Caribbean Princess arrives in Kirkwall, Orkney
The biggest liner to use Scotland’s longest commercial deep-water berth tied up today in Orkney.
Caribbean Princess arrived alongside the newly extended Hatston Pier outside Kirkwall with more than 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew on board.
On previous visits, the 290-metre cruise ship dropped anchor in Kirkwall Bay, with passengers brought ashore by tender vessels. Today they could step straight on to the pier, where 10 shuttle buses operated throughout the day to take around 2,000 of the passengers into nearby Kirkwall, where they thronged the streets, shops and cafes in Orkney’s main town. The other passengers used a fleet of 25 coaches to visit the main sites of interest on Orkney Mainland.
‘’The new pier can now accommodate the largest liners in the World’’ claimed Michael Morrison, Orkney Islands Councils Business Development Manager.
‘’The 385 metre berth with 10.5 metres draft at chart datum, is proving to be a magnet for the larger cruise liners, and with Kirkwall now being able to muster this number of coaches for complimentary shuttles to the town centre in addition to 25 coaches for tours, we are confident that we can serve liners of this size without logistical compromise to the overall essence of the port call’.
Caribbean Princess will call a total of 5 times into Kirkwall this season but the largest liner will be MSC Magnifica who will call twice this season. Orkney expects over 62,000 passengers from 76 port calls this season with 57 port calls already booked for 2014.