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.

The Port’s cruise season will be starting in spectacular fashion with two first time visitors calling on 26th April.  The Seabourn Quest and Holland America Line’s Rotterdam will be bringing over 1,800 passengers between them.  Seabourn is the upmarket sister to Holland America Line and operates a small fleet of luxury vessels around the globe. The visit of the Quest is the first of two planned for 2017.

The inaugural visit attracting the most attention is that being made by the Disney Magic, which Portland Port announced last year to be calling in May 2017. Since that announcement, Disney have subsequently decided to add a second call to Portland to their 2017 itineraries and the ship will now be welcomed back to the port again in July.  Ian McQuade, General Manager – Commercial at Portland Port said “this is a major coup for Portland Port. Securing one call from such a globally renowned and world recognised brand really is great recognition of all the hard work put in by the port to establish itself as a destination of choice for the cruise industry, but to receive a second call in the same year is simply fantastic for the Port and the local area”.  Due to the nature of Disney’s customers and the size of the vessels in Disney Cruise Lines fleet, Ian McQuade is optimistic that these cruise calls could be the beginning of Disney Cruise Lines becoming regular visitors to Portland Port.

Other exciting new visitors to Portland Port in 2017 include the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) ship Norwegian Jade and TUI Cruises vessel Mein Schiff 4. NCL first visited Portland in 2015 whilst TUI made their inaugural call in 2016. Mr. McQuade commented “whilst it is always exciting to see new cruise lines and new ships calling at Portland the return of such important customers as Norwegian and TUI is testament to the great experience their guests had when they previously called. This is essential for the long-term success of the business”. From information gathered last year, more than three-quarters of all cruise passengers coming into Portland spend their time in Dorset, either on booked excursions or taking the complimentary shuttle bus into Weymouth. This year these visitors will add nearly £2 million to the local economy whilst they are in the region.

Portland Port has always tried to ensure that all cruise visitors receive the warmest of welcomes, including having foreign language speakers on the quayside. To help welcome cruise ships for the upcoming cruise season Portland Port is seeking to add to its list of greeters with foreign language skills.  The Port has been fortunate enough to enjoy the services of many enthusiastic and talented foreign language volunteers and are now looking to expand their database of contacts. There can be a variety of languages spoken on any cruise ship so all foreign language speakers are invited to contact the Port, however, the most frequently spoken foreign languages amongst passengers visiting Portland Port are German, Spanish, Italian and French. Expenses are covered for those assisting during Portland Port’s exciting cruise seasons.

If you are interested in volunteering and would like to know more, please contact Amy via e-mail a.sandfordsmith@portland-port.co.uk

In other exciting cruise news, work on Portland Port’s main cruise berth extension continues to progress and will be completed well in time for the start of the 2017 cruise season.  Work on the new dolphins is already well advanced and currently on target to be finished ahead of schedule. The extension will allow ships of more than 340m LOA to be handled alongside, providing a new suite of mooring bollards and high capacity pneumatic floating fenders in addition to the dolphins themselves.  There are also plans being drawn up to increase the minimum water depth alongside the berth to 10 metres.  These improvements will allow Portland Port to compete for the business of the larger cruise ships which are being added to order books as the cruise industry continues to grow.  

Amy Sandford Smith: 19th Jan 2017 09:00:00

Other Recent News

Cruise Berth Extension Nearing Completion

Cruise Berth Extension Nearing Completion

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 Harbour Breakwater Lighthouse Restoration

Portland Harbour Breakwater Lighthouse Restoration

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

Surprise Visitor Starts Portland Port's Cruise Season Early

Surprise Visitor Starts Portland Port's Cruise Season Early

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

Flying start to 2017 for Portland Port

Flying start to 2017 for Portland Port

Portland Port is having a busy start to 2017 with most berths occupied.

Amy Sandford Smith: 10th Jan 2017 15:00:00

Portland Port’s berth extension is well underway

Portland Port’s berth extension is well underway

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

Work starts on Portland Port berth extension

Work starts on Portland Port berth extension

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 to call at Portland in 2017

Disney Cruise Lines to call at Portland in 2017

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

Port moves forward with cruise berth extension plans

Port moves forward with cruise berth extension plans

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

Portland Port completes purchase of new multi-million pound tug

Portland Port completes purchase of new multi-million pound tug

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 announce new Bunker operations in Port

Portland Port announce new Bunker operations in Port

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 scoops up another award at Cruise Shipping Miami

Portland Port scoops up another award at Cruise Shipping Miami

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

Port welcomes the Azores in from the cold: A surprise start to 2015 at Portland

Port welcomes the Azores in from the cold: A surprise start to 2015 at Portland

A surprise turnaround call kicks of the 2015 cruise season.

Jack Brooke: 2nd Mar 2015 10:11:00

Cruise Educational a Great Success for Portland Port

Cruise Educational a Great Success for Portland Port

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 announce cruise berth extension plans

Portland Port announce cruise berth extension plans

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 becomes most popular South West cruise destination

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