The Port of Tyne will see 19 more cruise ships visit the river next year.
Twenty one cruise ships will start and end their voyage on the Tyne in 2016 – providing a welcome boost for people who want to start their cruise holiday on the doorstep..
The choice of destinations from the Port of Tyne, which is based at Tyne Dock, South Shields, is also growing.
Holidaymakers can discover Norway’s magnificent scenery and cruise through the heart of the Norwegian Fjords and, as the closest UK port to the Baltics, other cruise itineraries from the river include the spectacular city of St. Petersburg, enchanting Copenhagen, historic Berlin, the Estonia capital Tallinn, Finland’s capital of Helsinki, the beautiful Swedish capital city Stockholm and the spectacular Jutland Peninsula of Denmark.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines flag ship Balmoral will be calling Port of Tyne its home from 2016, operating 12 cruises from the Tyne and Cruise and Maritime Voyages will be operating 10 cruises.
And in addition to its popular Norwegian destinations Cruise and Maritime Voyage’s impressive new flag ship Magellan will be offering cruises to Iceland’s legendary land of fire and ice and the beautiful islands of Orkney, Shetland and the Faroes.
Passengers sailing with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines from the Port of Tyne to Spitsbergen in northernmost Norway can look forward to taking part in the unique Neptune Line crossing ceremony as they sail across the Arctic Circle and cross the equator on-board the magnificent flagship Balmoral.
Nolan Gray, Port of Tyne business development director, said: “The Port of Tyne is the closest UK port to the Baltics, the Fjords and Russia and offers easy access to the Canary Islands, The Azores, Portugal, Morocco and Spain.