Record-breaking cruise ship enters the Tyne on port's busiest day in history

Holland America Lines Koningsdam
Holland America Lines Koningsdam

It's Tyne to see a record day of events on the river.

This morning Holland America Line’s Koningsdam broke the record books as the largest cruise ship to visit the Port of Tyne at 297.2 metres long and 99,500 gross tons.

There's plenty of time to head down to the riverside to snap some pictures as she won't be departing her berth at Northumbrian Quay at about 5pm today.

It will be a busiest 24 hours ever for the Port of Tyne as a five passenger ships in total will be visiting or leaving the river.

German-operated Aida Vita, which arrived yesterday, sailed off at about 7am today, her departure will be closely followed by the arrival of Seven Seas Voyager, Koningsdam, the DFDS King Seaways and Astor.

The combined length of all five vessels is 1,043.90 metres (3,424.86 feet) and an estimated 10,000 passengers and crew are expected to pass through the Port’s International Passenger Terminal throughout the day.

Andrew Moffat Port of Tyne, Chief Executive Officer, said: ““The team is well prepared and looking forward to welcoming a record number of international visitors in just 24 hours.”