Caribbean cruise ship Azura set to remain berthed on River Tyne for months
The huge Caribbean cruise ship Azura, currently docked on the River Tyne, is set to remain in the North East for months to come.
Operated by P&O, the impressive cruise liner has been berthed at Port of Tyne since January 15 after sailing into the region from Southampton.
It was one of many P&O ships that returned to the UK when the coronavirus pandemic stopped operations and has been undergoing essential maintenance work while based at the North Shields port.
During its time on the River Tyne, the ship has attracted a lot of attention from people enjoying a walk along the South Shields riverside which offers a great view of the impressive vessel.
And it’s good news for those who are still hoping to catch a glimpse of the ship as restrictions ease, as P&O has confirmed that it looks set to remain at the Port of Tyne until the summer.
P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: "We are delighted that the Government has acknowledged that UK domestic cruise holidays can begin from May 17.
“Whilst it will take some weeks after this date for us to restart our operations we are very much looking forward to welcoming guests on board this summer for our series of Ultimate Escape staycations - UK coastal cruises.
"Azura will continue to be berthed in the Port of Tyne and will rejoin the fleet at some point as part of our ongoing preparations for our return to service this summer.
"We would like to thank the Port of Tyne for its continued assistance "