Nautical lovers had the Tyne of their lives yesterday during an action-packed recording-breaking 24 hours on the river.
Port of Tyne experienced its busiest day in history after welcoming five passenger ships including the largest cruise liner ever to grace its waters.
The arrival of Holland America Line’s Koningsdam also went into the record books as she became the most colossal cruise ship to visit the port at 297.2 metres long and 99,500 gross tons.
She is one of the world’s newest cruise ships and brought almost 4,000 passengers and crew to the region. She was launched for the first time in April of this year.
Every available passenger berth was also in use yesterday as the five cruise ships docked.
German-operated Aida Vita, arrived on Monday closely followed by the Seven Seas Voyager, Koningsdam, the DFDS King Seaways and Astor.
The combined length of all five vessels was 1,043.90 metres (3,424.86ft) and an estimated 10,000 passengers and crew were expected to pass through the Port’s International Passenger Terminal.
Their arrivals have been causing quite a stir with South Tynesiders who have been flocking down to the riverside to catch the boats sail past the Groyne.
Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne’s chief executive officer, said: “It has been a remarkable day with record numbers of passenger but nothing the experienced team here can’t handle.
“W are well prepared to welcome five great ships and around 10,000 passengers and crew.
“The Port of Tyne is winning an increasing share of the cruise market in the UK.
“Thanks to our first-class port services and the iconic attractions of the region that persuade cruise operators to come here - safe in the knowledge that their passengers will have an unforgettable experience at the Port of Tyne and in North East England.”