Greenock Cruise Terminal2 Campbell St, Greenock PA16 8BW
Greenock Cruise Terminal serves as the cruise port for Glasgow and wider western Scotland. Capable of hosting even the largest cruise ships at sea, Greenock welcomes over a hundred thousand cruisers each year and is set for a terminal upgrade from 2020.
Greenock and its locals welcome each cruise ship in true Scottish style with many assistants and volunteers helping out as well as guests being hailed ashore by the skirl of pipers with a backdrop of beautiful views. In Greenock, every ship is an event.
Hebridean Princess is the most common ship in port at Greenock, but occasionally larger cruise lines’ ships turn up such as Fred. Olsen’s Black Watch, along with Silversea, Azamara, Princess, Cunard, Viking and, Cruise and Maritime.
Cruises from Rosyth are usually around the British Isles, stopping in famous coastal cities such as Liverpool, Dublin or Southampton or touring the Scottish Hebrides. Wider cruises normally head to Northern Europe such as the Baltics but there are Transatlantic cruises too on occasion.
If driving via Glasgow the journey should take around 40 minutes via Greenock road along the bank of the Clyde. Meanwhile, the journey to the airport takes around half an hour by taxi or hire car.
There is parking up to 3 hours free of charge at Cathcart street west car park as well as pay and display facilities in the town centre. Long stay car parking during you’re away on the cruise can be arranged by reserving a place along with your initial sailing booking.
If not wanting to drive, the train via Glasgow is a good option. Glasgow Central Station is well connected throughout Scotland and wider Britain with 4 trains an hour to Greenock West train station, also taking around 40 minutes. However, via Glasgow airport, there is no direct rail service. In this case you have to take a twenty-minute bus to Paisley Gilmore street station.
Greenock’s cruise terminal has all the facilities you need while waiting to board your ship or get your transport connection. The building has shopping, currency exchange, information point and internet facilities as well as a waiting area to meet contacts, friends or family.
There are supermarkets and a shopping centre close by as well for any last minute purchases and souvenirs. It should be noted Scottish printed money can be different to English pounds although the same currency for those coming from outside the UK.
Car parking is available but must be reserved in advance with your booking. Meanwhile, disabled access is not a problem with many assistants to help with luggage and boarding.
There are a number of hotels and BnBs in Greenock ranging from around 40 to 80 pounds per nights while Glasgow, as Scotland’s largest city, has no shortage of hotel options to spend the night in either.
Situated on the scenic south bank of the river Clyde east of Glasgow, Greenock has plenty to do and see in its own right. For golf fans, there are three brilliant clubs to play to the west of Greenock town. Meanwhile for families the McLean Maritime Museum, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Museum and Heritage Centre and Newark Castle are all fantastic family days out in the nearby area.
You can also easily enjoy a night or two in Glasgow either side of your cruise if you so wish. The city has a lively atmosphere and plenty to see. There are tourist busses from Nelson Square and plenty of museums such as the transport museum by the old dockyards and modern art museum, as well as simply exploring the cities characterful streets.
In addition, you can extend your holiday to see the delight further Scotland has to offer such as the highlands, islands and lochs, along with their fascinating history culture and landscapes that make Scotland such a fantastic destination.
|The McLean Museum||10am-5pm||Under renovation||15, Kelly Street|
|Newark Castle||9.30am-5.30pm||Kids: £3.30 |
|Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Museum and Heritage Centre||12pm-4pm||Free||Wallace Place|
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