This Easter brings a busy weekend of cruise activity at Portsmouth International Port, with two ships visiting the city for the very first time.
On Good Friday, the Port will host Viking Sea, an intimate, award winning cruise liner that launched in 2016. She began her voyage in Barcelona, Spain and will be eight days into to her 14-day itinerary, calling into the city for the day so her 930 guests can discover Portsmouth’s world-renowned maritime heritage.
Viking Sea will be followed on Easter Monday by Ponant’s luxurious mega-yacht L’Austral, who will also be making her maiden visit to Portsmouth. Her 264 guests will embark on their eight-day ‘Celtic Shores’ cruise from the city, stopping at the Isles of Scilly, Cork, Liverpool, the Isle of Man, Belfast and finally Dublin.
Mike Sellers, Port Director at Portsmouth International Port said: : “We’re honoured to welcome these two new ships to the city, and hope this will be the first of many visits to Portsmouth as we look to increase the number of cruise calls at the port.
“Both cruise lines are extremely important, and we’re delighted to host so many of their fleet. We offer great connections from both the sea and the land, ships are closer to the main shipping channels and we’re also neighbours to world-class attractions and the motorway for tours further afield.
“We hope the ship’s guests will have taken the opportunity to explore all the city has to offer, including Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the D-Day Story, Gunwharf Quays and the iconic Emirates Spinnaker Tower.”
Viking Jupiter, Viking’s sixth ocean-going ship which launched earlier this year, will also be making her UK debut in Portsmouth in May.