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Newcastle (England) (Photo:Shahid Khan/Shutterstock)

About England

One of the most vibrant cities in the north of England, Newcastle gained a whole new lease on life in the mid-1990s following the rebirth of the derelict downtown Quayside area. Spiffed up along the river banks with a host of trendy bars, restaurants and nightclubs, all set against a spectacular backdrop of several different, very eclectic bridges, the city has an unmistakable stance that renders it almost unique on mainland Britain.

It retains a mixture of ancient and modern that brings visitors back time and again. The old castle keep, dating from the 11th century, still looms over a cityscape of classical Georgian architecture and vast thoroughfares such as Grey Street, topped by the soaring monument of the same name.

Yet the same city offers up such cutting-edge buildings as the mesmerising, shell-backed Sage Gateshead theater, with its echoes of Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum, and the famous BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, acclaimed as the finest in the north of the country. Nearby, the country's first bio-technology "village" can be seen at the astounding Centre for Life.

At the heart of it all is the extraordinary "Geordie" passion for football (Geordie being the famous nickname for people from this region). Premiership team Newcastle United plays out their home fixtures at St. James' Park, venerated almost as a cathedral by the soccer mad locals. The local Newcastle Brown Ale is world famous but, alas, no longer brewed there.

The main cruise season for Newcastle departures tends to be between May and September, with companies such as Fred. Olsen and Cruise & Maritime Voyages using the port on a regular basis.

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Riviera
Riviera

10 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

707 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jun 11, 2023
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Seven Seas Mariner
Seven Seas Mariner (Photo: Regent)

150 Night
150 Night World CruiseDetails

365 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Jan 7, 2025
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Island Princess
Island Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

14 Night
Europe - Western CruiseDetails

1,173 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Aug 25, 2023
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Seven Seas Mariner
Seven Seas Mariner (Photo: Regent)

168 Night
168 Night World CruiseDetails

365 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Jan 7, 2025
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Virgin Voyages

30 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

1,173 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Aug 28, 2022
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27 Night
Expedition CruiseDetails

232 Reviews
Leaving:Melbourne
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Jan 16, 2023
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16 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

1,173 Reviews
Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Sep 11, 2022
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10 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

707 Reviews
Leaving:Portsmouth
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Aug 23, 2023
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14 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

10 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
May 17, 2023
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14 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

1,173 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Sep 8, 2023
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14 Night
North Europe CruiseDetails

92 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
May 28, 2023
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9 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

720 Reviews
Leaving:Hamburg
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jun 12, 2023
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10 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

707 Reviews
Leaving:Belfast
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jun 29, 2023
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16 Night
North Europe CruiseDetails

92 Reviews
Leaving:Bremerhaven
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
May 27, 2023
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14 Night
Jewels Of The National TrustsDetails

59 Reviews
Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Sep 17, 2022
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Why go to England?

Pros:

Known for its lively nightlife, the city also has a dynamic art scene, plus stunning beaches within a short drive

Cons:

Wrap up warm. Even in summer the north of England can feel on the brisk side

Bottom Line:

A vibrant city characterized by friendly locals, the River Tyne and its famous football club, Newcastle United

England Cruise Port Facilities?

Cruise ships dock at the port of North Shields, some 8 miles from Newcastle's city center. (Don't confuse this with the nearby Port of Tyne, which is a shipping port used for cargo.) Taxis run to and from the city center, and there is a light rail service called the Metro that connects North Shields to the city center. Best stops for alighting in Newcastle are Haymarket and the Central Station. Please note that the Metro usually stops running at midnight.

The cruise terminal only has a couple of shops and a cafe-bar area, with no reliable Wi-Fi. The adjacent Royal Quays shopping outlet features a variety of shops, plus cash point (ATM) facilities. This is within easy walking distance of the terminal itself.

There's plenty to do in the actual port area of North Shields. Stroll the area around the Quayside, or visit the nearby beach for a spot of local style relaxation. Check out the massive Tynemouth Priory (open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on the headland, once one of the largest fortified castles in the United Kingdom. It contains a sedate, cloistered chapel dating from the 13th century and impressive views from the looming battlements out over the beaches and the North Sea itself. An exhibition, entitled "Life in the Stronghold," highlights the Priory's role as a castle, church and artillery fort through the ages.

The Royal Quays shopping outlet is just a 5-minute walk from the terminal and offers shopping, dining venues and bars.

Good to Know?

Pickpockets can be a problem along busy thoroughfares such as Clayton Street, Grey Street and the Bigg Market area. If using a card to obtain cash from an ATM, make sure your pin number is always shielded.

Getting Around?

On Foot: There are shops, bars and restaurants all within walking distance of the port, but reaching the city's main attractions will require public transportation or a taxi.

By Taxi: Taxis are always available and metered, unless you agree to a day rate with your driver. Drivers are honest and will be happy to provide you with information on the city during your journey.

Public Transport: The city has many public transport links, including the Metro and a bus service. Stops for both are within walking distance of the port. The main Metro stop for Port of Tyne is Percy Main and the main bus stop for services into the city is outside of the Royal Quays shopping center.

Renting a Car: Although you can rent a car to explore the city, it is not recommended. There are no facilities at the port to leave the car and no collection/drop-off points within a short distance. As most of the city center is pedestrian only, it is best to use a taxi or public transport.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The pound sterling is the official currency. Check www.xe.com for current exchange rates. The city has plentiful ATM machines -- "cash points" in the local slang-- available 24 hours a day.

Language?

English, but often spoken with a very strong dialect that is somewhere between Irish and Scottish.


England Cruise Reviews
Stayed overnight and very enjoyable, arrived around an hour early and was on the ship by the time it said for first check in.Read More
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Mark-Wemyss
Taxi driver gave us very good and helpful informations concerning the city and the local community.Read More
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epitom50
Nice city..... We took the train to the city center and walked around to various venues. Worth seeing for sure.Read More
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great guide, wonderful castle of Harry Potter fameRead More
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