Greenock is often used as a port of entry for cruisers looking to go to Glasgow, which is roughly a 35-minute drive away. Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is also within driving distance (approximately 90 minutes) from Greenock, making this port a strong starting point. Although overshadowed by these more popular Scottish destinations, Greenock is a charming industrial town located along the Firth of Clyde. Known for its shipbuilding and fishing, Greenock has plenty of history, gorgeous hiking trails, and a burgeoning arts scene to admire.
Princess Cruises and MSC Cruises are among the many cruise lines with sailings that go to Greenock. The best time to visit Greenock is from June to August, where you can enjoy warmer weather with little rain.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Greenock, Scotland. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Greenock, Scotland. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Greenock, Scotland:
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Greenock, along with a brief description:
♦ Lyle Hill
Located on the West End on Greenock, Lyle Hill provides the perfect vantage point from which to witness scenic views. With its highest point spanning over 420 feet, Lyle Hill overlooks the historic town and an idyllic river. There’s also a memorial honoring French forces from World War II. You won’t want to miss these stunning sights when visiting Greenock.
♦ McLean Museum and Arts Gallery
Established in 1876, the McLean Museum and Arts Gallery remains a gripping testament to Greenock’s history. The museum dedicates an exhibit to native inventor James Watt as well as a Mummy Cartonnage from Herakleopolis Magna. The Inverclyde institute also houses a variety of ancient artifacts and European artwork.
♦ Victoria Tower
Part of the Greenock Municipal Buildings finished in 1886, the Victoria Tower is 245 feet tall. The stunning building is an architectural gem representing Greenock’s classical style. Be sure to pass by the symbol of Greenock’s growing 19th-century prosperity at the heart of its town center.
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