Southampton is to build a new “next-generation” cruise terminal ready for the 2021 season.
The port’s fifth terminal has been greenlit through partnerships with MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.
The expansion represents an investment of more than £55 million and features roof-mounted solar power and shore power connectivity capabilities enabling ships to “plug in” while they are docked.
Associated British Ports Southampton director Alastair Welch said the terminal heralded a “major advance in our cruise infrastructure” in the city.
“This investment is a huge vote of confidence in the future of cruise in Southampton and we’re excited to be at the forefront of a growing industry.”
Maritime minister Robert Courts added: “As we continue to support the cruise sector in its restart and recovery, it’s great to see government funding being used to help deliver better services for passengers.
“This next-generation facility also showcases to ports around the world how we’re pioneering the use of green technology right here in the UK."