the Marella Explorer 2 left Tyne Harbor on Saturday evening for a two-night break which saw those on board enjoying a day at sea before returning to port.
One of the newest ships in the TUI fleet, the Marella Explorer 2 has 14 decks and 907 cabins and has 10 bars, nine restaurants and a swimming pool among its facilities.
The visit marked the start of the Port of Tyne’s ‘cruise season’ as Covid restrictions are relaxed, with the ship due to return next month for an eight-night cruise from Newcastle.
It comes as the cruise industry seeks to recover from the coronavirus pandemic by offering travel to the UK as uncertainty surrounding overseas travel persists.
general manager of TUI UK & Ireland Cruise, Chris Hackney, said: “After having been on hiatus for over a year, we are delighted to announce our UK summer program and to welcome our wonderful customers aboard our ships.
“The safety and well-being of our crew and passengers remains our priority, which is why we have vaccination and testing protocols for all crossings departing from UK ports this summer.
“National cruises are a milestone for the cruise industry and have given us the opportunity to take our customers to new destinations full of culture and history while staying close to home.
“We look forward to this new adventure on the British seas and are committed to ensuring that our customers have the most memorable and exciting cruise with us.”
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