The first visit by a cruise ship to Greenock Ocean Terminal took place today, when Fred Olsen's BLACK PRINCE called to embark passengers on the first cruise from the Clyde. Built in 1966 by Flender Werft in Germany, she originally had joint owners - Fred Olsen and Bergen Lines - and was designed as a dual-purpose ship for winter cruising to the Canaries under the name she still carries, and summertime North Sea ferry work for which she was renamed VENUS. For twenty years she operated in this manner, but in 1986 ownership was transferred to Fred Olsen and she was converted into a full-time cruise ship. This 11,209 gross ton ship can carry a maximum of 451 passengers, and is 143.45 metres in length. Her first cruise from Greenock will take her to Oporto, Agadir, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Madeira, and Dublin. The new Type 45 destroyer DARING can be seen lying at anchor beyond her.