Cruise ship visits into Portsmouth on the rise

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THE first cruise ship call of the season at Portsmouth International Port will take place on Monday.

The classic cruise ship Azores will bring 550 passengers for a day visit to the city.

Built in 1948, Azores started life as an ocean liner.

In 2004, she was converted into a luxury cruise ship and is now owned by the Portuguese company, Portuscale.

Until last year the ship was known as Athena, 
and has been a regular visitor to the port in the past.

Tourist call visits are an important part of the business at Portsmouth International Port.

Captain Rupert Taylor, Portsmouth International Port Harbour Master, said: ‘Just three years ago we had six tourist calls, now we have 17.

‘This increase in the number of visiting cruise ships is great news for Portsmouth.

‘Each liner with her tourists means a boost for the local economy, starting with jobs at the port.

‘As passengers make their way through our award-winning terminal others feel the benefit, too.’