SOUTHAMPTON residents are able to take a first glimpse of the new £55m open access cruise terminal.

Photographed by Andy Amor on June 5, Southampton's fifth world-class terminal can be seen nearing completion.

ABP (Associated British Ports) has confirmed that the Horizon Cruise Terminal - named by Chandler's Ford woman Anna Chojnacka Liberska - that the project is on target to open for cruise passengers this summer.

Regional Director for ABP Alastair Welch, said: "Construction of the new Horizon Cruise Terminal continues to progress well. The new £55m facility remains on target to open its doors for cruise passengers this summer."

This week, another milestone has been reached with the delivery of a new £5 million airbridge in preparation for the opening of the terminal.

The 235 tonne airbridge has been custom built for the Port of Southampton’s newest £55 million cruise terminal. Providing ship to shore access for cruise vessels calling in Southampton, the airbridge is designed to adjust automatically with the tide.

Horizon Cruise Terminal is due to welcome its first cruise ship at the beginning of July and this airbridge is one of two that will be permanently positioned at the state-of-the-art cruise terminal.

The airbridge arrived at 102 berth and was tandem lifted into position using specialist quayside cranes.

Alastair added: “The Horizon Cruise Terminal is a strong investment in the future of cruise for the Port of Southampton.

“Taking delivery of one of the new airbridges marks a significant step towards welcoming our first cruise ship and passengers at the terminal and one that we’re very excited about.”

The new terminal was named as part of a partnership with the Echo and its sister titles, The Bournemouth Echo and The Dorset Echo, to find a name for the £55 million project.

With nearly 4,000 name suggestions entered into the competition, Horizon Cruise Terminal was put forward by 52-year-old Anna Chojnacka Liberska.

Anna won a seven-night cruise holiday offered by the terminal’s cruise partners, MSC Cruises.