Britain’s biggest cruise ship is set to sail past South Tyneside tonight.
P&O Cruises ship Britannia is embarking on a round Britain journey, and left Southampton yesterday. Many are describing the trip as a lap of honour.
The ship will pass Souter Point at 8pm, Lizard Point at 8.15pm and the River Tyne at 8.30pm, and will be about one mile from the coast, travelling at eight knots.
The ship has a bold Union Flag livery, contemporary design and an art collection.
It has a three-deck high atrium, with illuminating Star Burst sculpture, and provides the largest British spa at sea, a theatre, four pools and a gym.
It also has restaurants, bars and cafes, with menus created by chefs James Martin, Marco Pierre White, Atul Kochhar, Eric Lanlard, wine expert Olly Smith and cheese expert Charlie Turnbull.