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

Other Recent News

New Notices in Force

New Notices in Force

New Local Notice to Mariners and General Directions can be viewed here.

Admin: 14th Jan 2019 12:27:00

Portland Port's 2019 cruise season to smash all previous recordsBerth Improvement Given the Go Ahead at Portland Port2019 cruise season to bring economic boost to regionSponsorship Requests for 2019Informal Consultation by Portland Harbour Authority on draft application for a Fisheries (Several) OrderNew Byelaws for Portland PortPortland Port holds open day at the Old Engine Shed as part of the Spirit of Portland FestivalPortland Port Employees Remove Plastics from Portland Harbour BreakwatersA Luxurious Day for Portland PortRecord Breaking Cruise ship Arrives at Portland PortRecord Freight Volumes for Portland Port in 2017Portland Port Police welcomes new ConstablesPortland Port Are Pleased To Welcome Inter Marine UK's Headquarters To The Port EstatePortland Port's 2018 Cruise Season will be another Record BreakerPortland Port gives donation to Castletown D-Day CentrePortland Port hosts educational to show tour operators what the local area can offer cruise passengersThe Royal Fleet Auxiliary's newest vessel, Tidespring, makes her inaugural call to Portland PortNew berth extension being put to good useAdonia gets rebranded at Portland PortDisney MagicPortland Port Celebrates the Completion & Opening of the Cruise Berth ExtensionCruise Berth Extension Nearing CompletionPortland Harbour Breakwater Lighthouse RestorationSurprise Visitor Starts Portland Port's Cruise Season EarlyDisney Double Leads Record Breaking Cruise Season for Portland PortFlying start to 2017 for Portland PortPortland Port’s berth extension is well underwayWork starts on Portland Port berth extensionDisney Cruise Lines to call at Portland in 2017Port moves forward with cruise berth extension plansPortland Port completes purchase of new multi-million pound tugPortland Port announce new Bunker operations in PortPortland Port scoops up another award at Cruise Shipping MiamiCruise Educational a Great Success for Portland PortPortland Port announce cruise berth extension plansPortland Port becomes most popular South West cruise destination