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Caithness News Bulletins August 2004
HIGHLAND COUNCIL WELCOMES MORE CRUISE PASSENGERS AT SCRABSTER
The Highland Council's Caithness Area is encouraging more cruise ship passengers docking at Scrabster harbour to visit Thurso for shopping and entertainment in the town.
This Caithness welcome to cruise ship passengers follows on from the success of an earlier visit this summer (3rd June) by the Black Prince cruise ship chartered by the National Trust for Scotland which called at Scrabster on the NTS annual cruise around Scotland.
Two more cruise ships are expected to dock at Scrabster: the "Funchual" with Morrison Tours on Thursday 26th August and the "Minerva" with Denholm Shipping on Monday 6th September.
Many of the ships passengers will be going on pre-arranged day or half day excursions to see visitor attractions and sites of interest in Caithness, however the remainder who do not wish to go on these trips are being enticed to visit Thurso on a shuttle bus which has been organised by The Highland Council.
Councillor David Flear, Convener of The
Highland Council~s Caithness Area Committee said: "I am delighted that
this partnership approach between cruise organisers and The Highland
Council is now paying dividends. For the small investment of a shuttle bus
service the Council is helping boost the
Minerva Arrives Scrabster Monday 6 September 04
593 feet in length
83 feet wide
Draft: 20 feet
Entered service 2001 as R8 for Renaissance Cruises
Joined Swan Hellenic April, 2003
More Minerva Pictures
Funchal - Arrives Scrabster Thursday 26 August 04
Can take 475 passengers.
Entered Service 1961 and last refurbished 2003
Length 153 metres
Funchal Scottish Cruise