The magnificent Balmoral cruise ship said goodbye to the North East as it sailed down the River Tyne to warmer climes on Bank Holiday Monday.
The Fred Olsen cruise liner, named after the Scottish residence of the British royal family, was moored at the Port of Tyne for around a week before leaving for Spain at 6pm on May 2. Capable of carrying 1,325 passengers, the Balmoral is small compared to other cruise ships, such as the Cunard Queen Victoria, which visited port last month.
However, he certainly put on a startling display as he cruised down the Tyne on Sunday evening accompanied by a display of tugboat water cannons. Passengers gathered on deck to wave to those who turned out to watch it drive away at North Shields and South Shields.
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According to sea movements from the port of Tyne, the Balmoral is heading towards La Coruña in Spain. During the voyage, those on board will be able to enjoy facilities including two swimming pools and four Jacuzzis, as well as a spa and fitness centre.
With just 710 guest cabins and measuring 218.05 meters, the cruise ship’s small size allows it to navigate some of Europe’s most scenic waterways, including the Kiel Canal and the Seine. But guests have plenty of space to relax, with stylish and comfortable lounges, bars and poolside restaurants on board.
The Balmoral’s visit to Tyneside comes as a bid is launched to bring more cruise ships to visit the North East. The Port of Tyne, Newcastle International Airport and the NewcastleGateshead Initiative are working together on the Cruise North East England project which aims to boost the region’s tourism economy by attracting more cruise ships to the area.
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