CRUISE ship traffic at Portsmouth International Port is up 34 per cent.
Following the terminal’s recent £16m makeover figures have revealed bookings for cruises leaving from the city up are 10 per cent.
Sixteen different cruise ship companies now operate out of the port and Harbour Captain Rupert Taylor said it is in part down to them focusing on smaller cruise ships which are able to go to places the larger liners cannot reach.
He said: ‘There’s been quite a lot of development over the last two or three years and it started recently with the brand new £60m passenger terminal which is a really massive improvement on the old terminal. That has been really well received by all ferry customers and we’ve also had great feedback from the passenger lines that have started to use us.
‘On the back of that we’ve also increased some of the berth size so we can attract some of the larger vessels, which has been helpful. Last winter we also made a larger turning circle just off berth four which also also increases the attractiveness of the port for larger uses.’
Travel agents from the Association of Cruise Ship Experts have been invited down today to find out about the benefits of travelling on a smaller cruise ship - bigger cabins, more staff with a more personal service, and the ability to travel to destinations such as the Antarctic and the Amazon.