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Edition No. 161

Date:- 31 July 2004

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ALL ABOARD.... WITH RICKY TOMLINSON
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A Fantastic day occurred for the local media when they were invited to look around a cruise ship, the Black Prince. Why did the media go and where was the late Brookside's Ron Dixon who is now Ricky Tomlinson in 'real life on board'? The Black Prince is now officially the new cruise ship for Liverpool. The impressive ship is not of the same standard as the QE2, but she has a lot to offer and is fantastically equipped. Owned by a Norwegian cruise line Fred Olsen, the ship was originally a cargo ship until it was converted into a car ferry and has now been transformed into a magnificent cruise ship containing all the normal things you would find on a crews ship of her size, like shops, restaurants, night-club, lounge, and a library. Due to Her unusual history, and for a ship of Her size, she holds a real surprise, not just one swimming poll but two, one indoor and one out door, not forgetting sun-loungers, golf range and an amazing watersport deck to boot! The bars and restaurants are nicely decorated and the cabins are fantastically equipped. Unusually for a cruise ship, she even has some specially designed single cabins for passengers travelling on their own. The idea of behind this ship is to open the sea and the world up to the middle aged people, and upwards, within a safe and friendly environment that allows people to mix socially, with a feeling of importance along with privacy. Next weeks Reporter will contain our full report including listings of all P&M's plans for 2005 along with how they aim to promote Liverpool to the world. 

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