The Shaun on the Tyne team had to get their sea legs ready for a trip to Port of Tyne in North Shields to welcome the latest sponsor to our flock.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines are the latest company to come ‘on board’ and as we sail closer to the trail going live, we took Shaun along to meet the crew.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines already has long-standing links to Newcastle, having offered cruises from the region for many years, starting with passenger ferry trips to Norway in the 1950s and 1960s, and now offers cruises from the city to destinations including Scandinavia, the Arctic, Iceland the Canary Islands and more. This summer, Fred. Olsen’s ships Balmoral and flagship Bolette will both be offering sailings from the city.

The cruise line has been working with local artist Chloe Kacperski to capture everything that is great about summertime in the city, as well as the joy of cruising, although the design is strictly hidden below deck until the trail starts on Wednesday 19th July.

Peter Deer, Managing Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“We are extremely proud of our long and happy relationship with the city of Newcastle. Our cruise ships are a regular sight upon the Tyne, and they, along with our guests and crew, always receive a warm and happy welcome.

“We know that St Oswald’s Hospice is an extremely valued and vital service within the local community, and our sponsorship of Newcastle’s Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne giant art trail is our way of saying thank you, and giving back to the city that has supported us over the years. We can’t wait to get fundraising with our guests on board!”


Although Shaun will be keeping his feet firmly on dry land and will be on display at a Newcastle location, there will be a chance for a lucky trail goer to win a cruise, thanks to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, when our official trail app launches at the start of the trail. Look out for special rewards and offers courtesy of many of our sponsors, with more info about the app coming soon.

Thank you to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines for their support of our trail and St Oswald’s Hospice.

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