Passengers and cruises


ABP's ports are at the forefront of cruise travel in the UK, spearheaded by the Port of Southampton - Europe's second largest cruise port. ABP also has a range of port hubs for passengers using roro services to a range of Continental destinations from Norway to Spain. 

The Port of Southampton is the cruise capital of the UK, serving more than one million passengers each year.  Southampton boasts the finest cruise passenger facilities from dedicated terminals through to extensive carparking, and including the opportunity to arrive from door-to-port by rail.  Passengers are taking their "holiday of a lifetime" leading cruise operators, including P&O Cruises, Cunard Line, Royal Caribbean International, MSC, Fred Olsen Cruise Line, and Saga Holidays.  Southampton is home to the Red Funnel ferry service to the Isle of Wight - offering nearly 40 sailings a day.

Further along the coast, the Port of Plymouth offers passengers the choice of travel to France and Spain through Brittany Ferries, which caters for more than 450,000 passengers each year on its routes to Roscoff, St Malo, and Santander.  The port also has the capability to handle "niche" cruise calls.

On the Humber, at the Port of Hull P&O Ferries operates daily overnight superfast services to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge, each year handling more than a million passengers.  The port also has facilities to handle cruise vessels.

On the west coast of Scotland at the Port of Troon, P&O Ferries offer daily sailings to Larne in Northern Ireland to serve the Irish market and, during the period from March to October, complement its traditional ferry service with an express ferry operation. At its sister Port of Ayr, facilities are available to accommodate super yachts.

The Lake District is one of the UK's most popular tourist regions, and as a result the Port of Barrow provides easy access for cruise operators including the outstanding area as part of an Irish Sea tour package.

At the South Wales Ports of Cardiff and Swansea, facilities are available for cruise calls for operators targeting this increasingly popular tourist destination.