Orkney delivers 7,000 cruise passengers in one day
Despite fears of overcrowding from mass maritime tourism, the arrival of three cruise ships into Kirkwall on the 5 July went like clockwork.
Brilliant sunshine and balmy temperatures greeted Ruby Princess, Nautica and MSC Magnifica who were all in situ by 0900hrs.
Over 2,000 passengers enjoyed guided tours around the mainland of Orkney, the major sites handled the volumes of passengers with ease and local shops and other outlets opened their doors early till late to make the passengers feel welcome.
Local street musicians and Kirkwall City Pipe Band played throughout the day, and in the middle of it all, there was a large wedding ceremony held in St. Magnus Cathedral where a local couple tied the knot.
Local tourism groups provided street entertainment to the amusement of independent passengers and local shops reported a 'roaring trade'.
10 August is the next big cruise ship day when both MSC Magnifica and Ruby Princess will return to Orkney. This date coincides with the local Riding of the Marches spectacle and the Vintage Car Rally, both in Kirkwall.