The English Riviera has welcomed its third cruise ship in a week. The Thomson Spirit dropped anchor in Torbay sunshine yesterday, with a welcoming party waiting on the quayside. She was built in 1983 at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in France for Holland America Line as MS Nieuw Amsterdam. Between 2000 and 2001 she sailed for United States Lines as MS Patriot. Her passengers were expected to come ashore and be taken to various local attractions for the day.