Port of Southampton celebrates milestone year for cruise

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2022 has been a significant year for cruise at the Port of Southampton, with teams supporting a total of 600 cruise days in the port (489 cruise calls, with ships spending 111 days ‘alongside’ without passenger operations). 

The year saw eight plaque and key ceremonies to honour maiden calls into Europe’s leading cruise turn around port from Azamara Onward, Celebrity Beyond, Silver Moon, Norwegian Prima, Aida Perla, Aida Cosma and Enchanted Princess. Most recently, the port celebrated welcoming P&O Cruises’ newest ship Arvia, and her blessing on 21 December.

Continuing its work to promote air quality initiatives, in Spring the port switched Shore Power on at two of the five world-class cruise terminals – Horizon and Mayflower – and since then has supported 15 ships to ‘plug in’ a total of 42 times for zero emissions at berth.

Looking ahead to 2023, the port is due to welcome 492 cruise calls and will host maiden calls from a further seven cruise ships including new-build ships:

  • MSC Explora 1, 248 metres (814ft) long and carrying 992 passengers
  • Silversea Cruises’ Silver Nova, 244m (801ft) long with room for 728 passengers.

The port aims to build on its successes in 2022, which include being awarded the Best Port Award for the second consecutive year at the prestigious Wave Awards as well as a Highly Commended in the Environmental Initiative category. The port also celebrated its tenth win for the Best UK Departure Port in the Cruise Critic UK Editor’s Pick Awards.

Rebekah Keeler, Head of Cruise at Associated British Ports, said: “We’re proud to provide award-winning cruise operational support year-round to the world’s biggest and smallest cruise ships. Alongside this, our ongoing roll out of our air quality strategy sees us take huge strides in facilitating zero emissions at berth.  

“Supported by our port-based cruise services providers, we look forward to another successful year in 2023.”