Associated British Ports’ Port of Southampton has been named the UK’s Best Departure Port for the sixth year running, ABP says in its press release.
Southampton won the coveted title in the 2014 Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks Awards.
Southampton is not only the UK’s leading cruise port but Europe’s number one turnaround cruise port as well.
As well as being the home port for world famous vessels like Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, the port regularly hosts cruise industry occasions such as the naming of the Royal Princess by the Duchess of Cambridge and the recent visit of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship. Next year will see the naming ceremony of P&O’s new vessel Britannia, the biggest vessel built specifically for the UK market, which will have Southampton as her homeport.
In 2013 Southampton saw more than 400 vessel calls, including P&O’s Oriana and Oceana, and over 1.6m passengers pass through its four dedicated cruise terminals, as they embarked on holidays to destinations such as New York, the Caribbean and Norway.
Nick Ridehalgh, ABP Director, Southampton, said: “We are extremely proud that Southampton has again been named the UK’s best departure port by Cruise Critic.