Cruise and Port South

The Business South Cruise and Port action group focuses on the ‘shore-side’ priorities, opportunities and challenges faced by the marine, maritime, cruise and port industries based in the Central South. 


The purpose of the group is to:

  • Identify ways in which we can help the economy of businesses locally, both inside and outside each Port
  • Act as a conduit for ideas, to target the economic benefit opportunities that the cruise and port industry brings to the region
  • Provide a platform to prioritise tasks, focusing on those that have a reasonable probability of being deliverable (in a relatively short time-frame)
  • Provide a voice for Champions to effect change

The Central South has a rich history in marine and maritime and is economically stronger year on year offering an abundance of leisure and commercial opportunities. With three ports – Southampton, Portsmouth, and Poole, on water transportation to the Isle of Wight, port logistics, marine designers and manufacturers and education providers offering marine and maritime-related courses, it’s no wonder why it’s the place to be for this sector.

If you are a Business South Champion and would like to get Involved please email –

Carnival UK

With headquarters in Southampton, Carnival UK is the UK operating division of Carnival Corporation & plc and offers a wide range of holiday and vacation products to a customer base that is broadly varied in terms of cultures, languages and leisure-time preferences. The UK market leader operates the Cunard Line and P&O Cruises. These brands currently operate 10 ships.

Carnival is the only company in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 index in the US and the FTSE 100 index in the UK.

Red Funnel

Red Funnel is the ‘Original Isle of Wight ferry operator’ and currently carries 3.4m passengers and 0.86m vehicles per annum. The Company operates services 365 days a year with 30,000 combined sailings between Southampton (UK mainland) and East and West Cowes (Isle of Wight).

The fleet consists of a modern purpose-built Ro-Pax vehicle ferries and Red Jet Hi-Speed passenger catamarans. Catering and retail services are provided in-house.

Southampton Port

Southampton Port covers 726 acres and handles 820,000 vehicles every year making it the UK’s biggest vehicle handling port. It is Europe’s leading turnaround cruise port and welcomes 1.7million passengers per year.

As a container port, it processes 14 million tonnes per year giving it the title of the UK’s most productive container port.

Leading cruise operators, including P&O Cruises, Cunard Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Fred Olsen Cruise Line, and Saga Holidays are all frequent visitors to Southampton.

Portsmouth Port

Portsmouth International Port has been in operation since 1976 and is perfectly positioned for ferries, cruise and cargo. It offers easy access and the most routes to France, Spain and the Channel Islands. Portsmouth is also a dynamic commercial port and imports most of the bananas eaten in the UK!

In 2011 the Port opened its new terminal – part of a £16.5m investment in new passenger facilities and is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the UK, it is heated by thermal sea energy and cooled by the coastal breeze which is captured by wind catchers on the roof.

Business South

Solent Business Centre
343 Millbrook Road West
SO15 0HW

Telephone / email

Tel: 02380 518223


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