£12 million upgrade for Port of Southampton

The Port of Southampton and cruise agency Carnival UK are to collectively invest £12 million in upgrading the city’s Ocean cruise terminal. 

This renovation will ensure that the terminal is properly able to accommodate P&O’s Cruises new ship Iona when it launches in May 2020. 

Passenger capacity will be increased by a huge 50%, the existing solar panelled roof will be extended and much needed improvements are to be made to both the inside of the terminal building and at the quayside. 

Work is expected to begin sometime in October and finish around the same time next year. 

“Bigger ships introduce greater operational complexity and we are pleased to be working alongside ABP and our port community on this series of improvements to the terminal ahead of welcoming Iona in 2020,” said Carnival UK’s VP of port and shore operations Steve Young. 

The 5,200-passenger Iona is currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany and will be the first P&O Cruises ship to be powered by liquified natural gas. 

Over two million passengers pass through the Port of Southampton every year making it the busiest cruise ship port across the whole of the UK. 

Source: Cruise Critic