Avoid Crowds in Edinburgh with the 2019 Cruise Ship Schedule for Leith. Leith is Edinburgh’s historic port district which is on the itinerary for many cruise ships during the summer. Although larger cruise ships arrive a few kilometers/miles north, this overview of cruise ship arrivals help you avoid crowds in Scotland’s capital.
Edinburgh (Leith), welcomes a total of 32 different cruise ships carrying 500 passengers or more. These 32 cruise ships arrive in Edinburgh on 84 different occasions spread over 6 months from the end of April to the end of September. The biggest ship setting sail to Edinburgh (Leith) is NCL’s Norwegian Getaway. The Norwegian Getaway carries a maximum of 4,819 passengers and 1,640 cruise passengers. The massive cruise ship was in port on June 4.
The ship that has the largest impact on the Scottish capital is operated by Princess Cruises. The Crown Princess carries 3,674 passengers and 1,200 crew members and arrives in port 12 times during the season.
In total the city of Edinburgh welcomes more than 145,000 cruise ship passengers and about 56,000 crew members. Although these aren’t crazy numbers for European ports it can get busy on some days. August 14 is the busiest day of the year when two large cruise ships (Crown Princess and Queen Victoria) bring in 6,163 passengers.
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