Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal, Royal Quays, North Shields, NE29 6EE
Newcastle upon Tyne, not to be confused with Newcastle, Australia, is an up-and-coming cruise port now boasting over fifty cruises departing each year and cruise terminal capable of catering to up to 2000 passengers.
Scheduled for late 2018, a brand-new cruise terminal is planned to expand Newcastle's current cruising capacity. In the meantime, the two-berth Port of Tyne is Newcastle's main cruising terminal. This facility is close to the city centre and equipped with good transport links to the wider North East. Here you can find all cruise departures from Newcastle.
As currently one of the more local cruise ports in Britain, Newcastle mainly hosts Cruise and Maritime Voyages, Fred. Olsen and Thomson/Marella who depart throughout the year. In addition other lines such as Oceania, Seabourn, Regent and Norwegian call in at Newcastle during the peak summer months.
Popular for mini cruises, Newcastle’s main destinations are the British Isles where passengers can take in the majesty of the Scottish islands and highlands, the Faroes or even west to Dublin and other coastal cities. Meanwhile, in terms of more international cruises itineraries, Newcastle mainly focussed on cruises to the north of Europe such as the Baltic countries and the Scandinavian fjords and Iceland, taking in cities such as Berlin, Stockholm, Copenhagen and St Petersburg. However, there are also cruises running down the western coasts of mainland Europe from the Netherlands and France round to Spain and Portugal as well.
The Port of Tyne is nine miles from the main city centre but is easily reached via the A1 motorway. The approach and car parking is clearly signposted while the Sat Nav address is NE29 6EE.
Newcastle main station is well connected to Scotland and York and only 3 hrs from London. There is regular coach service to Newcastle from around the country to the coach station in the city centre. Meanwhile, Taxis are easily hailed or pre-booked from Newcastle Airport, Train Station or City Centre.
Newcastle Airport is well connected to the rest of Britain, Dublin and continental Europe and only nine miles from the cruise terminal. From Newcastle airport the journey is around an hour and twenty minutes by the metro but only 25 by road.
Newcastle's regenerated port area has had heavy investment in recent years and now boasts an all-new cruise terminal complex. This facility is complete with 800 seats, a shop, bar, café and restaurant. There are also useful amenities such as Wi-Fi and an international ATM.
In addition, if requiring special access assistance a coach is on hand to take passengers the 800 metres from terminal to ship while there are disabled toilets and such other facilities.
The long stay carpark is just a few metres from the entrance to the terminal with fantastic long-term parking for £9.50 per night while there is with plenty of space for drop-offs and short stays. You can also use the car park for short stays and drop-offs by paying as you leave.
Newcastle and its surrounding area is a fantastic destination for tourism, shopping and nightlife opportunities either before or after your cruise. In Newcastle centre, there are several fascinating museums such as the Centre for life, Discovery Museum, Great north museum and the castle.
Meanwhile, slightly further afield, the living museum of Beamish is a fascinating family day out as is Hadrian’s Wall spanning the width of the northern half of Britain. In addition, while the angel of the north is a great phot opportunity if stopping off along the – motorway.
|Centre for Life||Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm||Kids: £8 |
|Fun-filled science museum|
|The Castle||10am-5pm||Kids: £4 |
|Norman Keep telling the tales of Newcastle|
|Great North Mueseum||Weekdays: 10am-5pm |
|Free||Natural history museum|
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