NO fewer than 37 cruise ships are expected to call at the Port of Tyne this year.
That tally of three a month is in an all-time high for the North Shields ferry terminal.
The port has gone from having no cruise calls at all ten years ago to becoming a popular stop-off for ships, thanks to investment of more than £100m on infrastructure.
Last week, the port played host to the Cruise and Maritime Voyages ship the Marco Polo, welcoming more than 800 passengers on a 14-night tour of the highlands and islands of the British isles.
Port of Tyne chief operating officer Steven Harrison said: “We are very pleased to welcome more ships from Cruise and Maritime Voyages and are looking forward to seeing the Ocean Countess back next year with five more cruise calls.
“Our cruise and ferry business added £45m to the regional economy in 2011 and, with a record amount of ships visiting this season, we expect this will grow significantly this year.”