Image courtesy of Great Yarmouth Borough Council/ James Bass Photography
More than 450 tourists will call into the Port of Great Yarmouth on Sunday 30th June as the Norfolk town prepares to welcome its third visit from a luxury cruise liner within a year.
The MV Seabourn Quest, which first called into Great Yarmouth last June, will dock at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour at around 8am,as part of a Northern European tour offered by Seabourn Cruise Line.
Her return visit marks the third time a cruise ship from the US-based luxury cruise operator has docked at Great Yarmouth within the last 12 months – and further lines are planned into 2020.
Peel Ports is working with Great Yarmouth Borough Council to ensure passengers receive a five-star welcome and a chance to explore what the east coast town has to offer.
As part of a special civic reception on the quayside, the passengers will be welcomed by Great Yarmouth’s Mayor, Cllr Michael Jeal, alongside a guard of honour formed by the Winterton Marine Cadets.
There will be a popup Tourist Information Centre on the ship, and passengers will have the chance to take a special shuttlebus service stopping at top local attractions, including the Golden Mile, the Market Place and Minster, Time & Tide Museum and the Masonic Lodge.
Passengers will also have the option to take guided coach tours to visit Norfolk attractions that are further afield, such as the Queen’s Sandringham Estate and the mediaeval city of Norwich, as well as a river cruise on the Norfolk Broads.
“Seabourn takes great pride in taking our guests to destinations considered to be idyllic locations, such as Great Yarmouth,” said Chris Austin, senior vice president of Global Marketing & Sales for Seabourn. “As a fellow Brit, I’m confident the local attractions and businesses will give them a warm welcome, creating lasting memories of their visit that will be shared with family and friends back home.”
Cllr Jeal said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming the Seabourn Quest back to Great Yarmouth and showcasing our fantastic borough to another batch of international visitors. The fact this is the third cruise ship visit within a year, with more on the horizon, is testament to the success of the previous visits. The passengers absolutely loved Great Yarmouth and sailed away with wonderful memories.”
The arrival of the Seabourn Quest follows a period of significant investment at Great Yarmouth from Peel Ports, including the completion of a £12 million project to extend the Outer Harbour, with plans for a second phase of expansion underway.
Richard Goffin, Port Director at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth said: “Since taking ownership at Great Yarmouth in 2015, our continued investment has enabled exponential growth in areas from offshore energy to bulk cargo.
“As part of this growth, we are in discussions with other cruise operators and hope to make Great Yarmouth a regular cruise call for companies, allowing passengers to explore the seaside town and providing another new opportunity for Great Yarmouth.
“We look forward to welcoming the passengers off the Seabourn Quest and hope they enjoy everything Great Yarmouth has to offer.”
The arrival of the Seabourn Quest will officially be marked by a presentation to the ship’s captain by Great Yarmouth’s Mayor Cllr Michael Jeal, who will be accompanied by Henry Cator, the High Steward of Great Yarmouth, Cllr Graham Plant, the deputy council leader, and Cllr Trevor Wainwright, the Labour group leader
MV Seabourn Quest will arrive into Great Yarmouth on Sunday 30th June, berthing at around 09:30hrs and departing at 18:00hrs.
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