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Cruise Ship Visitors

The management and staff of The Albany would like to extend a warm welcome to the visitors coming to Greenock on board the many cruise ships this year. There is such a variety of ships and each every one of them brings a certain excitement to our town.

10386379_625997607509938_6333249368702592559_nTo all the passengers who disembark we would like to extend a warm welcome to you from our hometown. Many of you will be ‘piped off’ (disembark to the sound of a piper) your ship and hopefully you are given a taste of Scotland that will make you want to return again and again.

We know that a number of passengers will be heading off to Glasgow and Edinburgh on organised trips. We hope you see some of the amazing sights we have in these two beautiful Scottish cities.

To the passengers who like to walk off their ship and explore the area we can tell you that Greenock is a very interesting town. It is perfectly safe to walk around and, depending on your interests, we believe there is something for everyone.

We would like to invite you to The Albany. We are a 4 Star Arts Venue with Bar and Café / Brasserie and we serve the best in Scottish cuisine. We know food is plentiful on cruise ships. However, we also know that when previous ship visitors have dropped in for Afternoon Tea and scones they have been pleasantly surprised. Our bar is stocked with a range of bottled beers and for the adventurous you can choose from an array of cocktails.

Our building is a beautiful church that has been renovated to a high standard. The features of stained glass and stonework have been restored by specialist craftsmen to present our building to the modern audience.

How to get to The Albany from Greenock Ocean terminal

We would love you to visit us when you are ashore. It’s easy to get to our venue. You could walk which would take you about twenty minutes following our map showing location of The Albany in Greenock. Or you could take a taxi. All you have to do is ask the driver to take you to The Albany. It’s a five minute run and will only cost approximately £3. If you have four people in the taxi that’s a very cheap fare.

So please come and visit. We are across the street from the cemetery where Robert Burns girlfriend Highland Mary (real name Mary Campbell) is buried under a monument built in 1842.

Interesting Facts about Greenock

Greenock has been famous for a number of industries over the last 100 years.

Shipbuilding – Greenock shipbuilders built some of the largest ships in the world not far from where cruise ships dock at Greenock Ocean Terminal. They also designed and made steering systems and engines for ships all over the world.

Sugar – The famous Tate and Lyle sugar brand was a major employer here for many years. Abraham Lyle was a local man and a Provost (equivalent to Mayor) of Greenock. The main sheds along the docklands are still known today as the sugar sheds.

James Watt – Greenock is also famous for James Watt. He is usually credited with inventing the steam engine. Technically speaking he didn’t. He did, however, develop the separate condenser which increased the power from the steam engine thus making the engine more efficient,  powerful and usable. He developed the concept of horsepower and the SI unit of power, the Watt, was named after him.

IBM – From the 1960s to the 1990s IBM was a major manufacturer in Greenock. The first personal PCs were built here and IBM were seen as one of the best companies to work for. They still have a presence but small today compared to the 1000s of workers they once employed.

Enjoy your stay in Greenock. We hope you visit us at the Albany. Our staff are friendly and welcoming and our food is prepared by our chef using the best ingredients and local produce.

Below is a free Itinerary to see a few local viewpoints. This is a low cost day out which will all be within a radius of two miles of your ship.

How to get to our venue

Walking – Use the map showing location of The Albany in Greenock or add The Albany postcode (PA15 1YX) to your smart phone maps (free).

Taxi – Ask a taxi to take you to the Albany at the West Station (approximately £3.00).

Itinerary

  • Afternoon Tea or lunch at The Albany (between £5 and £10 per person)
  • Visit Highland Mary’s Statue in Greenock Cemetery (Free)
  • Visit the viewpoint at the top of the Lyle Hill (taxi £3 between up to 4 sharing)
  • McLean Museum visit (Free, 3 minute walk back to the ship)
Book in advance and we’ll have your taxi waiting!

 

Port Date Cruise Ship Cruise Line Arrival – Depart
Greenock (Glasgow) 14-Apr-2018 Magellan Cruise and Maritime 08:00-18:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 4-May-2018 MSC Meraviglia MSC Cruises 08:00 – 19:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 7-May-2018 Royal Princess Princess Cruises 07:00 – 18:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 8-May-2018 Mein Schiff 3 TUI Cruises 07:00 – 19:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 9-May-2018 Norwegian Jade NCL 08:00 – 19:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 16-May-2018 Queen Victoria Cunard Line n/a
Greenock (Glasgow) 19-May-2018 AIDAvita AIDA Cruises n/a
Greenock (Glasgow) 19-May-2018 Royal Princess Princess Cruises 07:00 – 18:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 20-May-2018 Brilliance Of The Seas Royal Caribbean n/a
Greenock (Glasgow) 23-May-2018 Seabourn Quest Seabourn Cruises 08:00-18:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 28-May-2018 ms Zuiderdam HAL 08:00 – 17:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 30-May-2018 Royal Princess Princess Cruises 07:00 – 18:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 12-Jun-2018 Royal Princess Princess Cruises 07:00 – 18:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 13-Jun-2018 P&O Oriana P&O Cruises n/a
Greenock (Glasgow) 14-Jun-2018 Mein Schiff 3 TUI Cruises 07:00 – 19:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 15-Jun-2018 Oceania Nautica Oceania Cruises 08:00-18:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 23-Jun-2018 Royal Princess Princess Cruises 07:00 – 18:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 26-Jun-2018 Brilliance Of The Seas Royal Caribbean n/a
Greenock (Glasgow) 6-Jul-2018 Royal Princess Princess Cruises 07:00 – 18:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 12-Jul-2018 Mein Schiff 3 TUI Cruises 07:00 – 19:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 13-Jul-2018 Columbus Cruise and Maritime 12:00 – 13 Jul
Greenock (Glasgow) 17-Jul-2018 Azamara Journey Azamara 08:00 – 21:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 18-Jul-2018 Royal Princess Princess Cruises 07:00 – 18:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 20-Jul-2018 Crystal Serenity Crystal Cruises 07:00 – 21:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 21-Jul-2018 Queen Elizabeth Cunard Line n/a
Greenock (Glasgow) 24-Jul-2018 Black Watch Fred. Olsenn n/a
Greenock (Glasgow) 30-Jul-2018 Royal Princess Princess Cruises 07:00 – 18:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 1-Aug-2018 Brilliance Of The Seas Royal Caribbean 07:00-18:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 2-Aug-2018 Oceania Marina Oceania Cruises 08:00 – 22:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 3-Aug-2018 Mein Schiff 3 TUI Cruises 07:00 – 19:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 9-Aug-2018 P&O Oriana P&O Cruises n/a
Greenock (Glasgow) 10-Aug-2018 ms Rotterdam HAL 08:00 – 17:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 11-Aug-2018 Royal Princess Princess Cruises 07:00 – 02:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 20-Aug-2018 AIDAaura AIDA Cruises 09:00-19:30
Greenock (Glasgow) 23-Aug-2018 Royal Princess Princess Cruises 07:00 – 02:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 25-Aug-2018 Mein Schiff 3 TUI Cruises 07:00 – 19:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 29-Aug-2018 MSC Meraviglia MSC Cruises 10:00 – 20:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 3-Sep-2018 AIDAaura AIDA Cruises 09:00-19:30
Greenock (Glasgow) 3-Sep-2018 Royal Princess Princess Cruises 07:00 – 18:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 6-Sep-2018 Disney Magic Disney Cruise Line 08:00-18:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 12-Sep-2018 Regal Princess Princess Cruises 09:00 – 22:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 13-Sep-2018 Star Breeze Windstar Cruises 09:00-18:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 19-Sep-2018 Oceania Nautica Oceania Cruises 08:00 – 22:00
Greenock (Glasgow) 21-Sep-2018 Black Watch Fred. Olsenn n/a

What our clients say

"Contains a theatre, dance studio, music rooms and a restaurant!"
After visiting the Albany tonight it is safe to say that the hard work and effort put in has truly paid off. During our visit we were given a tour of the newly renovated building which contains a theatre, dance studio, music rooms and a restaurant. Although modern and contemporary, the character of the old church building remains and features from the church have been incorporated in to the new decor. The food was delicious and staff were extremely accommodating and helpful throughout. Overall, a fantastic asset to the town and I would thoroughly recommend to all.
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