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Portsmouth receives £18 million to transform cruise port
Portsmouth International Port has received an £18 million (US$24 million) investment, which will be used to fund upgrade facilities and enable ships carrying up to 2,000 passengers to berth at the port. The funding has been granted to help the port capitalise on significant opportunities to grow its cruise business. In 2018, the city welcomed 48 calls and has plans for over 100 in the coming years.
Portsmouth hosts two ships from Noble Caledonia in one day
Two of Noble Caledonia’s luxury cruise ships called at Portsmouth International Port in the UK on 31 August. Sailing into Portsmouth from the Scilly Isles, Hebridean Sky and Serenissima arrived within two hours of each other. The recently refurbished Hebridean Sky (formerly Sea Explorer) docked for a turnaround call, disembarking around 116 passengers in the morning and departing with another set of guests on a private charter cruise to St Peter Port in Guernsey later that evening. Serenissima also made a turnaround visit, departing on an 11-day ‘Splendours of Normandy, Brittany & the Atlantic Edge’ cruise. “It’s always delightful to have these wonderful small vessels in port, so to have two on the same day is quite a treat,” said Rupert Taylor, harbour master at Portsmouth International Port.
Crystal Symphony makes records at Portsmouth International Port
Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony became the largest cruise ship to have ever called in Portsmouth International Port when she visited the UK city on 9 June 2017. Crystal Symphony, which is just under 240 metres long, brought around 800 passengers to Portsmouth at the end of her cruise around the British and Irish coastline. The visit marked the first time that Crystal has chosen Portsmouth International Port either as a port of call or as a turnaround facility. Guests spent their last night of the cruise alongside at Portsmouth International Port, before disembarking on 10 June. “I’m delighted that Crystal has chosen Portsmouth International Port,” said Rupert Taylor, harbour master at Portsmouth International Port. “We have worked hard to gain a reputation as a destination for small and medium-sized luxury liners, and Crystal Symphony is one of the most highly rated cruise ships in the world.News schreiben