Portsmouth International Port to have busiest ever cruise season in 2024

The UK port will welcome around 155,000 passengers and ten inaugural calls

Portsmouth International Port to have busiest ever cruise season in 2024

Portsmouth International Port

Virgin Voyages is among the operators who will sail from Portsmouth in 2024

By Alex Smith |

Portsmouth International Port is to have its busiest ever cruise season in 2024, welcoming around 155,000 passengers and 10 maiden calls throughout the year.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Star will become the largest vessel to ever enter the harbour when the 294-metre-long ship arrives for the first time in May, breaking the record set by TUI’s Mein Schiff 3 in 2023. Two new operators, Regent Seven Seas and Compagnie Française de Croisières, will also be calling at Portsmouth for the first time in April.

Saga will continue to visit Portsmouth for a second season, with weekly calls expected throughout January and February. Virgin Voyages, meanwhile, will return to the port in August as Resilient Lady begins a series of three to six-night sailings as well as weekend breaks to Amsterdam and Zeebrugge.

“I am really excited to launch our 2024 cruise schedule,” said Andrew Williamson, head of cruise and ferry at Portsmouth International Port.  “We have been working hard over the last few years to boost our offering to cruise lines and attract new customers to the port and city which has paid off, with the next year looking to be our busiest yet.”

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