MARELLA CRUISES (formerly Thomson Cruises) use Newcastle as a home port, a port also favoured by Fred Olson. But TUI are a global brand and own an airline and a holiday company so the options to base ships at foreign ports open up and fly-cruise becomes easy. You can fly to most cruise ships, in fact we have flown out of Birmingham on a TUI flight to get a P&O ship. The port of leaving is important, but so is the choice of ship as well as the destination. Marella aim at a British audience, the on board currency is GB Pounds. There is no need to tip and from May 2019 all the fleet will be all inclusive.

The car park at the Port of Tyne is normally open between 0700 and 2000 and the first 4 hours of parking is free so it is ideal for pick up and drop off. But lost tickets are charged at £15 so don’t lose the ticket. By road , follow the signs northbound on the A19. For directions our address is Cobledene, North Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE29 6EE. You can contact the Terminal on +44 (0)191 257 1373 should you have any problem. Newcastle railway station is located to the South of the city centre and is easily accessible from across the UK. Once there, you can get a taxi which would cost around £15. Journey time is approximately 20 minutes by car/taxi.

We still say choose your ship first because this is where you will live eat and be entertained. Choosing a ship needs consideration. TUI have seven ships and they are all family ships. They tend to base out or a region in the world and cover the most popular resorts. We have tried to give a flavour of the ships destination with the ship. TUI have in their extensive organisation, the ship voted the best ship afloat! See here.

Port of Tyne, Newcastle Cruise Terminal    London Intl Cruise Terminal, Tilbury

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We have set up a terrific set of links for you to check TUI deals at a flash, links that might otherwise take you ages to find. As always, we suggest you check availability directly with TUI and we try and give you the link that send you where you want. CRUISE and STAY. If there is a company that should be good at offering this option, then it is TUI. Holiday specialists for a long time, they can offer the answer to the long haul. Cruise and stay. Extend your holiday and see more of a particular destination. You can spend a week cruising, followed by 3, 4 or 7 nights at one of TUI’s cherry-picked hotels or apartments. Or you can do it the other way around and spend 7 nights in a hotel before setting sail. Enjoy cruising. Here is the TUI fleet. Doris Visits loves cruising!Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2 Cruise Ships. The Vision Class sister ships – Click to join – share knowledge, ask others a question, someone on this network will know the answer
Marella Explorer Cruise Ship. The new ship in the fleet – Click to join – share knowledge, ask others a question, someone on this network will know the answerMarella Dream a firm Marella favourite and classic – Click to join – share knowledge, ask others a question, someone on this network will know the answerMarella Celebration. This long serving member of the fleet and favourite – Click to join – share knowledge, ask others a question, someone on this network will know the answer