Cruise liners which have made the Clyde their home during the pandemic are set to head back to sea as the travel industry opens up again.
Three Azamara ships, which have been moored in Glasgow’s King George V Dock since June 2020, will make the journey back down the river, ready to once again take passengers around the world.
The first of the liners to leave will be Azamara Quest, which is due to set sail on Monday July 26 at 12:30pm, an hour earlier than first anticipated.
Azamara Journey and Azamara Pursuit will follow at later dates.
Hundreds of onlookers gathered on the banks of the Clyde last summer to watch the ships arrive – an unusual sight so far upriver.
Cruise operators Azamara posted on Facebook about Quest’s departure: “If you’re in Glasgow, join us along the river to wave goodbye as she sails away.”
In an interview with The Sunday Post last year, the ship’s captain Magnus Davidson, who was raised in Shetland, said: “I know and love Glasgow, but I’ve never sailed upriver here before, so that experience was memorable.
“The scenery was beautiful and for me, personally, I felt a real sense of homecoming.
“I was very surprised to see so many people. It was extremely heartwarming to see the interest in the ship sailing up the Clyde and to feel so welcomed in that way.
“There’s always been a special connection between the people of Glasgow and the sea and to see so many people lining the riverbanks, waving as we sailed upriver, was just fantastic.”
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