Christopher Columbus sets sail for Portsmouth

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ITS destinations are firmly Old World, rather than New World, and the MS Columbus is calling at Portsmouth International Port on its journey.

It is a cruise liner that takes its name from one of the greatest maritime explorers, and tomorrow she will be bringing her 384 passengers to the home of the navy.

The luxury cruise ship arrives at Portsmouth International Port at 8am, and the passengers will have the opportunity to explore.

MS Columbus’s stop at Portsmouth International Port is part of a round Britain and Ireland cruise, exploring the castles and wild beauty of the coastline.

The ship departed from Kiel in Germany on July 6, calling at Rosyth, Invergordon, Kirkwall, Portree, Stornoway, Greenock, Dublin and Fowey.

Martin Putman, port manager at Portsmouth International Port, said: ‘Cruise ships are becoming an important part of our business, and increasingly important to Portsmouth itself.

‘With more cruise liners booked to visit in 2012 it’s good news for the local economy.’