SOUTHAMPTON’S fifth world-class, open access cruise terminal is to be named Horizon Cruise Terminal, following a competition backed by the Daily Echo.

The contest was launched in partnership with the Echo and its sister titles, The Bournemouth Echo and The Dorset Echo, to find a name for the £55 million cruise terminal befitting to its significance of the city and the future of cruise.

With nearly 4,000 name suggestions entered into the competition, Horizon Cruise Terminal was put forward by 52-year-old Anna Chojnacka Liberska having been chosen at random from multiple entries of the same name. Anna wins a seven-night cruise holiday offered by the terminal’s cruise partners, MSC Cruises.

Anna, from Chandler’s Ford, said: “I feel extremely lucky. I have only just found out. It’s a big surprise. I feel delighted. It was my first competition and I thought why not.”

Commenting on her choice of name, she mentioned looking into the horizon.

She added: “I thought about the future and the past of the city. The future is something you can’t predict.”

Meanwhile, the winner of the second token collect competition was Lin Malt from Hampshire. Lin wins a seven-night cruise holidays offered by the terminal’s cruise partners, NCL.

Horizon Cruise Terminal, joins the line-up of the four existing world-class cruise terminals in the port which are named Queen Elizabeth II Cruise Terminal, City Cruise Terminal, Ocean Cruise Terminal and Mayflower Cruise Terminal.

Director at ABP (Associated British Ports) in Southampton, Alastair Welch, said: “We are delighted to be announcing the name for the port’s newest cruise terminal. We selected this name as the shape of the terminal roof is such a distinctive silhouette on the horizon as you come through Dock Gate 10. Cruise is such an important part of the city’s heritage, culture and history, and we liked how this name suggests a new start for cruise following a challenging year.

“We knew that reaching out to the members of public to help us name this important piece of the city and port’s future, would generate some fantastic ideas."