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The Port of Tyne has recognised Thomson Cruises' role in developing cruise operations on Tyneside.


In 2005 Thomson's was the first company to begin taking tens of thousands of holiday makers to destinations including the Baltic and the Norwegian Fjords direct from the Port of Tyne. The partnership with the Port of Tyne quickly established cruising from a regional Port and helped to establish and grow the cruise market.

Susan Wear, Port of Tyne Director of Corporate Affairs, said: "Thomson Cruises helped to make cruising from the Port of Tyne viable and since then many of the world's leading cruise lines have put the Tyne on their itineraries.

"Last year our cruise operations added £45m to the regional economy and the Port of Tyne was named UK's Best Port of Call - this year we are celebrating a record 37 cruise calls."

Neil Duncan, Thomson Cruises General Manager - Marketing & Planning said: "The Port of Tyne offers excellent facilities for turnaround cruises.

"Since 2005 over 50,000 of our customers have sailed from the Port, giving a fantastic opportunity for the North East population, to not only utilise their local port but to visit destinations such as Helsinki, Reykjavik and St. Petersburg."

Almost 3,000 passengers crossed the quays of the Port of Tyne today, as in addition to the DFDS Ferry, and Thomson Spirit, a second cruise ship was in Port, Saga's Quest for Adventure - visiting as part of a round Britain cruise.


For further information please contact:

Lisa Donohoe Assistant Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel: 0191 455 2671 Mobile: 07912 390777 Email:

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