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PORT OF TYNE CELEBRATES START OF THE CRUISE SEASON WITH THE INAUGURAL CALL OF BRITAINS NEWEST CRUISE SHIP30 Mar 2015

The Port of Tyne celebrated the start of its 2015 cruise season when the first cruise ship arrived at the Ports Northumbrian Quay at the weekend Saturday 28 March.

 

Each year over 600,000 passengers are welcomed by the Port of Tyne. Exciting news for 2015 sees the first visit of Miami based premium cruise operator Oceania Cruises operating two transit calls to the region with the Marina and the Nautica. Regent Seven Seas is visiting with the Seven Seas Voyager luxury cruise on one transit call, there will also be the inaugural call of Crystal Symphony and the return of Holland America Line operating a transit call with the Eurodam.

With the British cruise market going from strength to strength, UK based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Cruise & Maritime Voyages are also extending their departures and destinations from the Port of Tyne and both are operating a number of transit calls for the first time.

The first cruise to arrive at the Port was ‘Magellan' the proud new flag ship of Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV). Named after the sixteenth century Portuguese explorer who first circumnavigated the globe, Magellan joined the CMV fleet 12 March.

Chris Coates, Commercial Director at CMV said: "The introduction of Magellan to our growing ocean fleet is another important milestone in the expansion and strategic development of the CMV presence in the UK and wider international markets which will increase our overall capacity to 115,000 passengers.

"Since launching Magellan's programme in November 2014, we have sold 65% of her capacity which clearly demonstrates the strong demand for smaller ship cruising in the British market."

Remodelled in 2010 at the cost of £40m, the 221.3 metre long Magellan delivers the traditional 5 star British cruise experience offering fine dining, first-class entertainment with a stylish contemporary twist.

Susan Wear, Port of Tyne Director of Corporate Affairs, said: "Cruise departures are growing with many more people choosing to start their holiday directly from the Port of Tyne and it is really good news that CMV and Fred. Olsen are both extending their departures to include new and exciting destinations like St. Petersburg, Morocco, Spain, and the Azores."

To mark the inaugural call of Magellan, Susan Wear presented Cruise & Maritime Voyages with a hand blown piece of coloured glass highlighting the Tyne's tradition of glass making.

With cruises holidays a growing market, the Port of Tyne has 27 cruise calls planned for 2015 and 32 already scheduled for next year.

For further information on cruises available visit the Port of Tyne's website.

 

For further information please contact:

Lisa Donohoe, Public Relations Manager
Tel: +44 (0) 191 455 2671 Mobile: +44 (0)79123 90777 E: lisa.donohoe@portoftyne.co.uk
Web: www.portoftyne.co.uk Twitter: @Port_of_Tyne

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