GREENOCK’S Ocean Terminal features in top destinations named by worldwide travellers through the ‘Cruise Critic’ website.

The port took third place in the British Isles and Western Europe section, with Amsterdam first and Ireland’s Cobh second.

Cruise Critic is billed as the world’s leading cruise review site and online cruise community. 

This is the first year of their Choice Destination Awards, with results based entirely on reviews posted on the website.

Greenock set a new record in 2015 as the first Scottish port to welcome more than 100,000 passengers in one year. 

And 2016 is another record year for the terminal, with more vessels than ever calling at the port, including the likes of Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, regular visitor Caribbean Princess and MSC Splendida.

A total of 59 ship visits are taking place, three more than last year, bringing with them 101,550 passengers.

Cruise Critic’s UK editor, Adam Coulter, said: “It’s wonderful to see that Greenock has been rated so highly by cruise travellers across the globe.

“With cruise lines such as Princess, Celebrity, Crystal, and Disney all visiting Greenock, there are many opportunities for travellers to plan their ideal trip to this top-rated UK port, and explore its history, enjoy breath-taking views over the River Clyde from The Esplanade, and visit Lyle Hill.”

A host of favourable comments were left on the Cruise Critic website by people who had visited Greenock.

One person posted: “Took the train to Glasgow, but my wife really loves Greenock and so we looked at estate agents windows to get an idea!”

Another passenger wrote: “We had been to Glasgow, so we explored Greenock and found it to be a lovely town.

“A couple of local people recommended sights, so we went on a photo walk and ended at the McLean Museum — mainly nautical, but also has a fabulous art gallery upstairs with local and international impressionists.

“People in town were lovely and friendly.”