Bigger Cruise Ships Coming To Portland

Portland Port

Published at 9:36am 14th March 2016. (Updated at 7:28am 15th March 2016)

Plans have been finalised to extend the port's primary cruise berth, with work scheduled to start this spring.

Even bigger cruise ships will be docking at Portland Port.

Plans have been finalised to extend the port’s primary cruise berth, with work scheduled to start this spring.

It’s hoped the changes will bring a further boost to passenger numbers which are slightly down across the industry.

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.

Ian McQuade, General Manager – Commercial, at Portland Port added; “We are lucky to have minimum water depths of 9.6m on our main cruise berth, now with the berth extension we will be able handle ships in excess of 340m LOA, putting us in a very unique group of ports along the English Channel. When we add this to our proximity to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Stonehenge, Bath and the Jurassic Coast, along with easy access to the many attractions of the beautiful English countryside, we feel we will be very well positioned to continue to serve an ever increasing range of cruise line customers”.

Whilst Portland will witness a small dip in passenger numbers and ship calls this year, the port is still excited about the prospects of two flagships from key players in the cruise industry visiting the port for the first time in 2016. The ‘Koningsdam’ and ‘Mein Schiff 5’ from Holland America Lines and the TUI Group respectively are both just shy of 300m long and together are expected to bring approximately 5,000 passengers into Portland. 2016 will also see the Saga Sapphire visiting the port for the first time, with regular customers Holland America, Costa and Phoenix Reisen returning to Portland for another year. “Cruise visits are down across a number of UK ports in for a variety of reasons. That said, 2017 is shaping up to be a good year with passenger numbers back to, and indeed, exceeding previous levels. We are continuing to work very hard at securing a promising future for Portland as a cruise destination.” commented Ian McQuade.