leith and Rosyth and also anchorage points in South Queensferry and Newhaven bringing around 150,000 passengers and 122 cruise ship calls over the course of the 2017 season. Forth Ports also operates the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury, with its unrivaled connections to the UK’s capital city.

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London

London Tilbury

Steve Lyons

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.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Robert Mason

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.