A GIANT cruise ship will become the first liner to visit Greenock in two years when she berths at Ocean Terminal tomorrow.

Anthem of the Seas will be the first cruise vessel to call here since 2019 after public health restrictions were eased by the government.

Last year's entire summer season was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic but now cruise visits are finally allowed once again.

Royal Caribbean's 169,000-tonne vessel will become the second biggest cruise ship ever to sail up the Clyde.

She is due to arrive tomorrow morning, as part of a five-night British Isles cruise from Southampton.

The visit comes just over a month after the Scottish Government controversially moved to block another huge cruise ship from coming to the Clyde.

It barred MSC Virtuosa from Greenock at the last minute, saying that domestic cruises could only restart when all of Scotland reached level one of its restrictions regime.

Inverclyde joined the rest of the country moving into level 0 on Monday.

The passengers on board Anthem of the Seas are all UK residents who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The ship boasts no fewer than 16 decks and has a striking observation capsule which extends almost 100-metres above sea level.

She has the capacity to carry 5,000 passengers but cruises are only taking place with reduced guest numbers at present.

The ship also has what is billed as the largest indoor activity space at sea, including bumper cars and roller skating.