The 2015 cruise season at Portland Port started earlier than expected this year with the arrival of the Azores at the end of February. Bad weather on her previous cruise dictated the change to her original itinerary but this made Portland Port an attractive alternative. With minimal notice Portland Port, with the assistance of local stevedoring company Paisley Plant Hire and also Southampton based SCH, was able to turn around the ship, its 60 tonnes of stores and accumulative 840 passengers in around 9 hours ensuring that the Azores was well underway to Norway on the same day. Ian McQuade, General Manager – Commercial, commented; “It was a great effort by all concerned and we were delighted to be able to help Cruise and Maritime Voyages passengers on their way to see the Northern Lights. We do not handle many turnaround calls here at Portland Port but this proves, even at short notice, what we can do”
Royal Caribbean Lines ‘Serenade of the Seas’ was originally planned to be the first call of the 2015 season at Portland. The 294m vessel is making her inaugural call to Portland and the cruise team at the port are already making the necessary preparations to make sure that her first visit is the second successful call of this years cruise programme. Portland Port, for a 4th consecutive year, will see another increase in passenger throughput and will continue to lead the way as the leading cruise destination in the South West of the UK. 2015 will see a 5% increase on last years passenger throughput with over 26,000 expected to visit Portland and its whole host of attractions, global landmarks and, of course, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Jurassic Coast, Stonehenge and Bath. Further inland passengers are treated to the rolling green hills, country homes and picturesque villages, a true reflection of quintessential England. Passengers visiting Portland often like to tick ‘Stonehenge’ off their bucket lists so many cruise lines factor this into their excursion options when visiting Portland.
Portland is also welcoming more ships for the first time this year with vessels such as; AIDA cruise lines ‘AIDAbella’ and Costa Cruises ‘Luminosa’. The port will also, for the first time, handle a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship. The Norwegian Star will be visiting the port bringing a record number of passengers in a transit call through Portland, with approximately 2,350 passengers expected to be on board. Amongst all this excitement we will also be welcoming both of Crystal Cruises prestigious cruise ships as the line celebrates their 25th anniversary of sailing the globe. All of this sets up 2015 to be another exciting year at Portland Port UK.
Jack Brooke: 2nd Mar 2015 10:11:00
Portland Port is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Disney Magic as she makes her inaugural visit on 23rd May. The Disney Magic is over 300m long and can accommodate more than 2,800 passengers. This makes her the biggest cruise ship to ever visit Portland.
Amy Sandford Smith: 18th May 2017 14:56:00
Please be aware that there will be no access to Portland Port to view the Disney Magic so please do not come to the port entrance. The ship will not be visible from Castletown, however there are plenty of locations in the local area where the ship can be viewed either arriving, docked or departing.
Amy Sandford Smith: 12th May 2017 16:30:00
On Tuesday 11th April 2017, Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset officially opened the completed cruise berth extension at Portland Port. The ceremony, involving port staff, tenants and guests, was kicked off with speeches from Christopher Langham, Chairman of Portland Port Group, followed by Richard Drax, who then cut the ribbon and declared the extension open.
Amy Sandford Smith: 12th Apr 2017 13:37:00
We were recently made aware that a sister company to the private tour operator Dorset Tours had been set up, called Portland Port Shore Tours using the website www.portland-port.com.
: 3rd Apr 2017 13:52:00
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
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
Jack Brooke: 4th Nov 2014 11:23:00
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