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Passengers can expect a fantastic welcome at one of the most exciting destinations on Earth - the Port of Tyne.  Acclaimed the UK's Best Port of Call, and ‘One of Europe's Secret Capitals', feedback from visitors coming into this historic port and experiencing what North East England has to offer is beyond expectation.


And it is no wonder, with the iconic world heritage sites of Durham Cathedral and Hadrian's Wall, Harry Potter's Alnwick Castle, Holy Island the cradle of Christianity, outstanding coast and countryside, alongside some of the liveliest city centres with great shopping and cultural attractions.

At the same time, the market for turnaround cruises at Port of Tyne is ever growing as it can draw upon the markets of Scotland, the North West and the Midlands with excellent connectivity by rail, road and air.

Cruise operators can be assured they are in safe hands coming to the Port of Tyne's International Passenger Terminal which has been developed to welcome the world's best and biggest cruise ships with experienced staff renowned for their efficiency and excellent customer service.

With its long-established reputation for passenger operations and mini cruises to the Baltics and Scandinavia, the Port of Tyne offers world-class passenger services. Last year over 623,000 cruise and ferry passengers passed through the Port's International Passenger Terminal with more expected during 2014.

The Port of Tyne continues to be a popular choice for cruise lines, offering easy access to the rest of Britain, Norway and the Fjords, Iceland, Northern Europe, the Baltics, the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Madeira, Lanzarote and Grand Canaria), Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean.

Steven Harrison, Port of Tyne's Chief Operating Officer, said: "Our award winning cruise terminal is fully equipped to handle turnaround and transit calls, with check-in facilities, excellent international transport links and of course world-class tourist attractions right on our doorstep.  As the destination becomes less of a secret we are geared up to welcome growing numbers of passengers and to provide the best possible service to cruise operators."

Cruise and Maritime Voyages, Fred. Olsen and Thomson cruises will all operate turnaround calls from the Port of Tyne in 2014.

There are two new companies coming to the Port of Tyne in 2014: Portuscale Cruises with the Azores and V-Ships with the Artania.   German cruise line Peter Deilmann is returning on a transit call with Deutschland, along with Hapag Lloyd's inaugural call of Hanseatic and Swan Hellenic revisiting with exclusive cruise ship Minerva.

Andy Harmer, Director of CLIA UK & Ireland, said: "The incredible choice and diversity of cruising to the UK is reflected in the record number of passengers visiting North East England through the Port of Tyne's International Passenger Terminal.

"North East England is home to some of the UK's top visitor attractions providing an excellent choice for full and half day shore excursions."

The region provides an unrivalled visitor experience for cruise lines.  For the culture vulture, North East England is steeped in history and home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites - and for the city explorer, the twin city of NewcastleGateshead has been named ‘New Capital of Britain' by The Times, and is home to world-class restaurants, nightlife, shopping, art galleries, theatres and an international music centre.

In total 31 cruise calls will be welcomed at the Port of Tyne during the year, including ten transit calls and 21 turnarounds.


For further information please contact:

Lisa Donohoe, PR Manager

Mobile: +44 (0) 79123 90777 Tel: +44 (0191) 455 2671 Email:

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