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.
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