RECORD MONEY; pounds 1m cruise ship boost.A Scots port has been chosen as a major cruise-ship destination.
And it will mean a pounds 1million boost for the local economy.
Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is a company operating cruise ships, headquartered in Miami, Florida. It is most well known for its Freestyle Cruising, which means that there are no set times or seating arrangements for meals, nor is formal attire required. will use Port of Ayr as a stop-off point next year.
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The vessel was built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique in 1992 as Dreamward (39,217 gross tons, 190 metres in length and 1,450 maximum passengers). and brand-new Norwegian Sky - will call eight times next summer.
The Norway is the world's longest liner.
It's anticipated about 22,600 passengers and crew will visit Ayr and the surrounding area.
Associated British Ports, who own the facility, said the deal will contribute more than pounds 1million to local economy coffers.
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The SS Norway will make five calls while on its "Bagpipes bagpipes
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Port manager Douglas Morrison said: "Apart from the first-class service the port will provide, the region has a lot to offer as it is both a scenic and historic part of Scotland."
Captain Gunstein Langset, of NCL, said: "I know the port and the people of Ayr will give our passengers and crew a very warm welcome."
Firm building up success
CONSTRUCTION group Alfred McAlpine yesterday said their profits had almost doubled.
Figures for the first half of the year rose by more than pounds 5million to stand at pounds 11.4million.
Turnover soared through the pounds 320million barrier, an increase of almost pounds 70million, after an improvement in the private housing market.