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The World of Luxury cruising arrives on Tyne08 Jun 2011

The World, the world's most luxurious cruise ship, is due to arrive at the Port of Tyne for the first time on Friday.


The exclusive ship, owned by its wealthy passengers, is home to 130 families, hailing from the US, Europe, South Africa, Asia and Australia; they share a sense of adventure and exploration. Home is one of 165 bespoke apartments on a one-of-a-kind ship that sails all over the world in search of new and interesting places to visit.

The World's 2011 itinerary includes visits to 53 countries chosen by the residents for their individuality, in June the ship is visiting London, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Bergen, Stavanger, Kristiansand and Oslo. Residents are looking forward to sampling the rich history and culture of North East England. During their overnight stay, they'll be visiting the Angel of the North, Durham Cathedral and Castle, Hadrian's Wall, and some are even planning a trip to, Edinburgh Waverley to catch the Flying Scotsman.

Launched in 2002, the World is the largest privately owned residential yacht on Earth, with a diverse group of residents, not passengers, from 19 countries'; they circumnavigate the globe every two years following an extraordinary itinerary that they select.

On board residents can enjoy exquisite fine dining, a wine cellar with 12,000 bottles of vintage champagne, personal fitness coaches, full size tennis courts, spas and a gourmet deli.

Andrew Moffat, Chief Executive Officer says: "The fact The World is paying a visit to the Port of Tyne is testament to our regions rich heritage and vibrant city culture. The Port of Tyne is competing against destinations such a Monaco, Cape Town, Istanbul and Madagascar in attracting cruise ships like this. It is a fantastic coup to have The World here and I'm looking forward to meeting the Captain and welcoming the ship to North East England".

The arrival of cruise vessels and passenger ferries has a substantial impact on the North East economy. In 2010 cruise and ferry passengers contributed in excess of £44 million in tourist spend, a trend that is set to continue to rise as next year is expected to be the busiest cruise season ever at the Port of Tyne with a record 37 ships provisionally booked already.

The Port of Tyne has made substantial investments in enhancing facilities at the International Passenger Terminal to attract major cruise lines to the region. Companies such as Fred Olsen, Saga, P&O and Holland and America are now regularly calling at the Port.

Sunday will also see the return of Holland America's "Eurodam" bringing over 2,100 passengers who will visit iconic attractions right across the North East. "A cruise like Eurodam adds an estimated £1 million per cruise call to the regional economy and the good news is, it is set to return in 2012," added Andrew Moffat.


For any further information please contact:

Lisa Donohoe, Assistant Marketing & Communications Manager

Tel: 0191 455 4687 Mobile: 07912 390 777 Email:

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