GREENOCK is among ports chosen by an expedition cruise line for UK voyages in September.
Norwegian operator Hurtigruten is bringing its hybrid-powered 530-passenger ship MS Roald Amundsen to the Clyde.
The 21,000-tonne vessel, which entered service last year, is expected to arrive at the Ocean Terminal on the morning of Saturday 12 September, finishing a British Isles cruise.
In the evening of the same day it is scheduled to leave on an 11-day ‘Off The Beaten Track’ holiday including stops at Oban, Stornoway, St Kilda, Rathlin Island and Isles Of Scilly, finishing at Portsmouth.
The Ocean Terminal’s busy cruise ship season has been wiped out so far this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic but Hurtigruten successfully resumed sailing in Norway on 16 June and international expedition cruises from Germany from 26 June.
The company has introduced new health and safety procedures to protect guests and crew against Covid-19 in accordance with guidelines recommended by both the Norwegian Government and the local governments of the destinations its sails to.
MS Roald Amundsen was supposed to be sailing in the Atlantic off the US and Canada in September but is now lined up for UK trips.
Anthony Daniels, general manager for the UK at Hurtigruten, said: “We are delighted to offer guests expedition cruises to experience the British coastline onboard our pioneering hybrid ship, Roald Amundsen.”
“We will take guests to lesser-visited parts of the British Isles, and take them up close to nature, and conservation projects.
“Our robust health and safety procedures on and off board mean guests can relax and enjoy their UK break.”
The massive vessel MSC Splendida (140,000 tonnes) was supposed to be at Greenock on 12 September but MSC Cruises has cancelled all of its northern Europe voyages this summer.