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The Port of Tyne's successful cruise season comes to an end on Monday (16 September) with the arrival of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Bremen.


The Bremen is a luxury expedition ship usually found exploring Antarctica and other adventure locations. It is visiting the Port of Tyne as part of an expedition around Britain.

Starting and finishing the cruise in Germany, its 164 passengers are mostly German and during their time in Port they will be visiting Durham Cathedral, the giant Northumberlandia sculpture and Belsay Hall. The excursions have been specially selected by passengers who are interested in exploring some of the regions horticultural and artistic treasures.

This summer season the Port of Tyne has welcomed 32 cruise ship visits. Along with the daily ferries from Amsterdam, the 600,000 visitors coming through the Port's International Passenger Terminal at North Shields help add some £54m to the region's local economy, supporting 1,700 tourism related jobs in North East England.

Highlights of the season have included four calls from MSC's Magnifica, the largest cruise ship ever to visit the Tyne, and calls from three new cruise lines including Crystal Cruises, Hurtigruten, and Costa Cruises, joining familiar companies such as Thomson and Fred. Olsen.

Steven Harrison, Port of Tyne's Chief Operating Officer, said: "Passengers from across the North of England and Scotland are now starting to see the Port of Tyne as an ideal point to start their cruises, bringing more people to the region.

"We are looking forward to welcoming the Bremen on her visit to the Tyne - it is a very attractive ship and a good way to celebrate what has been another successful cruise season for the region.

"Our success in winning the Cruise Critic award of the UK's Best Port of Call in 2012 has undoubtedly been a factor in the growth of this business. And the iconic attractions of the North East region continue to be a major factor for cruise operators when selecting itineraries, we have been working with NewcastleGateshead Initiative and the tourism sector in the region to try to increase our share of the UK's growing cruise market, and I delighted that we already have 34 cruise calls booked for 2014."

Bremen is expected to arrive at Northumbrian Quay at 12 noon and sail on to Kingston upon Hull at 6pm.


For further information please contact:

Lisa Donohoe, PR Manager

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