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06.09.2006

Luxury Cruise Ship arrives in London

The passenger cruise ship ‘Seven Seas Voyager’ arrived in London today. She is now moored on the Thames at Greenwich.

 

Seven Seas Voyager at GreenwichThis is the longest passenger cruise ship to sail up the Thames to central London. At 207 metres long, she is just a few metres shorter than the Royal Navy’s ‘Invincible’ class aircraft carriers.

 

The luxury cruise ship – which is part of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet - is 29 metres wide and has nine passenger decks. She can carry up to 700 passengers and has a crew of about 450.

 

The ship left Copenhagen on August 26 on a cruise around the coastline of Britain and Ireland. She will be in London for two days and will then set off on a cruise to France, Portugal and Spain.

 

Captain Christopher Mendoza, Port of London Authority harbourmaster for central London said:

 

“We are delighted to welcome this fine ship to London. This is the longest passenger cruise ship we have handled into central London. The visit of the ‘Seven Seas Voyager’ this far up the Thames demonstrates that the Port of London is firmly on the map for visiting cruise ships.”

 

·                     Contact: Martin Garside, PLA, Tel: 01474 562366. Email: martin.garside@pla.co.uk 

·                     A photo of the ‘Seven Seas Voyager’ arriving in London is available on request. 

  

Note to Editors:

 

  1. The PLA is the port and navigation authority for 150km (95 miles) of the tidal Thames from the sea to Teddington. It provides navigational, pilotage and other services for users of the Thames.
  2. London is one of the top three ports in the UK and handles over 50 million tonnes of cargo each year. The Port comprises over 70 independently owned and operated terminals and port facilities, which handle a wide range of cargoes.
  3. London also has a busy passenger boat trade for tourists and commuters and is a popular destination for passenger cruise ships. The tidal Thames is also used widely by those with small recreational craft of many types.