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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.

The "Black Prince" At Scrabster In June 2004

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
retail and service economy of Thurso."

Minerva Arrives Scrabster Monday 6 September 04

Minerva 11
30,277 tons
684 passengers
593 feet in length
83 feet wide
Draft: 20 feet
Decks: 9
Entered service 2001 as R8 for Renaissance Cruises
Joined Swan Hellenic April, 2003
Minerva Link
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Funchal - Arrives Scrabster Thursday 26 August 04

Funchal Photos
Can take 475 passengers. 
Entered Service 1961 and last refurbished 2003
Length 153 metres
Funchal Scottish Cruise
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