Lerwick Harbour Readies for Its Biggest Cruise Ship

UK’s Lerwick Harbour is getting ready for the arrival of Azura, the largest cruise ship yet to enter this Shetland port, scheduled for June 30.

The P&O Cruises’ vessel will arrive from Akureyri, in north Iceland, en route for Kirkwall, Orkney, carrying around 3,100 passengers.

With its gross tonnage of 115,055 tonnes, Azura will break the port record set by Costa Pacifica, at 114,288 tonnes, in June 2011, Lerwick Port Authority said.

“The record for the largest cruise ship into the harbour is due to be broken again on 14 August when Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Silhouette (122,210 gross tonnes) arrives during a season expected to attract a record 79 cruise ships,” Victor Sandison, Senior Commercial Executive, Lerwick Port Authority, said.

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