Picture: Derek Luckhurst, Stephen George and Ian McQuade at Castletown D-Day Centre
2017 has been a record breaking year for Portland Port’s cruise business, with the port receiving its greatest number of cruise ships and passengers to date.
The Port invests a lot of time and energy into making the cruise calls as successful as possible. The arrival and departure of every cruise ship is important and helps form some of the lasting impression that passengers have of Dorset and its surrounding area. For a cruise ship’s departure, the port organises musical entertainment on the quayside along with canon fire from the Nothe Fort Artillery Volunteers, all of which is very well received by the passengers. Some cruise calls this year have been lucky enough to have a quayside display of vehicles and volunteers from the newly opened Castletown D-Day Centre. Passengers were able to enjoy sitting in the vehicles, trying on helmets, chatting to the volunteers and having their pictures taken.
The Castletown D-Day Centre is an authentic recreation of Portland’s busy wartime dockyard and shows the important role that Portland played in the allied invasion of northern France. The centre features an impressive array of wartime artifacts and vehicles, some of which, the visitors are encouraged to interact with.
In recognition of the volunteer’s time and quayside display of vehicles throughout the port’s cruise season, on 7th December 2017, Ian McQuade (Portland Port’s General Manager – Commercial) presented a cheque from Portland Port, for £500, to the Castletown D-Day Centre. The museum’s curator, Stephen George and Derek Luckhurst, who is the local entrepreneur behind the Castletown Regeneration Initiative, showed Mr McQuade around the Centre and accepted the generous donation.
Admin: 8th Dec 2017 15:54:00
At the end of every cruise season the port reviews it’s entire operation with the aim of continually improving the service it provides. As part of the ports improvement strategy, research has been undertaken over the last three years which has yielded some fantastic results for the local area. The research has been based on the activities that cruise passengers undertake whilst in port and helps put to bed the myth that all cruise passengers visiting Portland Port go to Stonehenge.
Admin: 26th Oct 2018 16:22:00