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.
To 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.
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.
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.
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).
Cruise ships scheduled to arrive at Greenock Ocean Terminal in 2017:
Saturday, 06 May, 2017 Caribbean Princess 07:00 18:00
Saturday, 13 May, 2017 AIDAvita 07:00 17:00
Tuesday, 16 May, 2017 Boudicca 09:00 17:00
Friday, 19 May, 2017 Caribbean Princess 07:00 18:00
Friday, 26 May, 2017 Boudicca 09:00 17:00
Monday, 29 May, 2017 Vision of the Seas 07:00 18:00
Tuesday, 30 May, 2017 Caribbean Princess 07:00 18:00
Wednesday, 31 May, 2017 Boudicca 09:00 17:00
Friday, 02 June, 2017 Mein Schiff 4
Wednesday, 07 June, 2017 Oceania Nautica 08:00 18:00
Wednesday, 07 June, 2017 Silver Wind 08:00 18:00
Thursday, 08 June, 2017 Boudicca 09:00 17:00
Monday, 12 June, 2017 Caribbean Princess 07:00 18:00
Tuesday, 13 June, 2017 Celebrity Eclipse
Friday, 23 June, 2017 Caribbean Princess 07:00 18:00
Tuesday, 04 July, 2017 Vision of the Seas 07:00 18:00
Wednesday, 05 July, 2017 Mein Schiff 4
Thursday, 06 July, 2017 Caribbean Princess 07:00 18:00
Sunday, 09 July, 2017 Cunard Queen Elizabeth 09:00 17:00
Saturday, 15 July, 2017 Disney Magic 08:30 18:15
Monday, 17 July, 2017 Caribbean Princess 07:00 18:00
Wednesday, 26 July, 2017 Azamara Journey 07:15 21:00
Sunday, 30 July, 2017 Caribbean Princess 07:00 18:00
Tuesday, 01 August, 2017 P&O Oriana
Sunday, 06 August, 2017 Holland America Zuiderdam 08:00 17:00
Monday, 07 August, 2017 Oceania Marina 08:00 18:00
Tuesday, 08 August, 2017 Silver Wind 08:00 18:00
Thursday, 10 August, 2017 Mein Schiff 1
Friday, 11 August, 2017 Caribbean Princess 07:00 23:59
Monday, 21 August, 2017 AIDAvita 09:00 19:30
Wednesday, 23 August, 2017 Caribbean Princess 07:00 23:59
Saturday, 26 August, 2017 Mein Schiff 4
Sunday, 03 September, 2017 Caribbean Princess 07:00 18:00
Monday, 04 September, 2017 AIDAvita 09:00 19:30
Wednesday, 13 September, 2017 Regal Princess 08:00 19:00
Thursday, 14 September, 2017 Oceania Nautica 08:00 22:00
Saturday, 16 September, 2017 Caribbean Princess 07:00 18:00