The port of Southampton played host to the launch of a new state of the art super sized cruise liner this week.
Eastleigh photographer Andrew Gordon of Broomhill Photography took these stunning shots of the colourful crusie ship against the ominous skyline of rain-lashed Hampshire before Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest vessel set off for the sunnier climes of the Carribean.
Around 3,000 VIP guests were invited on board for the launch of Norwegian Getaway the latest addition to Norwegian Cruise Lines fleet.
Among the celebrities were Jennifer Ellison, premiership footballer Jos Hooiveld and former Great British Bake Off winner, Jo Wheatley.
The guests met children, young people and their families from the event’s charity partner, CLIC Sargent who had also been invited along.
Celebrities signed a cake baked on board, with all donations from the sales going to the charity.
The cruise industry is frequently cited as an important source of revenue for the South Hampshire area and the Borough Council decided to ‘stump up’ £32 million for a luxury hotel to be built at the Ageas Bowl Cricket ground (construction of which is currently stalled) after a 2011 report commissioned by them identified growing visitor and ‘cruise related’ income potential.
The Norwegian Getaway will be based in Miami.
Photos: ©Broomhill Photography