Council leader welcomes captain of cruise ship during maiden visit to Portsmouth
A COUNCIL leader met with the captain of a cruise ship to mark its maiden visit to the city.
Viking Cruises' newest oceanÂ ship Viking Sun visited Portsmouth last week as part of its 15-day trip from Norway.
The ship's 930 quests stopped off at the city to visit some of its popular sites while Portsmouth City Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson exchanged official plaques with the ship's captainÂ Olav Soevdsnes.
CllrÂ Vernon-Jackson said: '˜We're honoured to welcome Viking Sun to our port. Viking Cruises is a valued cruise line to the city and we're delighted to host so many of their fleet.'Â
Launched last year,Â the 227-metre Viking Sun is an intimate, small ship class, with capacity for 930 guests.
Captain Soevdsnes said: '˜Guests are certainly fascinated by the history the city offers.
'As my first introdiction to Portsmouth I am also impressed by the location and attractions.'