A majestic 294m cruise ship wowed onlookers in North Shields on Sunday as it sailed into Tyne Harbour.
The luxury cruise liner eclipsed its surroundings as it crossed the mouth of the Tyne and past the marina at Royal Quays. Families moved along the river to admire him as he sailed along the sparkling water.
Capable of carrying over 2,000 passengers as well as 980 crew, the ship was returning from Barbados ahead of its travel season.
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In 2019, the Queen Victoria made her first port visit to Tyne as part of a 12-night voyage around the British Isles. She was greeted by a piper from Northumbria to celebrate her first port call.
Photos taken inside the ship at the time show the luxurious interior in all its glory. You can view them here:
On board, passengers have access to a full theatre, ballroom, traditional pub, champagne bar and club with 270 degree sea views. There is also a spa and gym, a swimming pool, a large solarium and an incredible library of 6,000 books.
The sight of impressive cruise liners is very popular in the North East, often drawing people to the shore and river banks to greet them on their way. This ship’s sister ship, the Queen Elizabeth, entered the harbor in October last year, and people once again showed up to watch it go by.
According to Weekly trip, this ship spent the winter in Barbados where it was used to accommodate cruise passengers who tested positive for Covid-19, as they are not allowed to self-isolate in hotels on the island. It is due to leave the port of Tyne on April 24.
Departing from Southampton, the ship will depart on its ‘Baltic Explorer’ voyage on April 27 on a 16-day cruise to Copenhagen and the pretty Lithuanian town of Klaipeda, with passengers paying fares of around £2,999 per person for a room with a balcony, based on two sharing.