Over 600,000 passengers are due to visit Tyne in 2015, including transit calls by Oceania’s Marina and Nautica. Regent Seven Seas is also a visitor with Seven Seas Voyager, an inaugural call of Crystal Symphony and the return of Holland America Line operating a transit call with 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.
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, Wear presented Cruise & Maritime Voyages with a hand blown piece of coloured glass highlighting the Tyne’s tradition of glass making.
The Port of Tyne has 27 cruise calls planned for 2015 and 32 already scheduled for next year.