Watch as huge Caribbean cruise ship Azura sails past South Shields into River Tyne - did you spot it?
A huge Caribbean cruise liner called Azura sailed into the River Tyne this morning, attracting a lot of attention along the way.
Operated by P&O, the cruise ship travelled from Southampton to the Port of Tyne where it will remain berthed to undergo essential maintenance.
As the vessel made its way along the River Tyne, passing South Shields and North Shields, many people enjoying their daily exercise on the seafront stopped to take photos.
Built in 2010, the vessel certainly made an impressive sight – measuring 290 meters long and featuring 14 guest decks.
Capable of carrying 3,100 guests and a crew of 1,250, the Azura would normally make holiday trips around the Caribbean.
With 10 restaurants and 13 bars and cafés on board, the ship also features four swimming pools, a spa, theatre and open air cinema.
Guests can also enjoy a casino, library, art gallery and a range of sporting activities during their cruise.
A P&O Cruises spokewoman said: "P&O Cruises has brought our ships home to the UK while our operations are paused into April 2021.
"Our home port of Southampton does not have berth availability for all our ships at the moment.
"As a result, to enable essential maintenance to be undertaken, Azura will be berthed in the Port of Tyne as part of our ongoing preparations to return to service.
"We would like to thank the Port of Tyne for its assistance and the welcome extended to the ship.
“We are very much looking forward to Azura being back in service, alongside the rest of our fleet, delivering future holidays for our guests."