Portland Port has witnessed remarkable growth  within the cruise industry, receiving an award from Cruise Insight Magazine for “Most Improved Cruise Destination” in 2012 and in 2014 it became the leading cruise destination in the South West of the UK.

Portland Port lies in the heart of the Jurassic Coast, a world heritage site, renowned for its breath-taking beauty and its incredible historical heritage. Local attractions stretch from Stonehenge to Corfe Castle, with towns such as Bath, Salisbury, Dorchester and Weymouth in between. If you fancy the national dish, Fish and Chips, and a sunbathe on an award winning beach, then calling at Portland Port will provide that for you.

Be sure to keep your eyes on the quayside as you depart, Portland Port prides itself on providing you with the best memories of your cruise and tops it off with variety of acts and a 3 shot salute from the Nothe Fort Victorian Artillery Brigade. 

Private Excursion Guidelines

We understand and appreciate that some cruise passengers wish to make their own excursion arrangements and we try to accommodate these wherever possible.

To help ensure these trips leave on time, we request that the excursion company sends an email to and, with the following information:

If we are given the above information before the cruise call, we can add it to our security list and the passengers can be collected from the quayside.

Any vehicle going on to the quay must undergo a security inspection.  We understand that any tour vehicles will want to be quayside before their departure time, so please ensure that adequate time is allowed for the security check.  We would advise arriving a minimum of 1 hour prior to tour departure time.


If we do not receive prior notice of a private excursion, the transportation will not be allowed onto the quay.  In this scenario, passengers should be advised by the excursion company, that they need to get the free shuttle bus from the quayside to the port entrance, where they can meet up with their transportation.

There may be circumstances, out of our control, which prevent the collection of passengers from the quayside.  This is not a regular occurrence, however if it does happen, there is a free shuttle bus service to take passengers to the port entrance where they can meet with their guides/tour company.


Portland Port is a member of the following associations:


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 with their website as

We would like to clarify  that this company is not situated at Portland Port and has no affiliation with us.

The website and company were set up without consulting Portland Port and as such has been trading off our brand name and association with it.

Both Dorset Tours and Portland Port Shore Tours have been banned from coming into the port.


Ian McQuade

Amy Sandford Smith