Port of Southampton Boasts Record Breaking 2M Cruise Passengers in 2017

By ,   February 6, 2018 ,   Cruise Industry

More than 500 ship visits helped port of Southampton attract a record breaking 2 million cruise passengers last year.

Numbers are set to grow further in 2018 with a number of vessels calling into the port for the first time, including Norwegian Bliss, AIDAperla, MSC Meraviglia, Sapphire Princess, ms Zuiderdam, ms Koningsdam and Seven Seas Navigator.

This year the cruise port expects 8 maiden cruise ship calls as well as the naming ceremony for Azamara Pursuit.

Port of Southampton

Every time a cruise vessel visits port of Southampton, it's estimated to bring to the local economy a cash boost of £2 million.

On August 31 the port will experience a 6-ship day when Queen Victoria, Aurora, ArcadiaBraemar, Mein Schiff 3 and Independence of the Seas will all be alongside.

The busiest long weekend ever was in June 2017 when 15 cruise ships visited the port.