Visitor activity recovering at Shetland port.

Lerwick Harbour’s largest cruise ship of the busy 2022 season, the 102,587 gross tonne Costa Fortuna, arrived in the Shetland port today (Tuesday 14 June 2022).

Costa Cruises’ 272-metre-long vessel, with accommodation spanning 13 passenger decks, is carrying 1,443 guests of 29 different nationalities, predominantly German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch.

Costa Fortuna arrived from Ijmuiden, Netherlands, on a 15-day Northern Europe round-trip before departing for Seydisfjordur, first of several ports-of-call in Iceland. The ship anchored in the deep-water harbour, with passengers taken to Lerwick town centre by tenders. A full day of shore excursions will give passengers the opportunity to explore Shetland’s most iconic attractions and get a flavour of the islands’ history and culture.

Melanie Henderson, Lerwick Port Authority Cruise & Marketing Manager, said: "Costa Fortuna is another demonstration of the harbour’s capacity to handle a wide range of vessel sizes – 38 so far this season, including eight maiden calls.

“A record of over 100 ship arrivals is scheduled with the final visit in October, highlighting that the recovery in activity post-Covid is well underway, making an important contribution to the Shetland economy.”

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