Portsmouth Port’s booming cruise ship visits help it mark industry celebration

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PORTSMOUTH International Port has thrown its weight behind National Cruise Week, which began on Saturday.

Captain Rupert Taylor, who is cruise manager at the port, said the week was important for the industry to highlight what’s on offer to customers.

The port is this year having its busiest ever season for cruise ship visits.

He said: ‘National Cruise Week is an opportunity for the industry to show what is available.

‘Portsmouth International Port has had a very busy summer, welcoming 29 cruise ships during the busy summer months. We look forward to welcoming many of these ships back again next year.’

Andy Harmer, director of cruise industry organisation the CLIA, says the boom in holidays at sea keeps on growing.

He added: ‘Each year we see record numbers of British passengers choosing to take a cruise with the sheer diversity of destinations and the great choice of ships and exceptional personal service being the driving factors.’

In November, Thomson’s cruise ship Celebration will visit Portsmouth for the first time, arriving in the city from Turkey, via Portugal.