Cruises to Newcastle

Newcastle, England

Take a memorable Alaska cruise adventure to Newcastle, England. Nestled on the banks of the River Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne provides a memorable first impression for cruise ship passengers. As your vessel draws closer to the harbor, the city unfolds like a dramatic tableau - its imposing modern architecture juxtaposed with historic structures, surrounded by rolling green hills and the tranquil river. The beauty of the Tyne Bridge and the iconic Sage Gateshead glistening under the sun sets the stage for a captivating visit. Newcastle offers a rich maritime heritage, intriguing industrial past, and a plethora of nature's marvels including diverse marine life.

Newcastle's Port of Tyne allows cruise ships to dock directly, offering easy access to the city and beyond. Most ships arrive in the early morning, allowing visitors to maximize their exploration of the city throughout the day. The harbor itself is a bustling site with facilities such as cafés, shops, and a visitor center offering comprehensive information on local attractions. From here, you can embark on walking tours, hire bicycles, or access public transportation to delve deeper into Newcastle's vibrant urban fabric.


From an aerial perspective, Newcastle appears as a dynamic blend of old-world charm and contemporary vibrance. The cityscape's major highlights include the majestic Newcastle Castle, the historical heart of the city, and the stunning Gateshead Millennium Bridge, a symbol of the city's progressive outlook. Grainger Town, with its impressive neoclassical architecture, and the arts quarter Ouseburn offer distinct and enchanting urban experiences. The Quayside, teeming with lively restaurants and bars, presents a great place to unwind and people-watch. Newcastle provides a delightful amalgamation of history, culture, and modernity for every visitor.

Newcastle's culture is steeped in a rich historical legacy and distinctive local traditions. Known for its unique 'Geordie' dialect, the city embodies the friendly and warm spirit of the North East of England. Its industrial heritage is proudly displayed in various museums, while traces of its Roman past can be found in the Hadrian's Wall remnants. Newcastle's love for football is embodied in the iconic St James' Park, a must-visit for sports fans. From coal and shipbuilding history to its contributions to music and arts, Newcastle's cultural tapestry weaves a fascinating narrative.

Attractions and Activities

Newcastle offers myriad opportunities for adventure and outdoor activities. Explore the ancient Alnwick Castle or the ruins of Warkworth Castle for a historical adventure. Wildlife enthusiasts can visit the Farne Islands for a close encounter with puffins and seals. Take advantage of the city's proximity to Northumberland National Park for hiking and biking trails amidst stunning natural scenery. For the aquatic inclined, the River Tyne provides perfect opportunities for fishing or even paddleboarding.

Local Speciality

The culinary scene in Newcastle reflects the city's vibrant culture, serving everything from traditional Geordie dishes to global cuisines. Try the famous Pease Pudding or savor a locally brewed Newcastle Brown Ale. The Quayside is lined with restaurants and bars offering exquisite river views and gastronomic delights. Tea lovers can enjoy a cup at Quilliam Brothers' Teahouse, boasting over 60 varieties of loose-leaf tea. The culinary offerings in Newcastle cater to every taste, making it a gastronome's paradise.

Shopping in Newcastle unveils a plethora of locally made products. The Grainger Market offers a wide variety of local crafts, antiques, and unique souvenirs. Eldon Square and MetroCentre, one of Europe's largest shopping centers, offer goods from local and international retailers alike. Traditional Geordie gifts, Newcastle United Football Club merchandise, or locally-brewed ales serve as perfect keepsakes from your visit. No matter your preference, Newcastle offers a memorable shopping experience.

Festivals and Events

Newcastle vibrates with energy during its numerous festivals and events. The Newcastle International Film Festival celebrates cinema, while the Newcastle Science Festival piques the curiosity of the intellectually inclined. The city comes alive with music during the Newcastle Jazz Festival, and the vibrant Newcastle Mela showcases South Asian culture and cuisine. Newcastle's events calendar is filled with engaging experiences, making every visit exciting and diverse.

Best time to visit Newcastle

Newcastle is a city of all seasons. Spring (March-May) offers mild weather and beautiful blossoms in Leazes Park, while summer (June-August) coincides with the Newcastle International Film Festival and the Newcastle Jazz Festival. Autumn (September-November) showcases a beautiful palette of fall colors, and winter (December-February) holds its own charm with festive markets. Regardless of the time of your visit, Newcastle is a city that promises vibrant experiences and lasting memories.

Newcastle Cruise Schedule

As your journey draws to a close, the memories of Newcastle's captivating cityscape, warm people, and rich culture will linger. Whether you have been moved by the city's historical grandeur, excited by its sports enthusiasm, or captivated by its artistic expression, Newcastle leaves an indelible imprint on every traveler. Reflecting on your visit, you will appreciate how the city seamlessly marries tradition with innovation, history with modernity. As the cityscape fades into the distance, the essence of Newcastle, its vibrant spirit, and enduring charm will remain a cherished memory.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises Norwegian Fjords 19-day route

19-day Norwegian Fjords cruise from Oslo

Seven Seas Splendor, Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Date: September 3, 2024

Ports of Call: Oslo, Skagen, Stavanger, Flam, Alesund, Trondheim, Hammerfest, Honningsvag, Molde, Lerwick, Invergordon, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Bruges, Southampton; View Itinerary