Stornoway’s summer cruise season has reached a glorious finale today (Friday September 20th), with blue skies and sunshine for the unexpected presence of the last two ships of 2019.

The Seabourn Ovation, positioned in the outer anchorage, was booked to arrive today and has brought 554 passengers, mostly from the US, together with 416 crew.

It’s her maiden visit to the Western Isles and she was visited by harbourmaster Scott Campbell this morning for the presentation of a plaque by Stornoway Port Authority.

The Hebridean Princess, alongside at pier no 3, was not expected until tomorrow. The small luxury liner is a regular visitor to the islands, this being her seventh and final call of the season.

Stornoway Shipping Services  act as agents for the majority of the cruise visitors to the port. SSS spokesman Alastair Macarthur told today: “Today’s visits see the 2019 season to a successful conclusion. There have been just a few late call-offs and we have otherwise had a good season with a lot of satisfied passengers and cruise operators.”

Pictures show Seabourn Ovation with her tenders in the outer anchorage and Hebridean Princess alongside pier no 3 today (Annie Delin).