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Cruise ship passengers traveling through the UK have been barred from docking in Scotland with just a few days’ notice.

The cruise ship, called Virtuosa, left Liverpool on Tuesday and was due to stop at Greenock in Inverclyde on Wednesday for half a day.

But his operator says that the Scottish government coronavirus rules prevent it from entering the port.

MSC Virtuosa was due to dock in Scotland for half a day
MSC Virtuosa was due to dock in Scotland for half a day

It was reportedly the first cruise ship to call at a Scottish port this year after further scheduled tours were canceled.

In an email sent to passengers, which was seen by the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA), the cruise line said: “Due to the last Scottish government COVID-19[female[feminine restrictions and regulations. We are sorry to inform you that the port call in Greenock has been canceled.

“No guests are allowed to embark or disembark. This decision was made by the Scottish Government and is beyond our control.”

Scottish passengers were to join the cruise at Greenock and SPAA predicted that a third of those currently on board were to come ashore for excursions.

Michele Lister boarded the ship in Liverpool. She said: “We are not allowed to enter my own country, which is really disappointing.

MSC Virtuosa left the port of Southampton on May 20
MSC Virtuosa left the port of Southampton on May 20

“The captain made an announcement on the Tannoy and said that due to the latest government announcement we were not going to be allowed to disembark at Greenock and were going to stay in Liverpool for another night.

“As far as I know, there are about half a dozen people on board who are Scottish, and they want to show English customers what Scotland is like.

“I don’t see why we are not allowed to go to our country – it is safer here than walking down the streets in Glasgow, we had to do two PCR tests to continue…

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This notice was published: 2021-06-08 21:06:00

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