Huge cruise ship brings hundreds to Oban

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Holiday cruise ship MS Magellan sailed into Oban at the weekend bringing hundreds of tourists with her.

The Magellan stopped off as part of its week-long voyage from Essex and was welcomed to shore by town ambassadors and a piper.

Sue Payne from Medway videoed the welcome party to show to family and friends back home.

‘This is so special, what a reception!’ she said. Fellow visitors Jackie Roberts from the Cotswolds and Lynn Ozimek from Manchester were just as happy with their town maps being handed out by Rab Black from the Port of Oban Cruise Group.

Councillor Elaine Robertson was among a group invited on board to meet Magellan captain Michail Margaritis. She presented him with a quaich from Argyll and Bute Council to go with a bottle of Oban whisky presented by Mr Black, who also gave the captain an Oban pendant to mark the ship’s first visit to the town.

Captain Margaritis in turn gave assistant harbour master Richard Dobson a commemorative plaque.

After Oban, the ship’s next stop was Belfast, followed by Cobh in Cork city’s harbour then Rouen on the River Seine and Honfleur.