Picture special: Port of Tyne welcomes Costa Mediterranea as first cruise ship of the season

The Port of Tyne welcomed its first cruise ship of the season today, in the shape of the Costa Mediterranea.

Costa Mediterranea
Costa Mediterranea

The giant visitor is berthed at Northumbrian Quay in North Shields until 8pm tonight, when she sails for Ijmuiden as she continues its 13-day voyage around Northern Europe. Readers have been quick to send us their pictures of the 295.2m long vessel. You can share yours with us via Facebook, Twitter or emailing them to [email protected]

The Costa Mediterranea sails past the Groyne into the Tyne.
The Costa Mediterranea is carrying more than 2,000 passengers and 900 crew members.
The Costa Mediterranea cruise ship arrives at the Port of Tyne this morning.
Port of Tyne Workers helping to berth the cruise ship Costa Mediterranea at Northumbian Quay at North Shields.
Port of Tyne workers tie up the Costa Mediterranea, which will be one of the biggest ships to visit the river this year.
Costa Mediterranea's 12 decks are filled with works of art.
Annelise Hamilton had a great view of the Costa Mediterranea's arrival on the Tyne. This was taken from her bedroom window.


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Look closely and you can see the Costa Mediterranea reflected in the windows of The Customs House. Pic: Joan Brett.
Kirsten Duke and her daughter, pictured here, were among those who turned out to see the cruise ship Costa Mediterranea.
Paula Westgate sent us this snap of the Costa Mediterranea, taken as she was coming into the Tyne.
Zoe Davison sent us this picture of her view of the Costa Mediterranea after her arrival on the Tyne.


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Our own Frank Reid took this picture of the Costa Mediterranea tied up at Northumbrian Quay at North Shields.
These are just some of the 1,057 cabins on board the giant Costa Mediterranea, which docked at the Port of Tyne this morning.