Longest cruise ship ever on the Thames arrives at Tilbury

Staff WriterCruise Ships

THE LONGEST cruise ship to visit the Port of London made its maiden arrival on Thursday morning.

Norwegian Pearl sailed up the river to moor at London International Cruise Terminal, Tilbury, at about 8am.

At 294 metres in length, she is the longest cruise ship to use the facility – beating the previous record holder – Mein Schiff 3 – by a single metre.

Launched in 2006, the ship has capacity for almost 2400 passengers. The distinctive colourful ribbons which make up her eyecatching livery could be seen from afar as she arrived on the river.

Her stay on the Thames lasted just twelve hours and she departed again at about 8pm that night. Norwegian Pearl will be back at Tilbury on May 23rd, June 20th and June 23rd.

Norwegian Pearl passes one of Gravesend’s landmarks – the Sikh temple
The 294 metre long ship with a church spire and the town’s clocktower in the foreground
The ship is the longest cruise ship to ever moor at Tilbury cruise terminal
Norwegian Pearl will make three more visits to the Thames this year.