Mayflower cruise terminal in Southampton reopened after a £6 million revamp to enable it to cater for some of the biggest cruise ships afloat and cope with more guests.

The terminal is one of four in the city. It originally opened in 1960 and will be used by the Queen Mary 2, the new Britannia and Ventura on a regular basis.

More than 200 workers have been engaged on the refurbishment over the winter months. The work, which began in December 2014, includes the addition of 36 check in desks, a larger guest lounge, and extra security search lanes. Drop-off and pick-up areas at the entrance have been expanded and redesigned.

ABP (Associated British Ports) Southampton that owns the port, said the project had been critical to ensure the city retained its title as "Europe's Leading Cruise Turnaround Port amidst a predicted rise in passengers".

According to the company, the improvements would ensure "the very best passenger experience with reduced congestion". ABP Southampton director, Nick Ridehalgh, added they were committed to investing heavily in their facilities in order to provide world-class service to customers and help port-related businesses grow.

In 2013, the port was used by 1.7 million passengers, an increase of 25% in passenger numbers is expected by 2017.