After a quiet few weeks on the river for big ships up as far as Greenwich, there's a glut of cruise ship spotting opportunities over the next seven days.
First up is small Norwegian MS GANN, the "wood turning cruise ship" on which young sailors learn the skills of navigation, deck work, catering and more. She is due to pass Greenwich inbound on her way to her mooring next to HMS Belfast at about 1pm on Tuesday and pass Greenwich outbound at about 3.30pm on Wednesday.
Popular visitor SILVER CLOUD is also visiting the Upper Pool, passing Greewich on her way up river shortly after 7pm next Sunday (3rd August). The 157m cruise ship operated by Silverseas will remain next to HMS Belfast until Monday evening, departing under Tower Bridge at 18:45 and should be seen passing Greenwich about half-an-hour later.
Back on dry land, preparations continue for the Tall Ships Festival which will take place at the beginning of September with some shops already starting to dress themselves for the occasion, such as Nauticalia (below).
Businesses wanting a tall ships marketing pack, which includes flags, bunting and t shirts for staff, can contact the council by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 020 8921 8689