A luxurious mega-yacht will make its maiden voyage into Portsmouth's international port today (Monday 22 April).
Ponant’s L'Austral cruise ship is visiting the city ahead of an eight-day trip stopping at the Isles of Scilly, Cork, Liverpool, the Isle of Man, Belfast and Dublin.
The vessel will carry 264 guests throughout its 'Celtic Shores' cruise, starting in Portsmouth.
It follows the visit of another cruise ship, Viking Sea, which travelled into Portsmouth on Good Friday (19 April).
Mike Sellers, Port Director at Portsmouth International Port said:
“We’re honoured to welcome these two new ships to the city, and hope this will be the first of many visits to Portsmouth as we look to increase the number of cruise calls at the port.
“Both cruise lines are extremely important, and we’re delighted to host so many of their fleet.
"We offer great connections from both the sea and the land, ships are closer to the main shipping channels and we’re also neighbours to world-class attractions and the motorway for tours further afield.
“We hope the ship’s guests will have taken the opportunity to explore all the city has to offer, including Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the D-Day Story, Gunwharf Quays and the iconic Emirates Spinnaker Tower.”