Portland Port has recently hosted its first cruise educational event. The event has been a year in the making and its aim was to introduce the ground tour operators who work on behalf of the cruise lines to more local attractions, giving these local businesses the ideal opportunity to market their products directly to this key group of decision makers
After a morning presentation and tour of Portland Port the representatives of the 4 major ground tour operators operating in southern England were whisked away to Abbotsbury for a tour of the gardens and lunch. They then returned to Portland for a speed dating event held at the Sailing Academy where they were able to meet with representatives from Lulworth, Forde Abbey, Weymouth Golf Club, Monkey World, the Tank Museum, the National Trust, Portland Castle, Langhams Wine Estate, Bennetts Water Gardens and Swanage and Swanage Railway in 10 minute business sessions. In the evening the group was wined and dined in Weymouth by Portland Port before visiting the local attractions of Sculpture by the Lakes and Minterne House the following morning. The event culminated with a luxurious 5* lunch at the Summer Lodge Hotel in Evershot.
As the cruise markets becomes more diverse it becomes ever more important to ensure that the widest range of excursion options are made available to guests on board the visiting cruise ships. Portland Port recognised that the ground tour operators had a key role to play in highlighting the wide range and high quality of attractions within Dorset. Ian McQuade commented “I was amazed to discover that Portland Port appears to be one of the first Ports to host such an event. We recognise the crucial role that the ground tour operators play in promoting excursions to our cruise line customers so it seemed only logical to organise and host such an event. Based on the hugely positive feedback we have since received we certainly appear to have made the correct decision".
The event provided a great opportunity for local businesses and attractions to get involved with the cruise industry, with the ground tour operators able to provide an excellent inside perspective of how the excursions sector operates, what the cruise lines are looking for and how they package together excursions for cruise passengers. Natasha Salaman, Park and Studio manager at Sculpture by the Lakes was at the event and found the experience very productive; “Sculpture by the Lakes were delighted to be invited and included in Cruise Educational’s inaugural ‘speed dating’ networking event recently held at Weymouth and Portland’s Sailing Academy. We found the opportunity to meet the Ground Tour Operators face to face both interesting and rewarding and hope to build solid working relationships from this ‘marriage’.”
With transport provided by Bluebird Coaches and the support of the Weymouth BID and Weymouth and Portland Chambers of Commerce the event was very much driven by and for local business. It is hoped that this will be the first of many such events over the coming years. With positive feedback from all involved the port will now look to plan a second event in 2016 to further showcase what Dorset and the South West has to offer.
Jack Brooke: 4th Nov 2014 11:23:00
Progress on Portland Port’s main cruise berth, Outer Coaling Pier, continues at pace. Steel re-enforcement is currently being installed in the new outer dolphin with a view to pouring first stage concrete in early March. The first stage concrete has already been poured on the inner dolphin and progress is now being made with the remaining re-enforcement and establishing the foundation arrangements for six new 150 tonne bollards and a capstan that will eventually be mounted on the inner dolphin. There will also be six 150 tonne bollards and a capstan on the outer dolphin which has been designed as a mooring dolphin only.
Amy Sandford Smith: 1st Mar 2017 13:11:00
Portland Port has recently completed the restoration of the historic lighthouse situated at the main entrance to the harbour. Two opportunities were available to the Port; the cheaper option would have been to retire the existing lighthouse and use a modern counterpart. After deliberating both options, the decision was made to restore the existing structure to maintain the historical integrity of the breakwater.
Amy Sandford Smith: 21st Feb 2017 11:59:00
Portland Port’s cruise season got off to a surprise early start on Monday with the arrival of the Cruise and Maritime Voyages vessel Marco Polo. Her return to the UK from her previous cruise to South America and the Amazon river was delayed by adverse weather conditions last week which meant that the Marco Polo could not make it back to her turnaround port of Bristol in time to start her next cruise but instead had to head to Portland.
Amy Sandford Smith: 17th Feb 2017 10:58:00
Portland Port’s cruise season is looking to be a record breaking one with the greatest number of cruise passengers to date. Furthermore, 2017 will also see a record number of inaugural calls during an extended season, running from April to November. Overall the port is expecting to handle 24 cruise ships bringing over 36,000 passengers into Portland. Of these 24 calls, 10 will be first time visitors.
Amy Sandford Smith: 19th Jan 2017 09:00:00
Portland Port is having a busy start to 2017 with most berths occupied.
Amy Sandford Smith: 10th Jan 2017 15:00:00
The works to extend our main cruise berth; Outer Coaling Pier are well underway. The piling for the outer dolphin is complete with piling for the inner dolphin being put in place at the moment.
Amy Sandford Smith: 21st Dec 2016 12:18:00
Portland Port has announced that the extension works to its main cruise berth, the Outer Coaling Pier, have commenced.
Amy Sandford Smith: 15th Nov 2016 15:31:00
Disney Cruise Lines have recently announced that they are to visit Portland in the 2017 cruise season. The anticipated arrival of the Disney Magic next year is news that demonstrates the progress Portland Port continues to make in the cruise industry.
Jack Brooke: 19th Apr 2016 15:11:00
Following a lengthy planning process, the board at Portland Port have approved and finalised plans for the extension of the port’s primary cruise berth, with works scheduled to start in spring this year. Portland is one of just three ports on the south coast of the UK that can already handle vessels up to 300m LOA alongside. The new facility, which will be finished in time for the 2017 season will further strengthen the ports position by increasing this capability to berth vessels in excess of 340m LOA alongside.
Jack Brooke: 18th Mar 2016 15:09:00
This week Portland Port and Harbour Authority welcomed the arrival of the newest member of the harbour towage fleet, the Rufus Castle. Formally undertaking towage and offshore support services on the east coast of the UK, the tug was purchased by the harbour authority following the recent sale of the ports oldest operating tug, the Sandsfoot Castle. Its 40 hour journey from Hull to Portland went very well, even with the Gale force winds it encountered during its final 6 hour approach.
Jack Brooke: 30th Nov 2015 14:50:00
Portland Port is delighted to announce that global oil and shipping company Monjasa have started their bunker operations. The first bunker delivery was delivered by based bunker barge, MT Skaw Provider to general cargo vessel, MV Lagoon Phoenix, directly followed by a delivery to the Greek owned Bulk Carrier, MV Star Harmony. The conditions throughout operations were challenging with some of the worst winds seen this year, however the port working alongside Portland Bunkers UK and Monjasa, successfully managed to undertake both operations safely and efficiently, so that minimal delays were incurred.
Jack Brooke: 30th Nov 2015 14:37:00
Portland Port is delighted to announce that it has won Cruise Insight’s ‘Most Responsive Port’ award this year at the Cruise Shipping Exhibition in Miami.
Jack Brooke: 19th Mar 2015 10:41:00
A surprise turnaround call kicks of the 2015 cruise season.
Jack Brooke: 2nd Mar 2015 10:11:00
Portland Port have recently unveiled plans showing their intention to go ahead with a berth extension that would be capable for handling vessels up to 340 metres.
Jon Sloper: 5th Mar 2014 23:16:00
Portland Port becomes most popular South West cruise destination. Portland Port establishes itself as the most popular cruise destination in the South West of the UK.
Jon Sloper: 20th Feb 2014 23:17:00