Southampton unveils plans for a new £30m cruise terminal

By Sarah Gordon


The future of the UK cruise industry looks bright after Southampton announced it is to splash out £30m on a new terminal to support the growing industry.

The cruising hub will add a fifth terminal to the port, which planners claim will be able to accommodate even the largest ships sailing the high seas.

Cruising has become big business in the last 10 years with 300 ships stopping in the UK over the past year, a figure which is expected to grow by 20 per cent in 2011.

Southampton's new cruise terminal

T5: Southampton will be able to accommodate the world's largest cruise ships

While the terminal, upon which construction will begin next year, will cost £30m, it is expected to boost the economy by about £150m a year once it is completed in 2013.

A UK stopover is particularly popular on European cruises and many Britons enjoy boarding in the UK, avoiding the expense and hassle of international flights.

Southampton's terminal five will be the largest turnaround facility in northern Europe, securing Britain's future as a leading cruise destination.

The ability to accommodate the world's biggest ships, such as Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, will bring new lines to Britain's shores and increase its market share. 

Doug Morrison, port director for Associated British Ports, Southampton, said: 'We are very proud of our port here in Southampton and the building of a fifth cruise terminal will cement our position at the forefront of the European cruise industry.'