Newcastle upon Tyne

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.

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    United Kingdom

    God Save the Queen
    God Save the Queen

    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.