A luxury cruise ship has docked at the Port of Ipswich. 

The MS Hebridean Sky arrived from Whitby on Wednesday, with passengers enjoying a full day out of sightseeing and tours of the area. 

This was the first cruise call at Ipswich this year, which is more widely known for being the UK’s leading grain export port.

The ship is sailing on Noble Caledonia’s British Isles Odyssey, which is a 15-day circumnavigation of the UK, visiting all of the UK’s four countries as well as the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

After departing Ipswich, the vessel will be making its final call into Portsmouth.

Paul Ager, Associated British Ports divisional port manager, said: "Our team did a fantastic job of ensuring cruise guests arrived safely and were able to explore local tourist attractions including a trip to the Anglo-Saxon royal burial site at Sutton Hoo and Helmingham Hall Gardens.

"Tourism is a vital component part of the local economy and the location of the port is an advantage that can help bring additional trade to the town centre.

"The Port of Ipswich can accommodate vessels up to 155m in length, and it is the port’s proximity to historic sites and beautiful countryside, combined with excellent transport links, which make it such an appealing destination for cruise passengers."

The boat will be coming back to Suffolk next year as part of a cruise, with tickets starting at £7,295 for two weeks.