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NEXT year is already looking like a busy time for Portsmouth International Port.

More than 35 ships are booked in to visit the port in 2015.

The season starts on March 1 and runs until November.

Many of the cruise ships coming to the city are repeat visitors, although there are some ships that are arriving at the waterfront city for the first time.

The first cruise liner into port will be Voyager on St David’s Day.

She will arrive from La Coruna in Spain, disembarking passengers from one cruise holiday then leaving for Norway, with a new set of holidaymakers.

Captain Rupert Taylor, harbour master at Portsmouth International Port, is in charge of cruise ship bookings and operations.

He said: ‘2015 is shaping up to be another successful year.

‘I’m particularly pleased to see the number of turnaround calls is up next year, a vote of confidence in the cruise services that we offer operators and passengers alike.

‘It also means more work for the outside companies that provide services to cruise ships at Portsmouth International Port.’

Europa 2, a new visitor to the port, arrives in June and is described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘the ultimate in casual luxury for those who don’t stand on pomp and ceremony’.