Cruise ship gets warm Oban welcome

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The weather was dreich but the welcome was warm for cruise ship passengers visiting Oban on Saturday.

A welcoming committee including a piper and town ambassador Kay MacDonald was there to meet and greet the passengers at the pontoons.

‘Despite the weather, they had a lovely time. They seemed happy wandering around the town. So many came off the ship. It was the busiest we’ve been so far, we were rushed of our feet,’ said Mrs MacDonald.

The visitors arrived in the bay with their ship the Costa Mediterranea built in Helsinki, Finland at a cost of over €400 million with a maximum passenger capacity of 2,680 passengers and a crew of more than 900.

Tonight should see smaller cruise ship the Seabourne Quest arrive in Oban with two bigger vessels – the Marco Polo and the Corinthean – heading to town for Sunday.