Luxury cruise ship carrying hundreds of tourists arrives in Great Yarmouth
PUBLISHED: 13:04 30 June 2019 | UPDATED: 13:19 30 June 2019
A luxury cruise ship carrying hundreds of passengers from across the world was given a five-star reception as they docked in a Norfolk port for the day.
The Seabourne Quest, which is part of a fleet of liners, docked at Peel Ports' Outer Harbour in Great Yarmouth at 9.30am on Sunday.
As visitors from a vast array of nations including the USA, Canada and Australia, filtered off the ship they greeted by a rousing reception from the town.
Once on dry land, passengers were welcomed by Great Yarmouth's mayor Michael Jeal, Henry Cator, the High Steward of Great Yarmouth, Graham Plant, the deputy council leader and Trevor Wainwright, the Labour group leader.
Mr Jeal said: "It is always important to welcome new visitors to Great Yarmouth. I think it shows the town in a good light."
Mr Cator said: "I think it means a that we give them the best welcome.
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"The more cruise ships we can bring in - the better it is for Great Yarmouth," Mr Cator said.
Passengers of the luxury liner were offered the opportunity to soak up the seaside town by visiting local attractions such as the Golden Mile, the Market Place and Minster as well as the Time and Tide Museum.
Others hopped on a shuttle bus to experience the cobbled streets of Norwich, take a river cruise along the Norfolk Broads, or visit the Queen's Sandringham Estate.
Tourist Bob Siebel, 71, from Denver, Colorado, chose to take a guided tour around the seaside town and described the welcome into the port as "delightful".
"The warm welcome was absolutely delightful, and not to mention the weather is gorgeous," he said.
Julaine Duimstra, from Ohio in the United States, took advantage of the warm weather and spent the day at Sandringham.
She said: "It is absolutely wonderful to be welcomed like this. We have had this at other ports as well but it is absolutely lovely."
The visit marks the third time a cruise ship operator has docked at in the town within the last year.