27.7.2021 | Ports

Maiden call of luxury cruise ship to ABP’s Port of Lowestoft

The MS Island Sky spent almost nine hours at the UK’s most eastern port. 

The port, which is more widely known for its support of the burgeoning offshore wind industry, its historic fishing industry and handling cargo for agricultural and construction industries, welcomed the Italian-built MS Island Sky at 7.28am on July 23.

Noble Caledonia cruises are synonymous with small ship cruising, and the Italian-built MS Island Sky has 59 luxury suites. Noble Caledonia is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with ‘The Best of British 30th Anniversary’ tour on the MS Island Sky, an enviable itinerary that visits some of the most beautiful parts of Britain, finishing with this final call in the Port of Lowestoft. Passengers on the MS Island Sky were given tourist guides from Lowestoft Vision and Lowestoft pocket guides, supplied by East Suffolk Council.

ABP has worked closely with Noble Caledonia to ensure Covid-secure operations are effectively delivered at Lowestoft.

Paul Ager, Divisional Port Manager, ABP, said:

“We are delighted to welcome the arrival of luxury cruise ships to the Port of Lowestoft and hope that this successful voyage of the MS Island Sky is followed by more visits from cruise ships in the future.”

Peter Aldous MP, Member of Parliament for Waveney, said:

“It’s great to welcome the Island Sky to Lowestoft. Tourism is a vital component of the local economy, and the location of the Town Quay is an advantage that can help bring additional trade to the Town Centre, and passengers will be able to visit the South Beach as well as making an excursion into the unique Suffolk countryside.”

With further calls on the 6th August, the 11th September and 25th September from the MS Island Sky, and proposed calls from another of Noble Caledonia’s fleet, the MS Serenissima, the Port of Lowestoft, is looking forward to the arrival of more luxury cruise ships this summer.