Scotland’s controversial ban on cruise ship calls looks set to be repealed next week – with industry association Clia voicing its delight.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday (13 July) all parts of Scotland would move to a “modified” version of the country’s “level zero” Covid restrictions from 19 July.
The decision paves the way for the block on cruising to be lifted after a Scottish government spokesperson confirmed last month calls would only be permitted “when all of Scotland” had reached “level one” restrictions.
MSC Virtuosa was denied the right to dock in Greenock on 9 June - less than 36 hours before the ship was due to arrive.
The ban was imposed due to rising Covid infections fuelled by the Delta variant and forced a number of lines to amend and cancel itineraries.
Clia, the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association and Barrhead Travel have been among groups putting pressure on the Scottish government to lift the ban.
Reacting to easing of Scotland’s restrictions from 19 July, Clia UK and Ireland managing director Andy Harmer said the association and its members were “pleased”.
“Domestic sailings have safely and successfully restarted in England, and the effective measures that are in place both on and off ships will similarly be used on cruises visiting Scotland,” he said.
“We look forward to cruise ships calling at Scottish ports this summer, with guests able to explore some of the beautiful destinations.”