Plymouth is welcoming the arctic cruise ship the MV Ocean Nova on a 4 day city visit.

The beautifully designed ship made her way across the Hoe this evening sailing into Millbay where she will be based until she departs on Friday evening.

The cruise ship is purposely built for use in arctic waters and could be seen sailing live across the Hoe waterfront this evening on our 24 hour webcam.

Volunteer Cruise Ambassadors are looking forward to meeting and greeting the passengers embarking off the vessel.

Plymouth’s tourism, shore handlers, and Port bosses have worked hard in working together at bringing some of the world’s most majestic vessels on visits to the city this Summer Season.

The huge vessel the MS Rotterdam made an eight-hour visit over a week ago, and brought more than 2,600 passengers, and 1,000 crew to Plymouth.

Richard Allan, Harbour Master of Cattewater Harbour Commissioners said to Westward Shipping News the Captain of MS Rotterdam was very happy at the ships visit to Plymouth, with more cruise ships expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

Destination Plymouth Chief Executive Amanda Lumley says more cruise ships are already being booked for 2024.

Fact File on the MV Ocean Nova

  • A maximum of only 67 passengers on the ship
  • Scandinavian styling
  • Expeditionary staff of 12 means the highest passenger to staff ratio of any Antarctic ship
  • A high ice class rating, outstanding manoeuvrability with the ship accessing places other ships simply can’t reach
  • Panoramic lounge with its 200 degree views is a popular place for wildlife viewing while keeping warm
  • One of the few small ships with dedicated Single cabins, as well as Twins and Triple cabins, all with a picture window and en-suite bathroom

More pictures will feature on Westward Shipping News over the next few days.