Good News for Portland Port
7:54am 20th February 2014
Portland Port could be set to break last year's record for cruise passengers visiting Weymouth and Portland, according to new figures.
It's also become the leading port for cruises in the South West, handling the largest number of passengers in the 2014 cruise season.
Two ships carrying passengers from Germany and the USA are due to dock in May, bringing an estimated 2000 tourists into the Borough.
The Eurodam is another Holland America Line ship calling at Portland for the first time, with the 285 metre vessel deciding to stay at Portland for 15 hours the following week. Portland will also see the return of old friends the Brilliance of the Seas and the AIDAstella, in a line up of quite spectacular cruise ships this summer which will be capped by the first visit of a Costa Cruises vessel, the neoRomantica, in September.
Ian McQuade, General Manager (Business Development), is working on securing new cruise calls for the port all year round, this recent development is evidence that this hard work is starting to pay off. "Portland Port has seen steady growth in its cruise business over the last few years and this latest increase is testament to the attractive offer that Portland and Dorset deliver. To find ourselves handling the largest number of cruise passengers in the south west for 2014 is quite an achievement".