Portland Port set for record breaking cruise season

Portland Port set for record breaking cruise season

Published by George Sharpe at 1:00pm 14th January 2020.

Over the last two decades Portland Port's been rising in demand from cruisers. In 2000 there were just 3 calls at the port.

Last year there were 41 and this year the island's expected even more ships dropping anchor at it's port.

10 of the 46 ships expected to visit this year will receive a hand caved Portland stone plaque to commemorate their visit, as it'll be their first time visiting.

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Ian McQuade, General Manager (Commercial) of the Port said:

"2020 is going to be a fantastic year for cruise ships at Portland Port and we look forward to giving every ship a very warm welcome to Dorset, as well as a departure to remember with the help of local entertainment groups". 

Starting early

This year the cruise season is starting earlier than usual to higher demand, with the first ship arriving on the 9th March, and the last on the 25th November.

The first ship to arrive in the port wil be the MS Fridtjof Nansen - which takes passengers on unique nature-based tours in remote areas of the world. It's got custom built expedition equpment on board, including kayaks and underwater drones.

The Norwegian Escape is the heaviest vessel due, with a staggering passenger capacity of 4,266.

Celebrity Cruises are also visiting Portland for the first time with the luxurious Celebrity Reflection visiting on the 14th May.

Returning visitors include the family favourite Disney Magic, Phoenix Reisen, AIDA, Regent Seven Seas, Saga and others.