Portsmouth set for busy cruise year

03 December 2012 09:37

The harbour is set to see more people beginning and ending cruise holidays

The harbour is set to see more people beginning and ending cruise holidays

Workers at Portsmouth harbour are preparing for a busy 2013 with more passengers than ever set to use the port to start and end their cruise holidays next year. Coupled with more day visitors expected to visit the tourist attractions on offer in the city, officials are hopeful plans to invest millions on infrastructure and shopping facilities will pay off.

Among the ships visiting the port next year will be the Wind Surf, the world's largest sailing ship. She will be one of 50 ships to visit the area, all full with passengers enjoying a safe cruise holiday having taken out cruise travel insurance. Port officials expect there to be a rise of 43% in the number of cruise liners coming to Portsmouth, largely thanks to work carried out to improve the layout of the port.

Martin Putman, port manager, said nine in 10 of the cruise ships will be return customers - meaning once operators are aware of what Portsmouth offers, they keep coming back. Mike Hancock, cabinet member for Portsmouth City Council, added: "It's not just people coming into Portsmouth for day trips - more people will be starting and finishing their journeys here, which means they might need to stay overnight, and spend some time in Portsmouth and south Hampshire."

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