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Portsmouth Takes You There

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Cruise Trade information

Access is simple, with the motorway running right to the door, rail links across the country and Southampton Airport just 30 minutes away. London Heathrow is 66 miles away and London Gatwick is 80 miles away, all conveniently accessible via the motorway network. London is also accessible, being only 75 miles away. From departure in Portsmouth, cruise ships are soon in the English Channel.

On arrival at the Port terminal, cruise passengers will be met and their luggage taken by porters for security checks. From there it will be conveyed to the ship by truck and loaded onto the vessel. The next time passengers see their luggage will be in the comfort of their own cabin.

Click below for our cruise video and scroll down the page for our 360 VR video

Our quayside staff, Port Director and Harbour Master have the expertise to provide all the technical assistance needed for successful turnarounds, with a renowned reputation for reliability. Our berthing facilities are perfect for small and mid-sized cruise ships, and we provide a bespoke service for every vessel. 

If passengers are making their final stop in Portsmouth, luggage will follow the labelling process on board ship to make identification easier after disembarkation. Luggage will be offloaded from the ship and taken by truck where it will be segregated by colour code / deck level or other arrangements indicated by the cruise ship. It will be laid out in the Baggage Hall awaiting identification. Passengers will then retrieve their luggage.

Portsmouth International Port is a member of CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) and Cruise Britain, both of which support the cruise industry. The Port hosts travel agent visits/workshops on a regular basis partnering with CLIA, click below for the video of one of these events.


For a truly immersive VR lookaround the cruise offering and what Portsmouth has to offer, download the link below for our 360 video.  Ideally you need to use a VR headset but the Chrome browser will let you activate the 360 mode, although they are not really designed for desktops. Otherwise download to your tablet/smartphone and you can swipe the screen in 360 or physically move around! The download link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VEPeL7ZsHc