Jobs could go - and millions of pounds could be lost from the economy. That's the fear tonight after the Government announced Southampton and Dover's biggest rivals could take a huge slice of the country's cruise trade.
Shipping Minister Mike Penning said Liverpool could become a base for cruise ships - if they handed back part of a public subsidy paid for by taxpayers.
This year, 400 cruise ships are expected to call at Southampton with one million passengers passing through the port. Each ship's visit is worth £2.5m to the local economy.
The loss of some of the business to Liverpool could cost Southampton £80m a year, as Phil Hornby explains.
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