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

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

Tuesday, 7th June 2016, 6:57 am
Updated Tuesday, 7th June 2016, 8:23 am
The Disney Magic arriving this morning. Picture by Steven Lomas
The Disney Magic arriving this morning. Picture by Steven Lomas

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

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

The Disney Cruise Liner

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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.

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.

The ship is in the region today

“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.

SUGGESTED VIEWING POINTS FOR TONIGHT'S DEPARTURE

On board

TYNEMOUTH PIER: 5.45 pm

SOUTH SHIELDS PIER: 5.45 pm

THE HERD GROYNE: 5.35 pm

LITTLE HAVEN BEACH: 5.35 pm

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

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
The Disney Cruise Liner
The ship is in the region today
On board
Lilia Grainger, eight, and her siblings, Anthony, six, and Izabella, three, enjoying the spectacle
Disney Magic on the Tyne