THE cruise season is now well underway and Inverness has had one of the busiest days of the summer so far this week with 27 coaches carrying hundreds of visitors to the city.
The occasion was the arrival at Invergordon of the Norwegian Star with 2,500 passengers and 1,000 crew on board.
Inverness BID Ambassadors Garry Munro and Jackie McDonald have been busy keeping Ardross Street, the coach drop-off and pick-up system running smoothly – and it certainly is according to Maynes Coaches.
The Buckie-based company said: “These two ambassadors are absolute gems, always waiting in Ardross Street with smiles and jokes too.
“Passengers always compliment them, making sure everything runs smoothly. Much appreciated.”
At first, Wednesday was thought to be the busiest day of the season for coaches, but a quick check revealed that on June 9, 31 buses came into town.
This is still well below Inverness’ pre-Covid cruise coach record of 54 buses, but there are soon some very large cruise ships heading to Invergordon.
Inverness BID said: “With our Ambassadors Garry and Jackie on duty, everything went smoothly and visitors received a warm Highland welcome.
“We have even bigger ships due to pass through Invergordon, such as the Emerald Princess with 3,300 passengers on June 22 and the next day the Costa Fortuna.
“Everything is really positive.”