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The local pilot boards Costa Luminosa on her final approach to Lerwick early this morning. The 2009 built Italian registered liner was on her maiden call to Shetland having sailed down from Reykjavik in Iceland.
With the starboard anchor dropped the Luminosa starts to swing to windward as the anchor grips. The sunny first part of the day gave way to showery rain later, however this was a favourable day to visit after the poor weather recently.
Luminosa is not scheduled to visit Shetland in 2011, however there will be one visit from a Costa liner next summer in the shape of the Costa Pacifica. Coincidentally she was named in a lavish ceremony in Genoa at the same time as Luminosa earlier in the year in Costa cruises first ever joint naming of two liners at the same time.