Southampton welcomes cruise liner Enchanted Princess to port
The crew of Princess Cruises’ Enchanted Princess arrived on Wednesday.
Royal-class liner Staff Captain Raffaele Di Martino received a plaque and key during a ceremony at Southampton Port to mark his inaugural visit.
The tradition dates back to medieval times when ships passing through on business were given keys to the city walls.
Speaking at the ceremony, Captain Di Martino said: “Thank you to ABP for welcoming Enchanted Princess to Southampton.
“It’s an honor for us to call at this special port for the first time. “We were impressed with the welcome we received from the crew on the port side and we look forward to leaving Southampton this summer for a European cruise season on Enchanted Princess. .”
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The liner offers 13 new trips ranging from 4 to 14 nights.
Longer and shorter itineraries are available, with trips to the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Norway and Iceland.
Alastair Welch, Port Manager of ABP Southampton, said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome Enchanted Princess to the Port of Southampton and to meet Captain of Staff Di Martino and the Princess team.
“Looking around the ship today, it’s clear that a fantastic experience awaits passengers.
“We look forward to welcoming Enchanted Princess throughout the summer and are truly delighted to have four ships from the Princess fleet in port this year.”
Enchanted Princess entered service in November last year.
It has 25 bars and restaurants and the largest balcony at sea, covering 1,000 square feet.
As reported, the port is expected to welcome seven new cruise ships and the bulk of two million passengers this year in a “huge” boost to the economy.
Peter Taylor, chairman of the Hampshire Chamber and chairman of the Southampton Chamber of Commerce leadership group, previously welcomed the news of seven new liners.
He added: ‘Many families and businesses in the City area depend for their livelihood on the success of the cruise industry and the many visitors it brings to Southampton and the wider region.
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