Port gearing up for busiest cruise season

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HAVING already welcomed three cruise ships to Portsmouth this season, another 24 cruise ships will arrive in the city in the next two months.

The start of May signals the beginning of the busiest period of 2014 at Portsmouth International Port.

When explorer ship MS Fram cruised into Portsmouth on Saturday, bringing her guests to the waterfront city, it was the start of an intensive eight-week period of activity at the port.

Built to withstand the rigours of sailing in polar waters, MS Fram is designed to get guests closer to nature.

Martin Putman, port manager of Portsmouth International Port, said: ‘We’re never happier than when the port is busy.

‘Seeing so many cruise ships arriving in May and June will put smiles on the faces of all the staff.

‘They’ve worked hard to ensure that Portsmouth has developed a name in the cruise industry for great service.

‘The large numbers of passengers booked to arrive and depart is testament to the confidence cruise operators now have in us.’