Largest cruise ship of season so far arrives into Lerwick

AROUND one third of the guests on the Marella Explorer 2 came ashore for excursions after the cruise ship docked in Lerwick this morning (Monday).

The ship is much larger than the two smaller cruise liners which have visited Lerwick over the past week, with Lerwick Port Authority saying there were 800 guests on board.

However, this is still only half of her usual capacity of 1,800-plus. She is making her maiden visit to Lerwick.

Last Monday the Island Sky become the first cruise ship to visit Shetland since early 2020.

Lerwick Port Authority’s cruise and marketing manager Melanie Henderson said: “Marella Explorer 2 is another excellent example of the lengths cruise line operators are implementing to protect passengers and crew and the communities visited.

“Marella have meticulously planned Covid-19 procedures both onboard and throughout their shore arrangements.

“Great cooperation by islanders is making a major contribution to the success of procedures being implemented onshore to ensure the safe restart. We are looking forward to the rest of the visits planned this season and better things to come next year, with increasing input to the Shetland economy.”

The Marella Explorer 2 approaching Lerwick this morning shortly before 7am.


John Bateson’s photo from Bressay.


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