Luxurious cruise ship visits North Shields

The Seven Seas Explorer, which visited North Shields. Picture by North News & Pictures.
The Seven Seas Explorer, which visited North Shields. Picture by North News & Pictures.
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A special visitor made an appearance on the river Tyne on Monday.

The most luxurious cruise liner spent the day docked at the Port of Tyne in North Shields.

Inside the cruise ship Seven Seas Explorer, which visited North Shields. Picture by North News & Pictures.

Inside the cruise ship Seven Seas Explorer, which visited North Shields. Picture by North News & Pictures.

Regent Seven Seas’ six-star ship Seven Seas Explorer is said to be one of the most luxurious ever built, adorned with huge amounts of Italian marble and stone. Quantities of gold leaf add to the opulence, along with glass chandeliers made from Czech crystal.

Its 750 passengers spent Monday exploring the region’s attractions.

The ship boasts facilities that include a jogging track, golf putting greens, shuffleboard deck and a culinary school as well as a collection of high-end shopping boutiques.

The main dining room is lit by a £155,000 chandelier of hand-blown glass; its walls are decked with £6million in art.

Inside the cruise ship Seven Seas Explorer, which visited North Shields. Picture by North News & Pictures.

Inside the cruise ship Seven Seas Explorer, which visited North Shields. Picture by North News & Pictures.

And the entire front of Deck 14 aboard the Regent Seven Seas Explorer is taken up by an £8,000-a-night suite with its own spa, a £200,000 custom Steinway piano, two Picasso lithographs, and a bed reputed to have cost £150,000.

The opulent interior continues with a £400,000, three-ton Tibetan-style prayer wheel at the entrance to the Pacific Rim restaurant.

Alasdair Kerr, Port of Tyne commercial director, said: “It is great to welcome Regent Seven Seas back with Seven Seas Explorer, and fantastic to welcome guests during their time in the North East.”

For anyone who might have missed the boat this time around, Seven Seas Explorer will be returning to the Port of Tyne for a second visit in September.