Portsmouth International Port hosts CLIA Expo

Portsmouth International Port hosts CLIA Expo
Travel agents waving their Spanish fans in recognition of Minerva’s embarkation for an Iberian Discovery cruise

Portsmouth International Port hosted an expedition cruising event for select travel agents on behalf of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) on 21 July.

Focused on discovery cruising, the expo gave Portsmouth International Port the chance to showcase its facilities and highlight the range of shore excursion possibilities for visiting cruise lines and their passengers. As part of this effort, Paul Sherry from cruise excursion company More Than a Tour spoke to the travel agents about the wide range of historical and other tourist attractions found close to Portsmouth International Port.

Representatives from Silversea Cruises and Scenic Cruises were on hand in the port’s passenger terminal to brief the travel agents about their latest discovery and expedition cruises. Meanwhile, All Leisure Holidays hosted a presentation for the CLIA delegates onboard Swan Hellenic’s Minerva. The travel agents also toured the ship and learned about the range of cruises ALH offers from Portsmouth.

“This is the fourth CLIA Expo that we’ve hosted, and this year we will focus on promoting our wonderful city to an ever growing number of interested travel agents,” Rupert Taylor, harbour master at Portsmouth International Port. “We have carved a niche handling discovery and explorer cruise ships, with an excellent range of holidays starting from and visiting Portsmouth.”

Portsmouth-based marine wildlife charity ORCA also showcased how their whale watching experts are training the bridge crew of Swan Hellenic’s Minerva to spot whales, dolphins and porpoises on journeys to and from Portsmouth International Port. The data will help the charity understand more about the distribution of these magnificent creatures and how to protect them in the future.

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