Associated British Ports has unveiled plans for a fifth cruise terminal in Southampton.
Just two years after opening a fourth terminal at the port, owners ABP said the £30 million investment was necessary to meet growing demand.
Pictured: Southampton is already one of the busiest ports in northern Europe
The new venture would accommodate the largest ships in the world, ABP said, with up over 4,000 passengers able to disembark at any one time.
Doug Morrison, port director of ABP Southampton, said: “We have had a very good year, we have seen a substantial increases in the container business in the far-east.
“We have seen dramatic improvement in the car business and the cruise business has gone from strength to strength.”
The 100,000 sq ft terminal will be completed by 2014.
In October the Queen visited Southampton to name the £400m Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth, at the dock’s Ocean Terminal.
It is hoped the new development will allow the port to maintain its reputation as the pre-eminent cruise destination in northern Europe.