The town of Lerwick, in the Shetland Isles, Britain’s most northerly port, has grown from a fishing village to a bustling base for servicing North Sea oil rigs.
It is also growing in popularity as a cruise ship destination, and this summer will welcome its 1,000th passenger liner.
A total of 45 ship visits are scheduled between May and September and 11 vessels will be making their maiden call.
Costa Magica, carrying more than 2,600 passengers, will become the largest ship to sail into the port when it arrives on July 20 for the first of two visits.
The record will be broken in September by Crown Princess, which will bring 3,000 passengers to swell the island’s population of 9,100 for a day.
Among other visitors during the year will be Azamara Journey, Black Prince, Boudicca, Crystal Symphony, Norwegian Jewel, Saga Rose and Spirit of Adventure.
Forget the recession and the credit crunch – Lerwick’s souvenir shops and handicraft stalls can start stocking up now.