Cruise ship set to dock in Eyemouth

MS Hanseatic which will be stopping at Eyemouth during a cruise around the British Isles
MS Hanseatic which will be stopping at Eyemouth during a cruise around the British Isles

On e of the world’s most prestigious cruise ships will be making a stop on the Berwickshire coast after rounding the UK next month.

The MS Hanseatic specialises in cruises around the Antarctic, but she will be calling into Eyemouth on Wednesday, June 10.

The 120m long ship will anchor there between 9am and 6pm, before departing for a 37 hour journey across the North Sea to Hamburg.

Eyemouth is the last British port on the tour that starts in Lisbon, and calls at Penzance, Kirkwall and Leith as the ship sails round the UK.

The Hanseatic carries 160 passengers, with a crew nearly as large, and weighs over 8,000 tonnes. Slightly smaller than others of its class it can visit smaller ports like Eyemouth, while also crossing the Atlantic, as it will between Dakar and Greenland in November.

Oliver Kieran, Chairman of Eyemouth Harbour Trust, welcomed the arrival of such an imposing ship, saying: “This is all part of Eyemouth Harbour Trust’s strategy to develop Eyemouth’s harbour as a first port of call so as to create opportunities for the Scottish Borders and surrounding areas.”

Richard Lawton, Harbour Master added that: “Eyemouth Harbour Trust looks forward to welcoming the MS Hanseatic, her crew and passengers to Eyemouth. This visit fulfils a desire to promote Eyemouth as a cruise destination and it is an excellent opportunity to showcase both the town and surrounding area. We hope to build on this initial visit and attract smaller cruise vessels to use the anchorage in the bay and pontoon landing facility.”