Port Location: Portsmouth is found on the southern coast of England and is around 65 miles to the south-west of the London. Indeed its position was of particular strategic importance and was home to many famous vessels including the Mary Rose and HMS Victory.

Transport: Cruising from Portsmouth has the advantage of leaving from one of the best connected ports in the country. The town and the port itself can be reached by several different means.

If you are driving then the M275 takes you straight to the port itself. You can also get a train from both London Waterloo and London Victoria or from Cardiff with a change at Bristol. Furthermore, frequent coach services leave from London Victoria and a taxi rank is situated right outside the main port terminal for local journeys.

Description: The Port of Portsmouth is the oldest dry dock in the world that is still used today and, as mentioned above, has housed many famous ships in its time. The terminal building is well stocked with restaurants and bars as well as well as shops and a bureau de change.

Sightseeing and Excursions: Portsmouth isn’t just a location for departing on your cruise ship and, if you can, then it is worth spending a day or two in the city itself. The historic dockyard houses the HMS Victory (used by Admiral Nelson) and also has an interactive museum.

The famous Victorian author Charles Dickens was also born in the city and his birth house is now a well-stocked museum giving you an insight into the genius writer. In addition to this, the city has also had a bit of a revamp in recent years and the Gunwharf Quays with some 30 bars, 14 screen cinema, leisure centre and bowling facilities is well worth a visit. As is the newly built Spinnaker Tower that has Europe’s largest glass floor and a viewing distance of some 23 miles from the top.

Beaches: Portsmouth has a very attractive sea front with a beach that is popular with visitors and tourists alike.

Shopping: The above mentioned Gunwharf Quays is home to a world class shopping center with many items on sale including men’s and women’s fashion, footwear and also children’s clothes as well and also has a wide selection of both designed and high street labels.

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