Monday, 18 April 2011

Portsmouth's new terminal welcomes first cruise passengers

Portsmouth's new terminal welcomes first cruise passengers
Monday, April 18, 2011
The first cruise passengers to use Portsmouth International Port’s newly opened terminal arrived last week.
Classic International Cruises’ ship Athena, arrived on Thursday from Freemantle in Australia on March 6.

The new terminal opened its doors to passengers on April 1 and is designed to accommodate both ferry and cruise ship passengers. The building is part of a £16.5 million investment in new facilities at the port.

Commenting, Martin Putman, port manager said: "This is just the start of a busy season of cruise ship visits for us at Portsmouth International Port. The changes we've made are already attracting more business from cruise ship companies."

The port is expecting around 34 cruise ship calls between now and the end of December, with All Leisure Group basing three ships in Portsmouth for their summer season.

Other visits will include the expedition ship the National Geographic Explorer, and Fred Olsen’s Boudicca.

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