Portland Port Predicts Busy 2015

Portland Port Cruise Ship

Published at 10:16am 10th March 2015.

Portland Port is predicting another increase in passengers for a fourth year in a row, making it a leading cruise destination in the South West.

Portland Port is predicting another increase in passengers for a fourth year in a row, making it a leading cruise destination in the South West.

The Port's predicting a 5% increase on last year's numbers, with 26,000 people expected to visit the Island this year and a host of local attractions.

The 2015 cruise season appeared to start early this year with the surprise arrival of Azores at the end of February.

The vessel, originally destined for Norway, encountered bad weather on her previous cruise and had a quick change to itinerary - making Portland Port the last minute attractive alternative.

With minimal notice Portland Port, with assistance of local stevedoring companies, helped turn around the ship, its 60 tonnes of stores and 840 passengers in around 9 hours. Azores became underway to her original destination to see the Northern Lights.

The Royal Caribbean Line 'Serenade of the Sea' is still expected to be the official opener of the 2015 season as the first call to Portland.

More than 2,350 passengers are due to arrive this year, when a Norwegian Cruise Line ship docks for the first time.