Port information

Crystal Symphony enters Portsmouth harbour (c) Portsmouth


Portsmouth’s dramatic harbour is a striking location for passengers, whether you’re arriving on a cruise to explore the city and beyond, or sailing away on your travels.

Known as the Great Waterfront City, Portsmouth has been building a discerning reputation as a turnaround or calling cruise port, impressing visitors with its world-class attractions and welcoming back established cruise companies.

We not only boast an attractive waterfront but are known as the UK’s best connected port, where passengers can arrive with ultimate ease straight off the motorway.

The city is also perfectly located to reach London, which is 60 miles away, Heathrow and Gatwick 1 hour and 20 minutes from the port, even closer is Southampton airport 22 miles, which is only 23 minutes in the car.

Portsmouth’s connectivity also stretches to the sea, where it lies in close proximity to main shipping routes, so you don’t have to wait long before you reach warmer waters.

Port attractions

  1.  Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the UK’s world class attraction for naval history. Home to Nelson's HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose, it is a must see for anyone visiting the south.
  2.  Spinnaker Tower

    The Spinnaker Tower stands at 170m tall and offers 23 mile views across the Solent. Walk across glass at 100m above sea level, or relax in The Clouds with a coffee, glass of bubbly or high tea.
  3.  Gunwharf Quays

    Gunwharf Quays is a premium outlet shopping destination. Home to over 90 designer brands, it is the ideal place to explore, shop, dine and take in the waterfront views of this historic coastal city.

Port views

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Port facts

Nautical information

Max. Length For Berth, M:
Max. Draught, M:
More Info Draught:
Up to 10m considered
Max. Air Draught, M:
No Restriction
More Info Air Draught:
No. Of Quays:
Quay Length Total, M:
Quay Depth, M:
Anchorage Available:
Anchorage Compulsory:
Passenger Terminal:
Pilotage Compulsary:
Tugs Available:
Tidal Movement/range, M:
Ships Tenders Allowed:
Garbage Disposal:
Airport Distance, Km:
City Centre Distance, Km:


Are ships allowed burn HFO using:
✔ Open loop
✔ Closed loop
✔ Hybrid loop
On-shore power supply to cruise vessels:
Available from Q1 2025, up to 15MW.
LNG bunkering supply to cruise vessels:
Supplying alternative fuels:
Reception Facilities for Contaminated Ballast Water:
Reception Facilities for Waste Oils:
Passengers by Source in 2023
Calls 2023

Onshore Power

Onshore Power
OPS (Onshore Power System)
Shore power within the next 5 years
Shore power within the next 5 years - Comments
Yes, 2025
Defined Compatibility Assessment process for each berth and ship combination to IEC/IEEE 80005-1
Information/documentation from the ship for the port before the first connection
Additional requirements for first-time connectio/max. duration between connections before process reapplies
Connection Time
Connection time from all fast to full operational SSE (Shore Side Electricity)
30-60 minutes
Disconnection time
30-60 minutes
Uninterrupted power supply guaranteed by shore power provider whilst connected
Restrictions / Penalties / Insurance
Weather conditions/restrictions/other limitations for safe use of SSE
Penalties in case of failure to connect by the ship: weather/itinerary changes/technical issues
Insurance covering any potential damage caused by the SSE
Port Fees
Current cost per kWh
Utility standard/usage fees in addition to kWh rate
Tax/duty fees applicable
Other fees related to shore power
Useful Information
Discounts/incentives linked to shore power usage
Discounts/incentives linked to shore power usage - Comments
It is hoped that this will be introduced
Berthing policy linked to shore power usage
Berthing policy linked to shore power usage - Comments
No, not at present, but in the future
Confirmation time of the vessel for planned shore power usage before ETA
24 hrs

Port contacts


Andrew Williamson, Passenger Operations Manager
George Byng Way
PO2 8SP Portsmouth
United Kingdom
+44 7795 567177

Page last updated: 2023-09-01 08:43


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