We don’t get many cruise ships in my part of the world but I am pleased to tell you that 2012 will actually see a record number of cruise ships visit Port of Tyne, and it’s about time too I think.
Not only will the region see a minimum of 37 vessels dock at Port of Tyne but 17 of them will also start their cruise itinerary from the port, a great boost in tourism for the region.
The port’s chief operating officer Steven Harrison commented “We will welcome 37 cruise ships this year which is a record number for the Port of Tyne. The Tyne is a new destination for MSC and the Lirica, but other new cruise operators we will welcome this year include Seabourn, Discovery, Swan Hellenic and Peter Deilmann.”
MSC Lirica was in fact the first cruise ship of the season to arrive on April 12th and she brought with her 1,700 passengers all eager to explore what our region has to offer.
Others to dock in the coming months will include Holland America Line’s beautiful MS Eurodam, Seabourn Sojourn, Marco Polo, Thomson Spirit and the Saga Sapphire.
There are so many great places to see in the North East including Hadrian’s Wall, Alnwick Castle, Durham Cathedral and of course the city centre. Not just good for sightseeing though, oh definitely not. The North East also has one of the largest shopping malls in Europe just across the water, The Metro Centre.
Andrew Moffat, chief executive at the Port of Tyne commented: “It is a real coup to have some of the world’s leading cruise operators either starting their cruise itineraries here or making sure that they make north-east England one of their stops on the journey.”
Whatever you do when you visit the North East it will certainly stay with you for a very long time………….
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