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Published on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Seacation confusion as Scotland cruise ship calls banned

The last minute decision by the Scottish Government to ban cruise ship visits has left domestic  UK cruise schedules all at sea.  

The decision was made just a day before the MSC Virtuosa was due to dock at Geenock.

That port call was cancelled and other cruise itineraries with port calls in Scotland are likely to be amended.

The government said it acknowledges the 'the impact of the current restrictions on domestic cruises' but will not allow port calls until all of Scotland is downgraded to Level 1 restrictions.

"In light of recent information received, we are now awaiting further clarification from the relevant authorities in Scotland about the situation for cruising which regrettably means that we have had to cancel our proposed visit to Greenock," MSC Cruises said.

"We hope that our calls to Scotland with our special cruises can commence soon considering how much we were looking forward to welcoming our Scottish guests onboard MSC Virtuosa."

MSC Virtuosa was due to call again at Greenock during its seven-day cruise.

The itinerary also includes calls at Belfast, Southampton and the Isle of Portland.

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