Nearly GBP 8 million has been invested in the seaport's passenger facilities in the past 20 years, including GBP 5 million in transforming Northumbrian Quay into a purpose-built cruise ship berth. According to Graeme Hardie, head of operations at Port of Tyne, in the last twenty years, the port had welcomed more than 700k cruise passengers from a total of 60 different cruise lines on 450 calls.
In 2019, Port Tyne is due to welcome a record 59 cruise visits. As cruise vacations continue to evolve, so do the port's facilities: earlier in 2019, Tyne opened a new Marella Cruises' car park and baggage terminal. August sees it embark on a GBP 0.5 million project to widen Northumbrian Quay, thus ensuring North East England is cruising forward into the future.