Cruise passenger numbers in Portsmouth to triple
Monday August 19th, 2019
Portsmouth International Port is set to welcome 150,000 new cruise passengers every year following the announcement of a multi-million-pound investment.
Already considered a major UK port, the significant investment of over £15 million is set to position the City as a leading competitor in the cruise market.
The investment by Portsmouth City Council is set to increase the size of cruise ships the Port can manage and will include changes to the current terminal building to handle cruise and ferry passengers more efficiently and appropriate walkway access for passengers to the ship
Over the last few years the port has seen a steady number of cruise calls. Over 50 calls are expected in 2019 bringing 50,000 passengers to Hampshire’s shores. The ambition is to increase by 50% to 100 by 2022 and welcoming over 150,000 passengers.
Mike Sellers, Portsmouth International Port’s director said: “Portsmouth is in an enviable location for cruise, with world famous attractions and a dramatic waterfront, there are plenty of opportunities to grow the city’s share of the market. More passengers will also drive demand for additional hotels, an increased spend in shops and restaurants, not to mention putting Portsmouth on the international map.’’
Ian Diaper, Portsmouth International Port’s head of operations said: “Being in a position where we can accommodate the size of ships major lines have in their fleet, means we’re in a great place to attract over 100 calls in the small, mid-size luxury and expedition cruise sector.
“The cruise market is rapidly growing, with lines looking to diversify and attract a broader share of potential customers. Once the cruise berth extension is complete we’ll then turn our attention to transforming the current terminal building in anticipation for an upsurge in passengers. We’ll be looking to accommodate up to 2,000 cruise guests, which will mean additional check-in desks, security and lounge facilities, plus a baggage hall able to handle the passenger volumes expected.’’
Work starts in later this year and is expected to be completed in the spring 2020.