Cruise ship’s return is a bonus for business

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What a week it has been, with lots going on locally and two cruise ship calling within days of each other.

On Sunday we had the Magellan arriving at 9am just as the town started to come to life and I think they managed to buy almost every Sunday paper that was in the town, as by the time I finished at lunchtime I had to visit three shops to find what I wanted.

On Tuesday we had the unexpected pleasure of welcoming the Astoria back to Oban as she was unable to reach Fort William, but their loss was our gain and I spent the morning welcoming and directing passengers who were delighted to be here, especially as the weather continued to be warmer and brighter.

We’re very fortunate to be very centrally located in the Highlands and it is not the first time that we’ve had ships visit because they couldn’t reach their scheduled location for one reason or another.

I’m sure many of the businesses in the town will have benefited from the huge influx of visitors that the ships have brought to the town so far this year.

Coming up this weekend, we have the Costa Mediterranea of which there are more details below. She’s one of the biggest ships we’ve had in a while so I think this Sunday will be just as busy, if not busier.

Just the way I like it.

The photo last week was of the pontoon from the North Pier at an odd angle. This week didn’t take me very far from that location.

Welcome the Costa Mediterranea
The Costa Mediterranea.
The Costa Mediterranea.

This weekend we welcome the Costa Mediterranea to Oban on Sunday April 14 between the hours of 8am and 6pm.

The Costa Mediterranea is a Spirit-class cruise ship operated by the Costa Crociere cruise line. She was constructed at the Kvaerner Masa Yards in Helsinki, Finland, at a cost of more than 400 million euros.

Like her sister ship Costa Atlantica, her design was derived from the Carnival Cruise Lines Spirit-class ships, Carnival Spirit, Carnival Pride, Carnival Legend and Carnival Miracle.

Her 12 decks are named after mythological and historical characters: Circe, Teriscore, Bacco, Teseo, Orfeo, Narciso, Prometeo, Pegaso, Armonia, Cleopatra, Pandora and Medea.

On June 16, 2003, she departed on her maiden voyage from Genoa to Spain and Portugal.

Costa Mediterranea attracts an international crown which varies depending on the itinerary. For European sailings, the vast majority of passengers will be European. She carries a capacity of 2,114 passengers and 912 crew who I hope will enjoy a really warm Oban welcome when they arrive on Sunday.