Massive Disney cruise ship sails into North East port - here's the best places to see it

The Disney Magic arriving this morning. Picture by Steven Lomas
The Disney Magic arriving this morning. Picture by Steven Lomas

Sleeping Beauties may have missed it, but one of the world's biggest cruise liners docked in the region early this morning.

Disney Magic is looming large at Port of Tyne after making its way down the river from 5.30am.

The Disney Cruise Liner

The Disney Cruise Liner

The 294-metre floating fantasy land can carry around 2,700 passengers over its 11 public decks and has a crew of around 950.

It brings to life some of the most popular Disney characters with a life-like set-up of Andy’s Room from Toy Story, a Mickey Mouse club and dining rooms where the walls come to life, as well as live Disney shows.

The day-long visit is part of Disney Cruise Lines’ 12-night British Isles cruise which began in Dover. The ship will depart tonight at around 5.45pm.

Although the ship is not open for visitors it will be possible to catch a glimpse of the Disney Magic at popular viewing points on the river.

The ship is in the region today

The ship is in the region today

Nolan Gray, Port of Tyne business development director, said: “The Port of Tyne has worked extremely hard to attract visiting cruise lines to our award-winning International Passenger Terminal in North Shields.

“We are delighted to be one of only two ports in England that Disney Cruise Lines have chosen to include in their itinerary.

During their time in Port the cruise passengers on Disney Magic will explore the UNESCO world heritage sites of Durham Cathedral and Castle, Hadrian’s Roman Wall, Alnwick Castle and Garden and other attractions across the region.

After cruising the British Isles, the ship will return to Port of Tyne for another stop off on Sunday, June 19.

On board

On board

SUGGESTED VIEWING POINTS FOR TONIGHT'S DEPARTURE

TYNEMOUTH PIER: 5.45 pm

SOUTH SHIELDS PIER: 5.45 pm

THE HERD GROYNE: 5.35 pm

Lilia Grainger, eight, and her siblings, Anthony, six, and Izabella, three, enjoying the spectacle

Lilia Grainger, eight, and her siblings, Anthony, six, and Izabella, three, enjoying the spectacle

LITTLE HAVEN BEACH: 5.35 pm

COLLINGWOOD'S MONUMENT: 5.25 pm

THE LAWE TOP: 5.25 pm

THE NORTH SHIELDS FISH QUAY: 5.30 pm

THE CUSTOMS HOUSE / MILL DAM: 5.20 pm

Disney Magic on the Tyne

Disney Magic on the Tyne