ABPplans to invest £6m in the revamp of cruise ship terminal
Associated British Ports (ABP) has unveiled plans to invest £6m in the revamp of a cruise ship terminal in Southampton after striking an agreement with Carnival Cruise Lines. The renovation works at the Mayflower Cruise Terminal include a complete redesign of the departure, check-in, security and passenger lounges as well as drop-off and pick-up areas. The expansion of the internal space, which will include removing 100 tonnes of blockwork walls and floors and installing 500 tonnes of new steelwork frames, will create a reception area of 35,000 sq ft and means that passengers can wait there before boarding their cruise. A 46-person lift is to be added, along with ten new toilet facilities and heating ventilation, to cater for the thousands of passengers who pass through the terminal every hour. With each cruise ship turnaround estimated to bring more than £2m to the economy, Nick Ridehalgh, director of ABP Southampton, said: "The benefits of the improvements will affect a much wider group than just those heading off on cruises. Businesses across the city, such as taxis, hotels and restaurants for examples, all benefit from the cruise industry."We must ensure we continue to work with the cruise lines and their guests to ensure Southampton remains the UK cruise port of choice."Steven Young, director of port services and government affairs at Carnival UK, added: "Cruising out of Southampton forms the core part of our offering to the UK cruise market which in terms of volume is second only to the US."This particularly appeals to those who prefer not to fly and who appreciate the ability of being able to drive to the terminal door, hand their keys to a valet parker and then have their luggage delivered to them, for a stress-free travel experience." Source : insidermedia
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