Orkney’s cruise season starts early with arrival of Magellan
The first cruise ship to arrive for the 2016 season will berth at Hatston Pier at 0800hrs on Thursday 10 March.
The Magellan, owned by Cruise and Maritime Voyages with a maximum passenger capacity of 1,800 passengers is a regular caller to Kirkwall; and is currently on an itinerary of the north Atlantic region.
This season, Orkney has 113 port calls booked from a range of cruise operators with the largest ship being the Caribbean Princess with a capacity of 3,600 passengers to the smallest ship being the Hebriddean Princess with 50 passengers.
Stromness will receive 16 port calls this season, and the number of ships arriving in Kirkwall are fairly evenly split between berthing at Hatston Pier, and those either tendering into Kirkwall Pier or berthing alongside.
Meet and Greet Services for all of the port calls will be conducted by Sam and Mike Berston of M&S hospitality Services Ltd. and J&V Coaches operated by Vega and Jimmy Poke will be providing shuttle bus services between Hatston Pier and the Kirkwall Travel centre.
Orkney remains the most popular cruise ship destination in the United Kingdom, and as the season gets underway, there are already 113 port calls pre booked for the 2017 season. The last call of the 2016 season will be by Black Watch on 30 December en route to Edinburgh for the Hogmanay celebrations; and Greet Services for all of the port calls will be conducted by Sam and Mike Berston of M&S hospitality Services Ltd., and J&V Coaches operated by Vega and Jimmy Poke will be providing the shuttle bus service between Hatston Pier and the Kirkwall Travel centre.
On 10 August, Orkney will receive its 1,500th port call and 750,000th cruise passenger since records began in 1992, with the arrival of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Black Watch at Hatston Pier. A day of celebrations are being planned to celebrate amd mark this maritime tourism milestone.