Orkney Meet and Greet Team prepares for a busy season
With over 51,000 cruise ship passengers expected to arrive in Orkney this year accompanied by around 15,000 crew members,Team Orkney has been preparing for yet another bumper season.
Orkney, which enjoys the accolade of the UK's most popular cruise ship destination with over 75 port calls annually, extends a warm welcome to cruise ships large and small that visit Kirkwall, Stromnessand theNorth Isles of Orkney such as Westray and Papa Westray, Sanday and Stronsay.
This year, the Meet and Greet Team is managed byJean Ross from Great Orkney Tours who will be looking after the independent passengers not on pre booked tours; the team willbe managing the shuttle bus operations from Hatston Pier, providing tourism information and generally pointing the independents in the right direction and makingsure thatpassengers are back in time for the ships sailing
Construction has commenced at Hatston Pier for a new 160 metre extension which is due for completion at the end of this year, and this will enable even the largest cruise liners in the world to come alongside next year as opposed to tendering their operations. There are already 41 ships booked for the 2013 season and it is targeted that 80 ships will call next year.