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19m cruise terminal starts work

A new £19m cruise terminal has opened to passengers in Southampton.

The Ocean Terminal in the Eastern Docks will service ships such as Queen Mary 2, Ventura, Queen Victoria, Grand Princess and Arcadia.

This new terminal can handle 4,000 passengers at a time, twice the capacity of most of the current liners.

It is the city's fourth cruise terminal and has been built opposite the site of the old Ocean Terminal, which was demolished in 1983.

The 300m-long tube-shaped building contains 6,000 tonnes of steel and could hold the equivalent of 437 double-decker buses stacked on top of each other.

The P&O's Ventura is expected to be the first ship to use the new terminal.

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