The winter is over and cruise ships are heading back to Portsmouth International Port, marking the start of the 2016 season, the cruise schedule can be found at www.portsmouth-port.co.uk/cruises/schedule.
There are four cruise ship visits scheduled for April. The first cruise ship to arrive in 2016 is Swan Hellenic’s ‘Minerva’. Sailing in from St Malo on 15 April, Minerva will disembark passengers and restock provisions for her next cruise holiday.
Passengers who join the ship at Portsmouth International Port will spend the next two weeks in France, seeing three rivers, before returning to Portsmouth on 28 April. Minerva will then start another cruise, this time exploring the Baltic, with a visit to St Petersburg in Russia.
Swan Hellenic is part of the All Leisure Holidays, a specialist cruise operator that has an ongoing commitment to base ships at Portsmouth International Port for the summer season.
Four days after Minerva departs, Amadea arrives from Hamburg for the first port of call visit of the season. Amadea is flagship for German operator, Phoenix Reisen, designed to carry 600 passengers in first class comfort.
Arriving at 0600, passengers will have 12 hours in Port, a full day to explore the tourist attractions on the doorstep of Portsmouth International Port. Amadea then departs for La Coruna in Spain, part of a three-week cruise into the Mediterranean before heading back to Germany.
The cruise ship that will have travelled furthest to reach Portsmouth is Albatro, having just completed a round-the-world voyage. She was last in Portsmouth on 19 November 2015. Having set off from Peru on 1 April, she is due to arrive back on the South Coast of England on 27 April.