Portsmouth International Port looks to exciting 2016

2015 Season coming to a close

On Thursday 19th November, Albatros will mark the end of the 2015 cruise season for Portsmouth International Port. The cruise ship has called twice in the last month, each time bringing 800 eager passengers to explore the historic city and surrounding area.

Although Southampton has many more cruise ships each year, Portsmouth generally caters for the smaller ships and rewards their guests with a more personal customer service experience, plus a lot more heritage and discoveries just minutes away from the port. For example, the Royal Navy Historic Dockyard, Gunwharf Quays shopping and restaurants, and nearby Southsea seafront are just a few attractions on Portsmouth International Port’s doorstep.

Spinnaker Tower during the day
Spinnaker Tower during the day

By catering to the slightly smaller ships, they also bring in some unusual cruise lines that generally would bypass the South Coast. In 2016 Portsmouth is proud to announce that National Geographic’s ship Orion will be visiting, with just 53 cabins for 102 guests this ship was designed especially for expedition travel and smaller, more engaging port visits.

However, Portsmouth International Port doesn’t just cater for the smallest of luxury cruise ships; Saga Cruises Saga Sapphire will also be visiting in 2016; with a capacity of 720 passengers the port will easily be able to accommodate them amongst the daily ferries to France and Spain.

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2016 is looking busy!

The 2016 cruise season has been announced this week by the port and they are scheduled for 35 cruise ships currently. The season kicks off in mid-April with the arrival of Swan Hellenic’s Minerva.  May will mark the busiest month for the port, with 12 cruise ships visiting. Past visitors to the port include other Saga Cruise ships and seven-star luxury brands such as Silversea, who’s guests want a port that can offer high levels of service matched with engaging shore excursions and surroundings.

Want to see what you missed? The 2015 schedule is still currently live on their website. We’ll update you on the full 2016 schedule soon! In the meantime, you can visit our full port profile for Portsmouth International Port and we also have a virtual tour too!

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