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Cruise ship passengers given a warm Great Yarmouth welcome

PUBLISHED: 13:20 30 September 2018 | UPDATED: 07:36 01 October 2018

Mayor Mary Coleman and Barry Coleman with the Seabourn Ovation in the Outer Harbour
Picture: Anthony Carroll

Mayor Mary Coleman and Barry Coleman with the Seabourn Ovation in the Outer Harbour Picture: Anthony Carroll

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The red carpet has been rolled out in Great Yarmouth again to welcome the arrival of a second giant cruise ship and its hundreds of American passengers.

On Sunday morning the Seabourn Ovation docked at the Outer Harbour at 8.30am with its passengers being given a warm welcome before they set off on tours of the town and parts of the county on coach trips.

A welcoming committee, led by borough mayor Mary Coleman, greeted each passenger with warm handshakes before they enjoyed performances by Great Yarmouth Brass and were welcomed local Marine Cadets.

The Seabourn Qvation has a capacity for more than 600 passengers and its gangway saw long queues of Americans eager to set foot on the quayside and see what the region had to offer.

She was on the last leg of a cruise around the British Isles, which included stops at Newcastle, Liverpool and Dublin.

Cruise ship passengers were given a warm welcome
Picture: Anthony CarrollCruise ship passengers were given a warm welcome Picture: Anthony Carroll

Passengers, who also came from Mexico and Brazil, were delighted with their warm welcome and many posed for selfies and photos with the welcoming committee.

Ann Segal, from Washington DC, said she was amazed by the reception and said it was the biggest welcome she had been given on the cruise ship tour.

The arrival of the Seabourn Ovation follows a visit in June to Peel Ports’ Outer Harbour by her sister ship the Seabourn Quest, which had more than 400 passengers on board.

Mrs Coleman said: “I am thrilled for Great Yarmouth to see that the first two visits by the cruise ships have been so successful. The passengers were absolutely thrilled by the reception we gave them.”

Cadets greet a visitor from the Seabourn Ovation
Picture: Anthony CarrollCadets greet a visitor from the Seabourn Ovation Picture: Anthony Carroll

The welcoming committee also included borough councillor and mayoral consort Barry Coleman, borough council leader Graham Plant, borough councillor Carl Smith and Henry Cator, the High Steward of Great Yarmouth.

Mr Plant said: “I think it is the only place in Norfolk where a ship this size can actually dock, so for the Outer Harbour it is another bonus for them as well because obviously they get revenue from it as well.

“But from Great Yarmouth’s point of view we are here to welcome any tourist which ever way they arrive and this is another element of our tourism offer.”

Further cruise ship arrivals are planned for 2019 and 2020.

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