SCH has played its part in another successful cruise ship season for Southampton with some 430,000 passengers handled during the year.

The passengers travelled on 70 ships that were supported by SCH during their calls in Southampton, headed by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Independence of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas.

TUI Cruises and Celebrity Cruises were also major customers, including the maiden call of the latter’s new vessel Celebrity Edge in May.

As part of the cruise ship season, SCH staff, supported by staff from in-house agency Pathfinder Personnel, handled over 900,000 pieces of passenger luggage, besides thousands of tonnes of stores, as ships replenished their stocks during the Southampton stop-overs.

Besides the calls in Southampton, SCH also supported cruise ships in Liverpool, while sister company Southern Maritime Services handled cruise ship visitors to Portsmouth International Port.

SCH Cruise Manager Paulo Oliveira explained: “We have had a busy season and played our part in helping to maintain Southampton’s position as Europe’s leading cruise turnaround port. We are now focusing on expanding our cruise portfolio by building on our range of services to existing customers and expanding our customer base.”