The cruise ship Artemis, able to carry 1200 passengers was berthed between the piers of South Shields today. The Artemis was welcomed into the Port on the Tyne which is a 230metres in length, P&O cruiser, scheduled to arrive on the Tyne at 7am precisely.
The European cruise ship was to be docked at Northumbrian Quay in North Shields until about 5pm, which would give passengers some time to disembark and have the chance to visit the tourist attractions in the region.
This is the second time in less than a week that the river Tyne has had the please of a large cruise vessel.
Only last Thursday the Westerdam arrived on the river with 2000 passengers, who were mostly from the United States.
The latest figures are showing that there is a mini-boom in cruise liner visits, to the North East, which is giving a multi-million pound boost to the areas economy.
The Artemis made history, in April by being Captained by Sarah Breton as she set sail with P&O Cruises’, being the first female captain.
Sarah is only the second female in the world to captain a major cruise liner.
Today its passengers, mainly Britons, were to take tours of local attractions, which include Hadrian’s Wall, Newcastle, Bamburgh Castle, Durham, Bowes Museum and Alnwick Garden.
The Port will be giving a taster of Northumberland hospitality at which passengers can try local produce, while serenaded by Northumbrian pipes.
A spokesperson for the Port of Tyne said: “The UK cruise market has doubled in size during the last decade, and is predicted to double again over the next 10 years – to three million passengers annually.” As large cruise operators look to expand into new markets, the Tyne is fast becoming an attractive port of call for Northern European cruises. “The Port of Tyne cruise and ferries business has a positive economic impact on the region.
There are 25 cruise calls due this year(2010), so European Cruise operations on the Tyne continue to perform well.