The number of cruise ships setting sail from the Tyne is on the rise as a major holiday-company gets ready to launch its new season.
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ flagship Balmoral will set sail from the port tomorrow - kickstarting the first of 13 voyages, up from last year’s 11.
It is the second time the ship has started its season - which runds until September - from the river with destinations including Norway, Iceland, Spain, Germany and the Baltic.
Nolan Gray, Port of Tyne business development director, said: “It is great to see Fred Olsen Cruise Lines return with Balmoral and we hope that the continued success of our cruise operations continues to positively impact the economy.”
Fred Olsen’s bookings for 2017 show that its five-night ‘Norwegian Fjords’, seven-night ‘Cruising the Fjordland’ and 14-night ‘Scandinavian Capitals & St. Petersburg’ cruises are its bestsellers.
Clare Ward, director of product and customer services for Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We are very excited to be basing Balmoral on the Tyne for her second cruise season.
“It means we are able to offer our loyal guests in the North East an even greater number of cruise departures.
“Fred Olsen has over 100 years of heritage in running passenger services from the Port of Tyne, and has been operating regular cruise calls from Newcastle since 2006.
“The Port of Tyne is ideally placed for our ever-popular Norway, Scandinavian and Baltic itineraries, and we can save up to three days’ cruising time sailing from Newcastle to Norway than from Southern ports.”