Newcastle upon Tyne Cruise

The Angel of the North
The Tyne Bridge
The St Nicholas Cathedral

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Newcastle upon Tyne

Great Friend of the River

Rising up from the river, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne was once a Roman village. Its Latin name was Pons Aelius and over the years became an important commercial centre for wool and coal mining.
 
The river is the cornerstone of economic life and the shipyards, which have grown on the banks of the river, have seen the birth and the restoration of majestic ships from all over the world. A journey on an MSC Cruise ship will give you the opportunity to discover the Newcastle of today, a city in the Georgian style which is continually evolving and has a fervent cultural scene and sparkling night life.

You can discover some of Newcastle upon Tyne's most famous attractions, starting with the 20 metre high Angel of the North, designed by Antony Gormley, or the underground Victoria Tunnel a wagon-way which was once used to transport coal and later used as an air raid shelter during the Second World War. Pilgrim Street and Grey Street are two of the roads famous for their pubs, cafés and restaurants.

A trip around this area will give you the opportunity to see the city's "movida" up close and to visit the many fashionable shops. The river is the main protagonist of the city as are its imposing bridges which are to be travelled across and admired, like High Bridge, but above all the majestic Tyne Bridge, a real symbol of the city. Not to be missed are the castle ruins and St. Nicholas' Cathedral, built in 1091, destroyed in 1216 and rebuilt in 1359. The Music Centre, can be found in Gateshead which was once a run-down area but has now been redeveloped and has a new sparkling lease of life. You must have a glass of beer, a true English icon, the most famous in the area is Newcastle Brown Ale.

Must see places in Newcastle upon Tyne

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  • ALNWICK CASTLE & THE NORTHUMBRIAN COAST (approx. 4
    hours)

    NCL02

    Departing the quayside at the port of Tyne, the tour first heads to Tynemouth, a pretty village overlooking the North Sea, before heading north along the coast through Whitely Bay and past the former coal mining community of Ashington. From here the coastline opens up to a wide expanse of empty beaches separated by small fishing villages including Amble, Alnmouth and Warkworth with its ruined castle. The castles of Northumberland reflect the turbulent history of the county. Inland from Alnmouth the tour arrives at Alnwick Castle, the largest and most impressive in the county. Alnwick Castle - a stunning series of towers and battlements that dominate the surrounding countryside - has been the residence of the Duke of Northumberland's family since the early 1300s. Your castle experience includes visiting some of the beautiful staterooms. From Alnwick the tour heads south through lovely farmland affording views of the remote Cheviot and Pennine Hills. On your way back to the port, you will also pass through the pretty market town of Morpeth. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair; some areas of the Castle are not suitable for guests with walking difficulties.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      00 m

    • Adults£49.00Price per person

    • Children£35.00Price per person

  • BEAMISH OPEN AIR MUSEUM: A SNAPSHOT OF VICTORIAN WORKING
    LIFE (approx. 4.5 hours)

    NCL03

    This excursion to the Beamish Open Air Museum will take you on a trip back in time. After receiving an introduction to the site and a map, you will have time to explore the complex at your leisure. To help you get around, the museum operates a fleet of restored old trams that travel along a circular route with stops near all the key exhibits. Visit Pockerley Manor and the Clydesdale horses and Dales ponies in The Horse Yard. Also stop at the Running Shed to see the 1822 locomotive that was built by George Stephenson and is said to be the third-oldest surviving railway engine in the world. The Town Centre is also worth a visit with costumed interpreters welcoming visitors and demonstrating a bygone way of life in the many shops. There is even a reconstruction of a Freemasonic Temple which gives an insight to the Freemasonry of the period. The working Home Farm will give you an idea of how the farm was worked and how the farmer's wife spent her busy day in the large farmhouse kitchen, while the Drift Mine with all its workings will show you how mining worked in the Victorian era. Beamish Station, finally, recreates a typical branch line country station. The tour concludes with your return to Newcastle and the ship. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. The introduction to the site is given in English only; guests will visit the site individually. A few areas of the Museum are not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      00 m

    • Adults£55.00Price per person

    • Children£39.00Price per person

  • HISTORICAL DURHAM AND CATHEDRAL (about 4.5 hours)

    NCL05

    On leaving the port, you will first head towards the city centre of Newcastle. Dating from pre-Roman times, the city grew during the industrial revolution through the mining of coal and building of ships. It still boasts several grand Victorian building in addition to the famous bridges over the River Tyne. After leaving the city, a photo stop will be made at the Angel of the North, a huge steel sculpture with wings the size of a jet plane. The tour then continues on to the city of Durham. You will continue on foot to the historical city centre, now designated a World Heritage Site, and climb up the hill to the stunning Norman cathedral, which was built overlooking the river in the 12th century as a shrine to St Cuthbert. Information on the history and architecture of the cathedral will be provided. The next stop is Durham Castle (exterior only). Originally the residence of the Prince Bishops of Durham, it now belongs to Durham University, which is the third-oldest in England after Oxford and Cambridge. On your return to port, you will travel through countryside that once numbered among the world's most productive coal mining areas. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Taking photos or shooting videos inside the Cathedral is prohibited. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      00 m

    • Adults£42.00Price per person

    • Children£32.00Price per person

  • HOWICK HALL GARDENS & COASTAL WALK  (approx. 6
    hours)

    NCL08

    A coach ride from the port up to Craster, a traditional Northumberland fishing village, will be followed a chance to enjoy rolling landscape, an old-fashioned fishing village, coastal views and the dramatic ruins of a former castle on a circular walk within a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty. Starting at the Arnold Memorial Northumberland Wildlife Trust Reserve, the rural walk will see you reach Howick Hall, the highlight of the tour. As the historical home of the Earls Grey - name givers of the famous tea - the grounds also feature award-winning gardens, which you will have time to explore. Originally conceived in 1920 by the Grey family, these gardens have since been lovingly maintained and still retain their informal and natural feel. Leaving Howick, your walk continues towards the sea to follow the scenic coastal path back to Craster. You can then go for a drink in a local pub (not included in the price of the tour) or simply soak up the special atmosphere of this old village, a key fishing centre in the 19th century. Watch out for views of the 14th-century Dunstanburgh Castle, now in ruins, on your way to the coach, which will then take you back to your ship in the port of Tyne. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair as it includes long periods of walking (9.5 km); Sturdy footwear and a waterproof jacket are recommended. For 2013 campaign, this tour is not available on 27.08.2013 (MSC Magnifica).
    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      00 m

    • Adults£59.00Price per person

    • Children£42.00Price per person

  • NORTHUMBERLAND PANORAMIC & CITY OF NEWCASTLE
     (approx. 4 hours)

    NCL07

    This three-in-one coach-based outing includes a tour of Newcastle upon Tyne, a visit to the monumental Angel of the North sculpture and panoramic views of Northumberland's spectacular scenery. Dating back to Roman times, Newcastle is known for its elegant buildings that were constructed during the city's grand Victorian heyday. Look forward to driving by the monument to Earl Grey, who gave his name to the famous tea, the delightful Theatre Royal as well as the remains of the old city walls and castle. Then it's on to the quayside for wonderful views of the old bridges. On crossing the river, you will see the huge Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art en route to the Angel of the North for a photo stop. This truly awe-inspiring steel sculpture, complete with wings the size of a jet plane, dominates the entire area. The tour then takes you north, through lovely farmland affording views of the Cheviot Hills, the Pennines and the market town of Morpeth in the distance, before passing through the towns of Whitely Bay, Ashington and Tynemouth. Further scenic views then await you during the return drive to the port and your ship. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      00 m

    • Adults£39.00Price per person

    • Children£29.00Price per person

  • ROMAN HADRIAN'S WALL (approx. 4.5 hours)

    NCL01

    Enjoy the wonderful scenery of the Pennines and County Durham during this panoramic tour to the World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall. The tour begins by skirting the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, before heading west through the Tyne valley. This area is dominated by the presence of Hadrian's Wall, which was built by the Romans in the 2nd century as the northern limit of their empire and to stop the barbarian hordes attacking from the north. Travelling along a road that follows the original route of the wall, the tour arrives at Chesters Roman Fort, one of the best preserved sites along the wall. You will have a chance to explore the remains of the garrison buildings, including a centrally heated bath house. From Chesters, the tour follows this scenic road towards Housesteads Roman Fort, where a brief stop will be made at the nearby visitors' centre. Continuing along this pretty route, stops will be made to photograph the wall when conditions permit. The return leg to your ship in Newcastle will take you via the main, military road that offers more stunning views of the Tyne valley. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      00 m

    • Adults£39.00Price per person

    • Children£29.00Price per person

  • SCENIC DRIVE ACROSS THE NORTH PENNINES (approx. 6 hours)

    NCL06

    This tour will take you on a scenic drive through the beautiful countryside of the northern Pennines. The first photo stop will be at Heddon-on-the-Wall, where you will have an opportunity to see a well-preserved stretch of Hadrian's Wall, which was built by the Romans to protect the northern limits of their empire from attack by the Celts. Continuing across Muggleswick Common, you will reach Stanhope. A stop will be made at the Stanhope Dales Centre where you can enjoy tea, sandwiches and cakes (not included). The next leg will take you west across the Pennines, through an area of outstanding natural beauty known as ”England's Last Wilderness” where the air is pure and clear, and at night the stars are brilliant. Enjoy wonderful views over the high Pennines in a totally unspoilt rural area full of beautiful flowers including wild pansies and the rare bog-stars. You will also have a great view of the impressive peak of Burnhope Seat in the south. At the village of Alston, the highest market town in England, the steep cobbled streets provide further excellent views of the surrounding countryside. Leaving the Pennines, you will pass Langley Castle Hotel and travel along a scenic route dotted with ancient buildings, tiny villages and thriving market towns. Your return journey begins at Haydon Bridge and includes a short detour through the ancient Roman town of Corbridge before heading back to your ship. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. For 2013 campaign this tour is not available on 27.08.2013 (MSC Magnifica).
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      00 m

    • Adults£42.00Price per person

    • Children£32.00Price per person

The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
Shore excursions programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
 
Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom is not just one country but four – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – and a multitude of cultural identities: God forbid you should call a Scot or a Welshman English for example.


Don’t miss the true London experience during your holiday to the United Kingdom; the capital is the one place that features on everyone’s itinerary. 

Brighton and Canterbury offer contrasting diversions – the former a lively seaside resort, the latter one of Britain’s finest medieval cities. 


The southwest of England holds the rugged moorlands of Devon, the rocky coastline of Cornwall, and the historic spa city of Bath, while the chief attractions of central England are the university cities of Oxford and Cambridge

Further north, the former industrial cities of Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle are lively, rejuvenated places, and York has splendid historical treasures, but the landscape, especially the uplands of the Lake District, is the biggest magnet. 


The finest of Scotland’s lochs, glens and peaks, and the magnificent scenery of the West Coast islands, can be reached easily from Glasgow and Edinburgh – the latter perhaps Britain’s most attractive urban landscape. Finally, a cruise to the United Kingdom isn’t complete without a stop in Northern Ireland with its capital city Belfast and the spectacular Giant’s Causeway.