A record two million cruise passengers passed through the port last year, providing a multi-million pound boost to the local economy.
Every time a cruise ship visits Southampton, it is estimated to bring a cash boost of £2m and in 2017 there more than 500 cruise calls.
ABP Southampton director, Alastair Welch, said: “2017 was a record-breaking year for the Port of Southampton and 2018 looks set to be even busier.
“A huge amount of work goes into ensuring all passengers transit our facilities with the greatest of ease and it is testament to our whole port community that two million cruise passengers receive Southampton’s world class service.”
In 2017 the port experienced its busiest long weekend ever when 15 cruise ships visited the port in June.
And it was recognised for the ninth consecutive year as the Best UK Departure Port by Cruise Critic UK editors.
The port is also looking forward to a bumper 2018 with eight maiden calls and a naming ceremony for Azamara Cruises’ Azamara Pursuit.
Azamara chief operating officer Carol Cabezas said: “This ship has a very strong British heritage and it has a fantastic following here.
“Plus, we have seen a tremendous amount of demand from the UK audience.
“We’ve never had a christening in our brand’s history and we want to do that in Southampton.”
On 31 August the port will experience a six ship day when Arcadia, Aurora, Braemar, Independence of the Seas, Mein Schiff 3 and Queen Victoria will all be alongside in Southampton.
This day will showcase the diversity Southampton delivers for a range of lines and the breadth of off the cruise industry now has.
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