First Cruise Ship Arrives At New Portsmouth Terminal

Portsmouth’s new cruise terminal has been ‘christened’ with its first visit by a cruise ship, when the Saga Cruises’ ship Spirit of Discovery called at the port recently.

Portsmouth Harbour

The ship and her guests were the very first to make use of the new Portsmouth International Port terminal, which is being celebrated as a carbon-neutral terminal.

It’s an extension to the pre-existing port facilities that already existed at Portsmouth, and the hopes are that it will see more than 100 port visits during the 2024 cruise season.

The terminal is already operating at net carbon neutrality and it has more conservation-related developments planned for the future, helping to set the terminal up as one of the most eco-friendly in the world.

The terminal took 18 months to renovate and the project is estimated to have cost around £11 million / $14 million.

From the start of this development we were determined to retain our environmental values, however, we have now exceeded our ambitions and the new terminal extension with its sophisticated engineering technology is on track to generate more energy than it uses.

Mike Sellers, Portsmouth International Port director

The new extension means that the port can now process ships up to 300 metres or 984 feet in length – still ruling out many of the world’s biggest ships, but creating many exciting opportunities for mid-sized vessels.

Currently, Portsmouth handles around 50 cruise ship visits a year, so the plans for 2024’s 100 visits are ambitious, but realistic.

Cruise ships that currently use Portsmouth as a port of call include luxury ships Oceania Riviera, Seabourn Ovation, and Viking Neptune.

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