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Southampton tallies busiest month of the year so far

View from Southampton's Western Docks with five ships welcoming passengers
The Port of Southampton has had its busiest month of the year to date for cruise, with two consecutive five cruise ship weekends during August.

On Saturday August 7 and 14, each one of the port’s cruise terminals was occupied.

First five ship day

During the first five ships day, Ocean Cruise Terminal hosted P&O Cruises’ Iona. She later left her home port for her maiden passenger cruise.

Marella Explorer departed from Queen Elizabeth II Terminal in the Eastern Docks, MSC Cruises’ MSC Virtuosa was at the port’s newest terminal, Horizon Cruise Terminal.

Anthem of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s second largest ship in its Quantum-class, was at City Cruise Terminal, and Regal Princess, Princess Cruises’ Royal-class ship, departed from Mayflower Terminal in the Western Docks.

Take two

On the second weekend, Celebrity Silhouette replaced Anthem of the Seas at City Cruise Terminal, with all other ships above returning to their respective terminals for further passenger operations. 

Rebekah Keeler, Head of Cruise at ABP, said: ‘It’s taken a huge collaborative effort by the industry to bring cruise back safely and it fills us all with pride to see passengers once again beginning their holidays here at the Port of Southampton.’

Before the industry pause, the Port of Southampton would typically welcome two million passengers every year, with each cruise call bringing in over £2.7m into the local economy.


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