Tourists disembark the first cruise ship

MSC Lirica passengers
MSC Lirica passengers Credit: ITV

Passengers from the MSC Lirica, mostly from Germany, disembark to the region's sights. Destinations include Durham Cathedral and Alnwick Castle. It's estimated cruise visitors contribute £45 million per year to the North East economy.

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Luxury liner arrives on Tyne

The first luxury cruise ship of 2012 arrives on the Tyne, as officials expect a record-breaking year.