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P&O returns to Port of Tyne19 Aug 2011

P&O Cruises return to the Port of Tyne tomorrow, when the majestic Arcadia docks at the Ports Northumbrian Quay.

The Arcadia is only the second visit from P&O to Tyneside following the success of the Artemis which tested the market in 2010.

Steven Harrison, Port of Tyne, Chief Operating Officer says: "It is great news that P&O are back, they are the market leaders for British cruise passengers and the British cruise market is undergoing something of a resurgence, one in nine package holidays is now a cruise, and a record 1.62 million Brits took a cruise in 2010, a figure which has more than doubled over the past 10 years and forecast to continue to rise.

"Port of Tyne offers excellent cruise facilities and a wide range of shore excursions to some of North East England's most iconic tourist attractions, which more than rival other destinations."

Arcadia is 285m long and 83,500 gross tonnes; spread over 11 decks the ship has a passenger capacity of 2,016 and 880 crew. On board is an expansive art collection, featuring no less than 3,000 works of art, British fine dining created by Gary Rhodes and other facilities include a 3 tier Palladium theatre plus 2 pools and a spa.
Arcadia is visiting the Port of Tyne as part of a 13 night cruise around the British Isles. Newcastle is the first port of call and passengers will be looking forward to visiting The Angel of the North, Hadrian's Wall, Durham City, The Bowes Museum, Bamburgh Castle and the Northumbrian Coast.

The ship is expected to sail on Saturday evening and the next stop is Invergordon, then on to the Shetland Isles, Glasgow, Belfast, Liverpool, Dublin, Cork and Guernsey's St Peter Port is the final port on a breathtaking cruise around Britain.
Port of Tyne is expecting P&O to return in 2012 with 35 cruise calls.  The Ports growing cruise business is also making a significant impact on the regional economy, contributing £44 million in tourist spend in 2010.

To catch a glimpse of Arcadia entering the Tyne you'll have to be up bright and early, the ship is expected to arrive at the piers at 6:30am on Saturday morning, sailing at approximately 6pm the same day. All keen photographers are reminded to enter their snaps in to the Port of Tyne reflect awards photo & film competition visit www.portoftyne.co.uk to check arrival times and learn more.

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