Paying another visit to Greenock today was P&O Princess Cruises' GRAND PRINCESS. Previous visits have been in slightly better weather - it could hardly have been any wetter for her passengers who 'enjoyed' the various excursions laid on to give them a taste of this part of the world!
GRAND PRINCESS is one of a fleet of similar vessels built by the Fincantieri shipyard at Monfalcone in Italy for Princess Cruises, and at the time of her delivery in 1998 was the world's largest cruise ship, measuring some 108,806 gross tons. Her 2,600 passengers are accommodated in 1,296 cabins. She is 289.51 m long, and has a draft of 8.50 m. Six Sulzer main engines push her along at 22.5 knots.
Having left Southampton on 9 August, GRAND PRINCESS has called at Le Havre, Zeebrugge, Copenhagen, Oslo, and South Queensferry. Following her call at Greenock today, the final port on her current cruise is Dublin before she returns to Southampton.