As your ship approaches the cruise berth, you will tie up alongside the Ocean Terminal. Being a deep water port, there is no need to tender passengers ashore.
Once the ship is secure, disembarkation takes place onto the quayside. A short walk will take you through the small terminal building where you will meet with representatives from the Inverclyde Tourist Group. They are easily identified by their colourful tartan waistcoats. They are all local volunteers who will freely and happily give you advice and answer any questions. There is an information desk in the Terminal which is well stocked with free leaflets and maps of the area.
Visitors booked on excursions will find the coaches located in the coach park, beside the terminal building. Please follow the instructions to take you to your coach.
In addition to the Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, you can also walk to the local shops. Within a 15 minute walk to the east you can find the town centre of Greenock, with lots of interesting pubs, and the historic buildings of the original port.
Where can I change money?
On arrival at the Greenock Ocean Terminal, there is normally a representative from The Money Shop on hand to change money. This is not guaranteed for all cruises. However, the Terminal is only a short distance from the main town of Greenock, which has a number of banks, travel agencies and post offices which can exchange currency. Additionally, there are a number of ATMs locally where you could withdraw sterling currency.
Does anyone speak foreign languages?
There are a number of volunteers at the Terminal who can converse in German, French or Italian. When there is a cruise ship due with a large number of foreign speakers, the ITG try to arrange to have translators available at the information desk, or on our local tours. Additionally, several of the leaflets are available in different languages.
Where can I find wi-fi?
The Ocean Terminal has limited wi-fi. The password can be obtained from the Inverclyde Tourist Group information desk. There is also free wi-fi in many of the local cafes, bars and restaurants. A map showing local wi-fi hotspots is available from the ITG information desk.
What is there to do in Greenock?
Inverclyde offers a wide variety of things to do. These can be found on our What’s In Inverclyde page of the website. Additionally, we offer complimentary free tours of the local area. These last around 2 hours each and can take visitors to Greenock, Gourock or Newark Castle.
Is there an easy way to get to Glasgow?
If you have not booked an excursion on board you can take the train from the nearby Greenock Central train station; which is only a 15 minute walk from the Terminal. Alternatively, you could take a taxi to Glasgow – which might make sense if there are a few passengers travelling together. Buses are also available, but care must be taken on your return journey to alight at the correct bus stop. Timetables and directions are available from the ITG information desk at the Terminal.
Do the taxis take credit cards?
Several of the local taxis accept credit cards, but it is best to check with the taxi marshall, or individual driver beforehand. There is a taxi stance just outside your arrival point at the Greenock Ocean Terminal.
Some local taxi operators will offer tours on the day to attractions of your choice. Please see the taxi marshal at the Terminal, or speak with the individual drivers for rates.
Is there any local transport available nearby?
Greenock Ocean Terminal is only a 10-minute walk from the local town centre. There are taxis available at the Terminal. There are local buses just a short walk from the Terminal which could take you towards Glasgow, or towards the Ayrshire coast. Timetables and directions are available from the Inverclyde Tourist Group information desk at the Terminal.
Where is the nearest railway station?
The nearest railway station is Greenock Central. There are trains towards Glasgow, or Gourock. The Glasgow trains can link you to the main Scottish rail network. To plan your journey by rail, please visit www.scotrail.co.uk.
Where is the nearest airport?
Glasgow Airport is the nearest airport to Greenock. It is about 30 minutes drive away. Additionally, Prestwick Airport is about 1 hour drive from Greenock.
Is there any car parking at the terminal?
Parking at the terminal is very restricted due to the ongoing operations. Embarking passengers should seek information from their cruise operator.
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