Port set to welcome back an old friend

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THE world class cruise ship Boudicca was this morning due to arrive in Portsmouth for one day.

She was due to stop-off en route from Guernsey to Rosyth in Scotland to allow her 820 passengers the chance to see the city’s sights – the largest number of tourists from a cruise ship to visit the city so far this year.

Fred.Olsen, which owns and operates the 28,000-tonne ship, has also chosen the port as the start and finish point for the recently-refitted ship’s early winter season.

Starting from November 1, Boudicca will be a regular visitor to Portsmouth, as passengers embark and disembark from a variety of cruises around Europe and the Mediterranean.

Port manager Martin Putman said: ‘We’re pleased to welcome Boudicca back to Portsmouth International Port.

‘It’s always good to see old friends again, and we’re delighted that Fred. Olsen has chosen to spend more time with us over the coming months and years.

‘It’s a great example of how we are growing our cruise ship business by developing the port.’