Picture taken by Zoe Ayton
The start of Portland Port's cruise season has been spectacular!
The first ship of 2018 was the 20th visit by a Phoenix Reisen vessel, followed by the arrival of the enormous Norwegian Breakaway. It was the Norwegian Breakaway's inaugural call to Portland Port and she is the largest ship to ever call at Portland Port.
Sunday 15th July saw another first for Portland Port, two ships from the same cruise line visiting on the same day; the Seven Seas Navigator and Seven Seas Explorer.
General Manager (Commercial) Ian McQuade said ‘It’s always exciting when we welcome two ships in one day, however this is unique and a first for Portland Port to have two ships from the same cruise line. They are both from the luxury cruise line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, which makes it even more special.’
Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the world's most inclusive luxury experience; they have five ships in their fleet, offering cruises to more than 450 destinations around the world.
The ships were welcomed into Portland Harbour by the tug, Rufus Castle, spraying its water cannons.
As well as the port’s quayside welcome team, two of Weymouth BID’s Weyfarers were invited on board the Seven Seas Navigator to help passengers with their questions about the local area.
A large proportion of the passengers had booked to visit various places in Dorset, with the Dorset Seafood Festival in Weymouth and a glorious sunny day across the county, the passengers had a day to remember.
Portland Port pride themselves on giving the cruise passengers a fantastic send off, there is always live music from local groups and three shots fired from the Nothe Fort Artillery Volunteer’s canon.
The Dorset Rock Choir performed for the Seven Seas Navigator and Weymouth Concert Brass Band played for the Seven Seas Explorer.
Portland Port’s cruise business is seeing a growth in luxury cruise lines, with the Oceania Marina, Seabourn Quest and Seven Seas Explorer having already visited this year.
Admin: 23rd Jul 2018 13:20:00
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