'Magnificent' says the Master of MSC Magnifica
The Captain of the largest liner to call into Orkney this season the MSC Magnifica, described his port call to Hatston Kirkwall yesterday, 25 May as ‘’Magnificent and A1’’.
The 293 meter liner arrived at Hatston Pier at 8am and 24 coaches toured passengers around the Orkney mainland whilst 8 shuttle buses transferred independent passengers to the town centre. There were 2500 passengers and 950 crew on board, and after presenting a Welcome Plaque on behalf of Orkney Islands Council, Cllr Gwenda Shearer and Michael Morrison from OIC were given a guided tour of the ship. The port call was blessed with warm sunshine which allowed some passengers a spot of deck sun bathing before the ship departed for Belfast at 2pm.
The Magnifica will return to Kirkwall for two further calls this year; anchoring in Kirkwall Bay on the 9 June and back again to berth at Hatston on the 16 August.
Orkney remains the UK’s most popular cruise ship destination and around 60,000 passengers are expected this year with around 20,000 accompanying crew.