Sunderland sea captain sails top luxury cruise ship home + VIDEO

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FROM Seaburn to Seabourn – Hamish Elliott is captain of the waves.

Captain Elliott was at the helm of the one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world, the Seabourn Sojourn, as it sailed into the region.

Captain Hamish Elliott with his wife Gail. The couple live in Seaburn, Sunderland, he is originally from London, they married Gail 15 years ago. he met the former St Anthony's School pupils when she was working for Cunard. The Seabourn Sojourn cruise ship on it's first visit to Tyne Dock.

Captain Hamish Elliott with his wife Gail. The couple live in Seaburn, Sunderland, he is originally from London, they married Gail 15 years ago. he met the former St Anthony's School pupils when she was working for Cunard. The Seabourn Sojourn cruise ship on it's first visit to Tyne Dock.

It was somewhat of a homecoming for the 43-year-old, who lives in Seaburn, and fellow Mackem and cruise director Susan Wood, from Fatfield, Washington.

The vessel proved quite an eye-catcher as she sailed into the Port of Tyne.

Seabourn Sojourn has the highest ratio of space per guest in the cruise industry, including the largest spa on any luxury ship and private verandas on 90 per cent of her suites.

“It’s great to be able to bring a cruise call a little closer to home,” said Captain Elliott.

The Seabourn Sojourn cruise ship on it's first visit to Tyne Dock.

The Seabourn Sojourn cruise ship on it's first visit to Tyne Dock.

“This is the first time Seabourn has visited the Port of Tyne. I hope that passengers and crew enjoy their time in port.

“There’s some amazing things to do here and I always tell guests this is the best port of call.”

His wife, Gail, who accompanied him on the ship, was getting off to go back to their Sunderland home.

The former St Anthony’s pupil said: “It is lovely to come back home and I felt very proud to be from the region when we sailed this morning.”

The main staircase.'The Seabourn Sojourn cruise ship on it's first visit to Tyne Dock.

The main staircase.'The Seabourn Sojourn cruise ship on it's first visit to Tyne Dock.

The Sojourn brought more than 450 passengers, mostly Americans, to the North East.

They will visit attractions including The Sage Gateshead, The Baltic, Newcastle city centre, Hadrian’s Wall and Alnwick Castle and Garden.

The 12-day cruise began a week ago in Portugal and has included in its itinerary Oporto, La Coruna, Cork, Dublin, Invergordon, Leith, Newcastle, Holland and Hamburg.

Cruise director Ms Wood added: “I’m going back to Fatfield today for a couple of hours to catch up with friends and family. I’m thrilled to be back in the North East.”

Cruise Director Susan Wood, who is from Fatfield, Washington.'The Seabourn Sojourn cruise ship on it's first visit to Tyne Dock.

Cruise Director Susan Wood, who is from Fatfield, Washington.'The Seabourn Sojourn cruise ship on it's first visit to Tyne Dock.

Steven Harrison, chief operating officer at Port of Tyne, said: “Our cruise and ferry business contributed £45million to the region’s tourism economy last year.

“We are delighted that Seabourn Sojourn is including the Port in an itinerary for the first time.

“Passengers can expect a warm welcome with plenty to see and do at tourist attractions across the region.”

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On board luxury.'The Seabourn Sojourn cruise ship on it's first visit to Tyne Dock.

On board luxury.'The Seabourn Sojourn cruise ship on it's first visit to Tyne Dock.

The Spa'The Seabourn Sojourn cruise ship on it's first visit to Tyne Dock.

The Spa'The Seabourn Sojourn cruise ship on it's first visit to Tyne Dock.

The Spa'The Seabourn Sojourn cruise ship on it's first visit to Tyne Dock.

The Spa'The Seabourn Sojourn cruise ship on it's first visit to Tyne Dock.