Mike Rodwell, managing director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, says: ‘It means we are almost doubling our capacity and offering our loyal guests in the North-East an even greater number of cruise departures than ever before, with a choice of 11 in total.
Bookings for 2016 have shown that, so far, our 14-night Wonders of Spitsbergen and 11-night Icelandic Wildlife, Falls & Hot Springs cruises are bestsellers.
‘The Port of Tyne is ideally placed for our ever-popular Scandinavian and Baltic itineraries. We can save up to three days’ cruising time sailing from Newcastle to Norway than from southern ports.’ Andrew Moffat, chief executive officer, Port of Tyne, said: ‘The port has 27 cruise calls planned during the year. 2015/2016 promises to be a record year for cruise calls.’The Port of Tyne’s International Passenger Terminal (in North Shields, eight miles from Newcastle city centre) welcomes approximately 620,000 passengers each year. Passenger shipping generates some 60 million for the North-East economy annually, supporting more than 2,000 tourism-related jobs.
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