Southampton named 'Number One Cruise Port'22nd January 2013
Independence of the Seas
Southampton has been named the best UK departure port by website Cruise Critic - thanks to two big public celebration events held earlier this year.
Cruise Critic, the leading cruising website, has bestowed the accolade on the city in its 2012 Editor’s Pick Awards, singling out both Cunard’s Three Queens and P&O’s Grand Event which took place over the summer.
Announcing the award, a spokesman said: “We acknowledge the approach to Southampton is not as iconic as that of New York, but this year, the port excelled in two stand-out events showing it can handle a large number of ships with ease.
"It has also sealed its position as the number one cruise port in Europe, with a record 430 cruise ships visiting next year.”