There’s disappointment for ship-spotters and tourism businesses alike this week, as the largest cruise visitor of the season has called off her planned visit to the port of Stornoway

Cunard’s newest fleet  flagship Queen Elizabeth was due to spend a day anchored off Stornoway on Tuesday (August 21st) as the last call on a 14-day cruise from Southampton to the fjords of Iceland.

She’s reportedly suffered engine problems and is to revise her route to allow for repairs.

Due to bring almost 3,000 passengers and crew to the islands, her absence means 22 coach excursions and visits on board by young Highland dancers are cancelled.

There were also rumours of a possible cruise passenger wedding in Stornoway, with enquiries made about arrangements for a notary public to record a ceremony.

The cruise season now begins to wind down, with nine remaining scheduled visits to the port by regular visitors including the Corinthian and Variety Voyager, before the last calls by the Hebridean Princess planned for October, weather permitting.