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Southampton to open fifth cruise terminal for 2021 season

Port of Southampton new cruise terminal, Horizon Cruise Terminal

A new “next-generation” cruise terminal will open at the Port of Southampton for the 2021 season.

Developed in partnership with MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, the terminal will use roof-mounted solar power and will also have shore power connectivity installed to boost sustainability. This will allow ships that have the necessary technology to plug in while at the port.

The £55 million project has received support from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership through the government’s Getting Building Fund with an £8 million grant.

ABP Southampton director Alastair Welch said: “We’re very pleased to announce this major advance in our cruise infrastructure at the port, delivering further access to Southampton for the industry, while supporting our commitment to accelerate improvements in local air quality.

“This investment is a huge vote of confidence in the future of cruise in Southampton and we’re excited to be at the forefront of a growing industry.”

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Inside the new terminal at the Port of Southampton

MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato said: “We are really proud to be further supporting the UK cruise industry at this incredibly important time for both the industry and the UK economy. At MSC Cruises we really believe in the potential of the UK cruise market and making this long-term commitment is evidence of that.

“Over the last five years MSC Cruises has increased our presence in the UK & Irish markets and following a positive response from travel agents and our guests we feel now is the right time to make a more substantial commitment.

“We are in a unique position that not only will we be committing to having an MSC Cruises’ ship homeport from Southampton every year, but several of our ships will be visiting Southampton as a destination as part of our wider cruise programme.”

NCLH senior vice-president of commercial development Steve Moeller said the agreement “demonstrates our commitment to the region”.

Minister for Maritime, Department for Transport, Robert Courts MP added: “Southampton is the heart of the UK’s cruising industry and a new terminal will create even more jobs and boost the area’s economy.

“As we continue to support the cruise sector in its restart and recovery, it’s great to see government funding being used to help deliver better services for passengers. This next-generation facility also showcases to ports around the world how we’re pioneering the use of green technology right here in the UK.”

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