TUI River Tyne cruise ship ‘delighted’ to welcome customers again after more than a year
The Marella Explorer 2, operated by TUI, sailed into the port of Tyne from the Netherlands on Thursday morning, marking the start of the port’s ‘cruise season’ as Covid restrictions are relaxed.
Cruise TUI UK & Ireland Managing Director Chris Hackney said he was looking forward to welcoming customers again after so long.
“After having been on hiatus for over a year, we are delighted to announce our summer program in the UK and welcome back our wonderful customers on board our ships,” he said. .
“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.”
Considered one of the newer 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 ship is scheduled to return to Tyne port on August 13 for an eight-night ‘coastal delight’ cruise from Newcastle.
Travel to the UK comes as the cruise industry seeks to recover from the coronavirus pandemic as uncertainty over travel abroad persists.
The Port of Tyne reported in the spring that it was on the verge of a boom in “stayed” cruises, with unexpected demand for pleasure craft services on the River Tyne.
In April, several operators, including Fred Olsen and Saga, confirmed they would sail to and from the Port of Tyne when new UK cruises launched for summer 2021 and beyond.