Cruise specialists Southern Maritime Services (SMS) have notched another first in ships handled with the maiden visits to Portsmouth International Port (PIP) by the exclusive Noble Caledonia vessel Ocean Nova.
The specialist expedition ship, with capacity for only 84 passengers, has made two calls at PIP as part of her itinerary of round Britain cruises.
SMS, the exclusive cruise handler at PIP, handled passenger baggage and loaded stores such as fresh produce during the Ocean Nova’s turnarounds, completing her second call before sailing on a ten-day cruise to various bird islands around the UK West Coast, including the Isles of Scilly, Lundy, Portrush and St.Kilda before completing the voyage in Oban.
Ocean Nova is one of more than 30 cruise ship calls at PIP this season, all being handled by SMS. General Manager Alex Fernandez explained: “The cruise ship season is now fully underway. PIP is attracting a number of new visitors and SMS is delighted to play its part in helping the port’s cruise business to expand.”