Cruise ship passengers gave Ilfracombe and North Devon the thumbs up on Saturday when the 800-berth MS Prinsendam arrived in the town. Hundreds of mainly American passengers disembarked in the morning aboard the Holland America Line ships launches, some to explore the town, others to take coach excursions around North Devon. Alan and Peggy Ellis from Oregon liked what they saw. Alan said: Its a beautiful area and its interesting that in the 19th and 20th centuries this was the preferred vacation spot for the rich and famous and royalty, I love the preserved architecture. Peggy added: We went to Chambercombe Manor, that was fun and it was very creepy at times. Alan said: The guide was very knowledgeable and so good, she made all the ghosts seem real. The town was packed with visitors, both from the ship and people who had come down to enjoy the All Things Morris weekend. Town crier Roy Goodwin and his wife Bea as well as numerous volunteer Ilfracombe Ambassadors were on hand the greet the arrivals and tell them about the town. Christine and Gary Wanerka from Connecticut joined those visiting the wider North Devon. Gary said: We took a bus excursion to Exmoor and Lynmouth. It was very lovely, though the mist and fog kept us from seeing what we would have liked to see. It was also interesting to see you have quite a high and low tide range here. The MS Prinsendam departed North Devon at around 4pm, heading for Portland in Dorset and then Guernsey in the Channel Islands. Next year the Saga Sapphire cruise ship is scheduled to call in at Ilfracombe on June 16.Click here to return to our homepage for more North Devon news.