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Cruise giant arrives on the Tyne

DAY TRIP ... the cruise liner MSC Lirica, moored at North Shields, dwarfs the Tyne Ferry.

DAY TRIP ... the cruise liner MSC Lirica, moored at North Shields, dwarfs the Tyne Ferry.

THE first cruise ship of the year sailed into the Tyne today for a day-long visit to the region.

The MSC Lirica is the first of a record 37 luxury vessels booked in by the Port of Tyne.

The port, which has its headquarters at Tyne Dock, South Shields, says the cruise ship business is worth £45m to the North East’s economy.

The Tyne is a new destination for MSC Cruises, the fourth-largest cruise operator in the world which carries 1.2 million passengers a year.

The 824ft Lirica docked at 7.30am with 1,700 passengers, and will spend the day on Tyneside as part of a six-night cruise.

The vessel will also visit Scotland and the Netherlands. The record number of cruise ships visiting the river follows £100m worth of investment by the Port of Tyne.

* Send your photographs of the ship to gazette.photos@northeast-press.co.uk

 

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