SHETLAND is to experience a record-breaking year with cruise ship visits in 2016.
Almost 54,000 passengers are expected, up on the 2014 record of 43,273.
A total of 78 vessels are currently due, beating the high of 52 in 2012.
The cumulative tonnage at 2,212,023 gross tonnes tops the 1,684,699 gross tonnes set in 2014.
The record for the largest cruise ship will be broken twice – by P&O Cruises 115,055 gross tonne Azura on 30 June, followed by Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Silhouette (122,210 gross tonnes) on 14 August, with around 3,100 and 2,900 passenger capacity respectively.