After being recognised as the UK's Port of the Year at the 2014 National Transport Awards, the Port of Tyne is becoming one of Europe's most popular cruise ports, thanks to its combination of great connectivity, superb facilities and must-see attractions.

As the North East’s regional gateway, there are over 625,000 cruise and ferry passengers passing through the Port of Tyne every year.Cruise

With a long established history of short-sea mini cruises to Amsterdam the Port has had a passenger service operating from the Tyne for over 100 years. Welcoming around 30 cruise ships each year with superb facilities, vessels of over 300m in length and up to 10m in draft can be easily accommodated at Northumbrian Quay, the Port's purpose-built cruise berth which is capable of accommodating 95% of the global fleet of cruise ships and ideally placed to handle all cruise calls. While vessels in excess of 215m can also be accommodated at Whitehill Point the Port’s second cruise ship berth. 

The North East is an area of outstanding natural beauty and home to beautiful coastlines, gardens, castles, cathedrals and the cradle of Christianity. The region is home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Hadrian’s Roman Wall and Durham City, as well as Alnwick Castle, known as the ‘Windsor of the North’, but most recognised for its role as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films and most recently featured in the popular period drama Downton Abbey.

If you are a cruise or ferry line and would like to find out more about the Port of Tyne and what North East England has to offer, please contact Andy Foster on +44 (0)191 455 2671 or email

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Named highly commended in the World of Cruising Wave Awards 2017 for Best UK Departure Port

Key contact


Alasdair Kerr - Commercial Director, Port Services
Tel: 0191 455 2671
Email: Alasdair Kerr

Port of Tyne
Maritime House
Tyne Dock
South Shields
NE34 9PT


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