The Marella Explorer 2 cruise ship has arrived in the area and is an impressive sight, generating a lot of interest.
It docked this morning on the River Tyne in North Shields and people are eager to get to know the ship and its lifespan.
The ship’s arrival comes just over a week after the departure of the Azura cruise ship after spending five months docked at the port of Tyne.
Here we answer your questions.
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How long will he be in the region?
This time, it will be there until July 10, when it should set sail around 6 p.m.
What can you tell us about the ship?
The Marella Explorer 2 is owned by the TUI company and is described as the cruise line’s adults-only vessel and is also its newest.
It is 248 meters long – the length of two and a half football pitches – has 14 decks, 907 cabins and a capacity of approximately 1,800 passengers. It can travel at 21.5 knots (24.7 mph).
What kind of facilities does it have on board?
Passengers will certainly not be thirsty. It has a range of onboard facilities, from a Champneys spa to a chic bar-club-casino area.
In terms of numbers, there are 10 bars and nine restaurants on this ship. They include The 19th Hole – a golf-themed bar with a golf simulator – and Flutes, for those who like a little bubbly. There is also a swimming pool.
Will this be the last time we see them on the River Tyne?
Far from it, in fact, it is better to get used to his sight. After his departure on July 10, he is expected to return around 7 a.m. on July 12. She will also depart from the Tyne on a number of other cruises across the UK as well as Europe in the coming months.