After months of restrictions, today is the day that passengers are able to return to cruise travel.
Portsmouth International Port has been gearing up for the restart. with new health protocols and logistical challenges, ensuring that the port is ready to welcome passengers back safely. The completion of the cruise berth extension has resulted in investments from major lines, with bookings from Viking Cruises, Virgin Voyages and Noble Caledonia contributing to a busy summer of scenic UK sailings.
Passengers travelling through Portsmouth can expect the latest technology including a non-intrusive temperature scanner, contactless touch points and frequent sanitation using the most effective cleaning equipment.
Portsmouth was also the first port in the UK to be independently verified by independent assessors DNV, who graded the new covid protocols against hospital grade standards. This ‘Covid readiness’ certificate is another step the port has taken in giving passengers the best possible start to their journeys, and reinforce the belief that travelling by sea is the safest and most comfortable.
Viking Venus, the latest addition to the Viking Cruises luxury fleet, will set sail from Portsmouth today (17 May) for her maiden voyage and naming ceremony, hosting journalist and broadcaster Anne Diamond as the ship’s ceremonial godmother.
The first passenger sailings will commence on the 22 May, as Portsmouth becomes the homeport for Viking Venus’ initial five voyages, as part of Viking’s ‘England’s Scenic Shores’ itinerary.
For more information about Portsmouth International Port, vist their website: https://www.portsmouth-port.co.uk