A VESSEL has been officially handed over to Windermere Lake Cruises.

Just over two years since the announcement of the signing of a contract for a new 300-seat boat to add to its famous existing fleet, MV ‘Swift’ has been formally handed over to Windermere Lake Cruises Limited.

Bill Bewley, chairman of Windermere Lake Cruises, said: “MV Swift is the perfect way to welcome our visitors to Windermere and the wider Lake District. Designed to operate in all seasons, our fantastic new vessel, built by Damen Group, will enhance the quality of our visitors’ experience."